author Emilie Leeks,

Our youngest (2 1/2 years at the time of writing), is generally quite a cheerful, easy-going little boy, but he has never really liked having his teeth brushed - some days are easier than others, and if he is distracted you can sometimes get in and do it without him really noticing. But we really wanted to tackle the root of the problem - even though we didn't have a clue what that was!

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author Emilie Leeks,

This mother, who uses Listening Partnerships regularly to fill her cup and build her resilience, thought creatively, exercised great patience, and found the connection she built with her child made it completely worth the hard work she put in.

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author Emilie Leeks,

Listening through our children's tears and other big feelings, rather than shushing, distracting or fixing things to get them to stop, feels quite alien at first for many of us. But once we have gained an understanding that expressing big emotions helps to 'clear the air' - to get us back to clear thinking and joyful living - there's no going back.

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author Emilie Leeks,

She is extremely capable for her age and always has been, but in the last (quite a) few months, she has been asking us to do pretty much everything for her - getting her dressed, doing her teeth, picking things up that she has dropped, etc etc. But this morning I suddenly realised that she was getting herself dressed.

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author Emilie Leeks,

Read this book if: You have, or work with, a child who appears anxious Things aren't moving forward for a child with regard to a particular issue (e.g. aggression) - even if the child doesn't seem anxious You want to better understand where anxiety comes from and what it can look like You want creative ideas of how to tackle anxiety in everyday life and through games and playfulness You have, or think you have, anxiety yourself!

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