Why does my child tantrum when they come home from school? The Cola Bottle Analogy

photo of an exploding cola bottle with the text Bad Behaviour After School? The Cola Bottle Analogy

Have you ever noticed that children seem to behave worse when they come home from school? From tantrums, screaming and crying, to rudeness and defiance. They seem to have had a good day at school and the teacher hasn’t mentioned any problems or misbehaviour. You can’t see any reason why they’re behaving this way and […]

What I wish my friends & family understood about my child’s school refusal

Having a child who refuses to go to school means you find yourself in a very difficult situation. You need support around you to help you support your child and this is where friends can be a great help. Yet, dealing with an emotional child who suffers from school refusal means you often find yourself […]

Why Mums Need to Look After Themselves

Being a mum is hard. With everything a mum has to juggle and balance you often feel like a juggler trying to keep several balls in the air at once.   Each child, the house, your husband, the pets, the car, finances…. The list is extensive With all these balls up in the air, it’s easy […]

Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour and Barnardo’s Support

Being a parent is hard. It is one of the hardest things you will ever have to do. It’s also the most rewarding and it flies by really quickly, but whilst you’re in the middle of the challenges it can seem never-ending. It is also isolating. When you become a parent you can lose friends […]

Code words for Teenagers

Being a teenager is hard but dealing with peer pressure is harder. This is where code words can be helpful. Two summers ago my son got into mischief with some friends. Even though he knew it was wrong, he got carried away with his friends and didn’t know how to say no. He regrets what […]