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Between: A guide for parents of eight to thirteen-year-olds

Sarah Ockwell-Smith

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Teenagers: advice for parents

How to understand, support and guide your child through the tween years (8-13)

BETWEEN is a modern guide for parents of 8-13 year-olds - also known as 'tweenagers'. Parenting expert and mother of four Sarah Ockwell-Smith will consider all the issues faced by parents and tweens today, with a focus on the biology, neurology, psychology and sociology of adolescence as well as plenty of practical parenting advice for common everyday situations.

The book will cover:

* How a child's brain and body develops in this age range and how this impacts their behaviour
*How your relationship with your child changes as they grow up - your new place as a parent
* Revisiting your own tween and teen years - why it's important to remove triggers and unhelpful inherited beliefs from your own upbringing
*Coping with common tween behaviour: disrespect, rudeness, backchat, swearing, sulks, defiance, laziness, anger and violence
* Speaking to your child about sex and relationships (including LGBTQ+ issues and body autonomy)
* Speaking to your child about racism, sexism and homophobia/transphobia
* Speaking to your child about diet, body care and body positivity
* Screen time and social media usage - how their online life impacts children today
* Sleep - how much tweens need, why most don't get enough and how to get them to have more
* Issues at school - including motivation, revision, homework, coping with workload, school related anxiety and bullying
* How to encourage good mental health and support children with common emotional issues (including climate change anxiety)
* Friendships and peer pressure - their impact and how to help if they go wrong, or are toxic. Encouraging individuality and coping with comparison.
* Independence and freedom - when to give it and how to strike an appropriate balance

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Sarah Ockwell-Smith

Sarah Ockwell-Smith is the mother of four young children. She has a BSc in Psychology and worked for several years in Pharmaceutical Research and Development. Following the birth of her firstborn, Sarah re-trained as a Paediatric Homeopath, HypnoBirthing Antenatal Teacher and Birth and Postnatal Doula. She has also undertaken training in Baby Massage, Hypnotherapy and Psychotherapy. She is the founder of Babycalm (www.babycalm.co.uk), an award-winning company offering support and classes to new parents and subsequently launched ToddlerCalm in April 2012. ToddlerCalm have 50 UK teachers as well as teachers in place in Canada, New Zealand and South Africa. They have also formed a partnership with the Active Birth Centre and run regular workshops from their London headquarters (www.toddlercalming.co.uk).

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