Give your child something that belongs to you while you are away

If you will be away from home for a while due to work or travel commitments, younger children especially will love to have something of yours that they can hold, smell and even sleep with while you are away.

Having an item of your clothing or something similar will help your young child feel connected to you when you are away from home. This can help them be more settled and less upset by your absence. Alternatively, you could ask your child to mind something of yours – a watch, say, or a special pen – for you while you are away.


Be the voice in your child’s head

Peer pressure can be very hard to ignore. To help your kids avoid giving in to peer pressure, it is important to be the voice in your child’s head encouraging them to think twice before following the masses.


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