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Author: Dr Laura Markham

Preventing middle child syndrome

Preventing middle child syndrome by Dr Laura Markham Studies have found that middle children are often less close to their parents. That makes sense: they never had time as an ‘only’ child the way the oldest child did, and they had to stop being the baby when another child came along. They are usually babied for a shorter period of time and get less parental attention. Often, parents really are less close to the middle child because there is simply less one-on-one time to build a relationship. Lonely in the middle Middle children may also struggle with an ‘identity...

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How to do damage control when you fight in front of your kids

Conflict is part of every human relationship. If we live with children, those conflicts will sometimes come up in front of the kids. In the past, most experts reassured parents that there’s no harm in children seeing them fight, as long as the kids also see the parents make up afterwards. However, recent developments in neurological research challenge this view. Not surprisingly, it turns out that when children hear angry yelling, their stress hormones shoot up. In fact, even a sleeping infant registers loud, angry voices and experiences a rush of stress chemicals that takes some time to diminish....

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Managing Your Own Separation Anxiety

When the time comes to send your child to school, you might have a few strategies to help them cope with separation anxiety, but what about your own? Dr Laura Markham discusses her “12-Step Programme for Moms”, offering advice on how to manage the emotions of being away from your child. You’ve probably put a lot of thought and effort into helping your child adjust to school for the first time, and maybe you’ve also been looking forward to your new freedom. But if you’re like most parents, you’ve found yourself wiping away a tear or two as well....

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Where Attachment Parenting Ends and Responsible Parenting Begins

Clinical psychologist Dr Laura Markham explores what attachment parenting is, and the best way to do it to reap all of its benefits. Should you raise your child with attachment parenting principles? Research shows that babies thrive when their attachment needs are met, so the answer is clearly yes, if we define attachment parenting as responding to the baby’s need for connection. But as a psychologist, I’m concerned by how controversial the idea of attachment parenting has become. Of course you want a securely attached child, but are there specific rules that will help your child develop into one?...

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