What works to improve the emotional wellbeing of children in care?

In this informative video, NSPCC shares research and recommendations for what works in improving the mental health and emotional wellbeing for children in care. Around half of children in care have a problem with their mental health, which is four times as likely as children who aren’t in care. To find out what can be done to improve the emotional wellbeing of children in care, click here: http://www.nspcc.org.uk/wellbeing

The 5 worst compliments you can give to your kids


Praising children is good for their self-esteem, but these 5 praises may be hurting them.

Praising children encourages them, but there's a right way and a wrong way of giving compliments. While some forms of praise help develop your child's self-esteem, others can turn a child into an arrogant, insecure person with a great fear of failure. Check out some of the worst ways to praise your child, and how they can hurt rather than help:

1. "You are the most beautiful child there is"
No matter what label you use to praise your children (most beautiful, smartest, best, etc), comparing them to other children will create a deep competitive nature, and a need to always outdo others. Such people are usually arrogant. They have a hard time celebrating other's successes, and are jealous when they come across someone who may be considered "better."

2. "Congratulations, congratulations and congratulations"
The word is written three times, because it represents excess. Parents who congratulate a child over everything they've done create a need for constant recognition in the child. When his or her work or achievements are not recognized, it's extremely frustrating, and can make him feel angry or defeated.

Parenting styles

This informative video from Chwellbeing describes the four different parenting styles and the effects these styles have on your child. What is your parenting style?