Our Leaflets

  • Your new baby, your family and you

    Pregnancy and the birth of a new baby may stir up hidden feelings, hopes and fears for mothers, fathers and other members of the family. These thoughts and feelings can take you by surprise. Knowing that this can happen,
    and understanding why, may help you to manage your own response and to give your baby a sense of security from the start.

    Pregnancy and birth

    You may have thoughts about what your new baby w...

  • Crying and sleeping

    in the first months of life

    Crying and sleeping problems are two of the most common difficulties for parents of babies under one. Nearly all parents will experience difficulties with their baby’s crying or interrupted sleep in the early months.
      Try to imagine the world from your baby’s point of view. In the womb they were in a world of their own, made especially for them. In being born they have already made the ...

  • Postnatal depression

    a problem for all the family

    Having a baby is supposed to be one of the most exciting and joyful experiences you’ll ever have. But often the reality feels quite different. You may be surprised, and even alarmed, to experience feelings you hadn’t expected. Childbirth can leave you feeling exhausted and anxious, as well as shocked by the sudden changes in your life as a result of becoming a mother.

  • Tempers and tears

    in the twos and threes

    It’s a long way from being a helpless baby to becoming a relatively independent three or four year old, ready to go to playgroup or nursery. It can be an exciting journey of discovery – but it can also seem like a very bumpy ride for both you and your child.
      As children move towards their second birthday, they want to take part in what is going on around them – exploring and playing, watching ...

  • Sibling rivalry

    the arrival of a new brother or sister

    If you have more than one child under five you are probably all too familiar with some of the problems of sibling rivalry. Sometimes parents who have made a relatively smooth adjustment to their first baby are completelybowled over by the experience of a second. Quite apart from all the practical arrangements and physical demands, you shouldn’t underestimate the emotional turmoil caused by a new additio...

  • Separations and changes in the early years

    understanding the anxieties of parents and children from birth to four years

    When babies are born they leave the warm and comfortable world of the womb and enter an unknown world. It is their first experience of separation and the beginning of a lifelong series of steps and challenges. Each stage of
    the process – going to the childminder, starting school, leaving home – is marked by a separatio...

  • Understanding your overactive child

    For many years parents, nursery staff and teachers have found a certain sort of child hard to manage. Such children find it difficult to concentrate, preferring activity to concentration, being quick to react, and not thinking before they act. Children like this cause a lot of upset to parents and teachers alike, ‘getting under their skin’, adding to the stress they probably already feel under. Without support, and an acknowledgement of the kind of diffic...

  • The child’s experience of primary school

    Families lay the foundations for a feeling of security. At its best, the family is the base from which the child learns to face and cope with the anxieties of life.
    Apart from home, school is the single most important place in the lives of most children. Their experience of school will play a vital part in their lives and will determine their academic, social and, probably, their occupational future. The reception year is crucial. Research show...

  • Supporting teenagers

    helping parents and professionals to understand the early teenage years

    Parents usually develop some confidence in their capacity to see their young children through problems. Everyone knows how important it is for parents to be involved with their children in the early years and at primary
    school, so it’s not difficult to get to know your children’s friends and teachers and to share anxieties with other parents at the school gate. This confidence can eva...

  • Divorce and separation

    helping children and parents to cope

    As parents, we all hope to build a safe familiar world for our children to grow up in. When your children experience the ordinary losses and disappointments of life, as an adult you can stand back a bit from their distress and offer them your sympathy and support. But when you face a serious family loss or upheaval, it is a struggle to manage your own grief, disappointment or anger, so at first you may not be able to help you...

  • Grandparents and the extended family

    understanding the importance of wider family relationships for children and their parents

    Becoming a grandparent is an important step in adult life. For many people it is a joyful one, opening up possibilities for the grandparents themselves, for the grandchildren and for the parents. Grandchildren provide a new focus for family relationships and can rekindle the kind of intimacy that might have got lost along the way – enriching lives across three g...

  • Bereavement

    helping parents and children cope when someone close to them dies

    How best can you help your child when someone close to them dies? What if you are grieving too? Do children grieve in the same way as adults? What about very young children? What is ‘normal’ grieving in a child and what do you need to worry about? This leaflet suggests ways that adults can help children to come to terms with grief and bereavement.

    Children’s thoughts abo...

  • Hold it and count to ten

    your survival guide

    with young children

    1. Recognise your child as an individual right from the start

    2. All children are different - comparing them is not always helpful

    3. Read more

  • Booklet – Understanding childhood, key stages in your child’s emotional development from birth to adulthood

    What is 'normal' development? This booklet is about understanding stages in ordinary emotional development. To help parents and those who work with children and families to make sense of children's behaviour and give greater confidence in their own resources.