Miley Cyrus, procrastination and yelling

EP 60-Youth Success Show


In this show we discuss yelling and shouting at your teenagers and why it isn’t a great idea, procrastination around school work and what is the real issue with Miley taking her clothes off !

Join Sarah Newton and Annie Fox and guests as they answer the fundamental question, what makes youth successful? What empowers them? What makes them want to change? Why do they behave the way they do and most importantly, how can we positively impact and influence them? Together, Sarah and Annie have over 40+ years experience in the youth field. Sarah, an ex-police officer in London, started her consulting business 14 years ago and is well known worldwide for her TV and radio work. Annie is a parenting expert who has been answering teen email questions since 1997. Join them on The Youth Success Show as these two seasoned experts  share their ideas, thoughts, perspectives and tools to help youth thrive.

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Parenting Styles

Parenting styles is about really knowing your children.

parenting stylesI am not really a fan of a one-size-fits-all parenting style or approach and never have been, even though I have written books on it. I am not a fan of the parenting expert, even though I have been called one. In fact I hate the word parenting if I am truly honest. Why, you may ask? Well it is because really I just believe in interaction in relationships and in understanding that each person is different and need a different approach. Each parenting style should be different for each child.

My Parenting style

Let me show you how this works in my own life with my own children.

We have bad colds in our house; they started on Boxing Day and are still going on.  I am not a great patient or a great nurse to be honest, so I don’t do illness very well either way.

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Healthy Tips for Christmas

Healthy Tips for Christmas

Healthy Tips for ChristmasMaggie Ayre is the UKs leading Fitness Coach for Teen Girls. As well as one-to-one and small group nutrition and fitness sessions she has designed an online nutrition plan specifically for teens. She has also developed the 3G Program designed to be run at schools as part of the PE curriculum and she offers mentoring for PE departments on how to re-engage teen girls with PE. Maggie has recently published her third book; “Nutrition for Exam Success – A Parent’s Guide” which is now available as a Kindle and paperback at Amazon.

  1. Don’t eat too much!

It’s all too easy for Xmas to stretch from the day schools break up to the day kids return to school.  Limit your celebratory days to the traditional Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

  1. Do something active every day…..

or allow yourself just Xmas Day off.  Walking, cycling, or jogging all count if your exercise class or sports club are closed.

3.Processed or salty food will make you feel sluggish.

Stick to fresh fruit and vegetables to keep your energy levels high.

4.Keep up your water intake. 

Over-indulging in tea, coffee, fizzy drinks and alcohol wont help your body work at its best.

5.Watch out for the alcohol. 

Many teens try alcohol for the first time over Xmas.  Make sure they know all the facts and drink sensibly.  You can’t make all their decisions for them but you can keep them informed.

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Family Communication

Family communication – communicate better over Christmas.

family communicationFamily communication can be a challenge at the best of time but over Christmas it can become very strained! So how do you make sure your family communication doesn’t suffer over the festive season? We asked family communication expert Lisa Warner for some tips.

Lisa Warner is a mum of four and a grandmother of two; she is an advocate of laid back parenting and believes that children need space to learn, play and make plenty of mistakes so they can develop resilience, confidence and self esteem. She is also the founder of Fink Cards and is passionate about helping children become confident communicators.

Family Communication – 10 Christmas communication tips.

1. Find time to talk.

Christmas can be a frantic and busy time and whilst you are running around trying to get 100 and 1 things done, remember to make time for regular family communication as it is the key to family harmony this Christmas.

2.   Have fun at the table.

If you are dreading family mealtimes this Christmas have fun at the table by downloading our free conversation cards or get the children to make some homemade question cards. Place these on each place setting and have some fun conversation at dinner.

3 . Family meeting.

Before all craziness begins take some time to have a family meeting, talk about your plans for Christmas, share out tasks and get everyone involved to share the work load.

4. What’s important to your family?

Do you look forward to some quiet family time at Christmas or is it about big parties? Do you enjoy travelling to see family or would you prefer to stay at home? To avoid arguments and disharmony this Christmas be clear on what’s important to your family.

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How to Get the Whole Family Involved in Christmas

whole family involved in ChristmasIt’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. Between preparing elaborate feasts, adorning your home (both inside and out), setting up a Pinterest worthy Christmas tree, baking delectable holiday treats and carefully selecting the perfect presents for friends and family, keeping the season jolly can become a daunting task. But don’t let the seemingly endless list of to-dos cloud your sight on what truly matters this season: spending time with loved ones.

With a growing family it can be challenging to get your once enthused kids in the holiday spirit, but don’t give up hope. There are several ways to incorporate your whole family, including that sullen teenager, in your holiday festivities.

For Younger Children: Mail Call

Establish a sense of responsibility and contribution in younger children by tasking them with holiday card duty. Each day, have your child collect the mail and sort any holiday cards. As a family, you can view each card over dinner, with your youngest child initiating the card passing and then hanging them with care on your designated display. This will give your child a daily task to instill consistency and responsibility while encouraging excitement for the holiday season. It also will give you time to catch up with friends near and far via their holiday greetings.

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