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Welcome Hi everyone, welcome to the October edition. Shorter days and colder evenings are waiting in the wings, as we bid a fond farewell to British Summertime on the 28th, don’t forget the clocks go BACK! September was barely halfway through when I pulled out the first of my winter woollies, and set the heating in the office for the early morning. So much for any thoughts of an Indian Summer! You may remember that back in March, I said that I planned to turn over a new leaf to address my health and extreme lack of fitness. Let’s just say it didn’t go quite according to plan, but the on the positive side I am now exercising regularly and the days of the couch potato are behind me (for now!). In order to remove all excuses of weather, timing and anything else I could think of, we invested in a treadmill. With the help of some favourite upbeat music tracks, I am revisiting my disco bunny days of the 70’s and 80’s, whilst walking briskly for 30-40 minutes three or four times a week. My blood pressure is down, I’ve lost some weight and I can do so much more than I could at the

beginning of the year. Now that I associate exercise with fun, and in my head I’m 20 again, I’m confident that I can keep going. It was just a matter of finding something to suit my own personality. As is typical of the October edition, Christmas is now on the menu, before we know it the party season will be up and running. Do keep those events coming in, remember they’re free to advertise! Until next time, have a great month.

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Autumn Entertainment From new releases to true classics, there’s plenty to keep you entertained from our choice of books this month. How to Stop Time – Matt Haig Tom Hazard looks like he’s 40, but he’s been alive for centuries. People notice when you age so slowly, so Tom has to change his identity every eight years – a new name, new job, new friends. Falling in love isn’t an option and it’s best not to get too attached to anyone, as they’ll only die. But Tom craves an ordinary life. Beautifully written, this book is begging to be devoured in one sitting. Home Fire – Kamila Shamsie After years of raising her younger siblings, Isma is free to live her own life and to start a career in America. Back in the UK, her sister, Aneeka, is struggling in a society that sees her hijab as a threat. Enter Eamonn, the son of a well-known London politician, who will have a lasting effect on both women. This reimagining of Sophocles’ Antigone covers some pretty big issues, from religion, politics and extremism to love and family ties. However, Shamsie’s skilful writing means the themes never suffocate the story. A powerful book.

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Entrepreneurial You – Dorie Clark If you’re fed up of the daily grind and fancy setting up on your own, this book might prove a good starting point. The tagline is a good indication of the content – ‘Monetize Your Expertise, Create Multiple Income Streams, and Thrive’. Clark offers advice on choosing what to do, building your brand and finding people to buy from you. There are plenty of case studies to be inspired by and, unlike many other business books, it’s not too heavy a read.

Extracted Trilogy – RR Haywood Harry Madden died after blowing up a German base in WW2. Safa Patel saved the prime minister, before being killed by terrorists. Ben Ryder was hit by a train while trying to stop armed men blowing up an underground station. Now these three heroes find themselves ‘extracted’ from their untimely deaths, by a man with a time-machine who wants them to save the world. A thoroughly enjoyable read, with a tightly-written plot, great characters and plenty of action.

The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood Now a critically acclaimed TV series, The Handmaid’s Tale was first published in 1985. The US government has been overthrown by a fundamentalist Christian organisation, which strips women of their rights. Birth rates have plummeted and, as one of the few fertile women left, June is forced to become a handmaid to a powerful commander, Fred. Renamed Offred, her sole purpose is to bear her master’s children. Gripping.

The Break – Marian Keyes Bestselling author Marian Keyes’ latest book centres around fortysomething Amy, whose husband Hugh has decided he wants a break. It’s not that he doesn’t love her; he just wants some time for himself. Six months’ worth of time in fact. But if he’s on a break, then surely Amy deserves a bit of freedom too? An amusing, easy read for curling up with on a cold winter’s evening.


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Gardeners In Glass Houses by Pippa Greenwood

If you can possibly squeeze a greenhouse in to your garden, it’ll be a purchase you won’t regret. A greenhouse will literally transform your gardening activities and open up a whole new range of possibilities - but what should you get and where should you put it? A greenhouse needs to be sited well away from large trees. These not only make for shady conditions that will reduce light getting to the plants inside the greenhouse, but falling branches or other tree debris also increase the risk of damage to the glass as well as the guttering becoming clogged. If you are going to want to install electrical equipment such as heating, lighting or even some electrically heated propagators, bear in mind that the further the greenhouse is from the house or other existing supply, the more expensive it will be to install underground armoured cable. So what size should you go for? The answer is simple, larger than you might expect! Pretty well whatever the size of greenhouse you get, you can be sure you will eventually wish it was larger. Most of the initial costs rise by

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a relatively small amount as the size of the greenhouse increases, so save up a little longer if necessary. But any greenhouse is better than none, so if space or budget only allow for a 4ft x 4ft, then still go for it! Most greenhouses have a frame made from wood or metal (most commonly aluminium). Which you choose will really depend on personal preference: many prefer the look of wood, but it will need regular maintenance unless it is western red cedar. Whichever you choose, make sure it is sturdily constructed, especially if you live in a wind-prone area. In the height of summer a greenhouse will soon heat up, and temperatures can rise to the extent that plants will be damaged or even killed. Plenty of ventilation helps to reduce the temperature and also allows for better air circulation, so reducing problems with plant diseases etc. Consider roof vents as well, which aid air circulation and are an especially efficient way to let excess heat escape. Make sure that the doorway to your greenhouse is wide enough for easy access. Occasionally you see some that are so skinny you’d struggle to get through them

if you were carrying anything heavy or bulky. If possible choose one wide enough for you to push a wheelbarrow through with ease – this will make jobs such as changing the border soil or just bringing in compost so much easier. A greenhouse should be erected on a solid base - perhaps paving slabs, concrete or bricks - or on a skirt or surround of paving or concrete. The choice needs to be made at the outset, and your supplier will be able to advise on what is best for the greenhouse you choose. I prefer to have a solid path up the centre of the greenhouse (essential for practicality) and then an open bed up one or both sides. The advantage of a bed is that you can fill it full of quality soil and plant directly into it, making maintenance of crops such as tomatoes an awful lot easier. A solid base means you will need to grow greenhouse crops in containers. When you’re placing the order, try to get some greenhouse staging in your greenhouse. This is usually made from wood or metal and is slatted, making a perfect place to stand seed trays, pots and propagators.


The Garden Most greenhouses are fitted with horticultural grade glass but there are other options; if the garden is used by children, you may decide to do as I did and install safety glass or reinforced glass to reduce the risk of a tragic accident – especially likely at the base of the greenhouse. Plastic, polythene or corrugated plastic ‘glazing’ are also available from some outlets; these are generally lower cost and less of a potential hazard - but check how long they are designed to last, and think about how they will look too. If possible consider some really useful extras, including: shading (necessary to help to keep temperatures down in the sunnier months and to reduce the risk of plant damage); guttering and a linked in water-butt (a brilliant way

to have a handy water supply without elaborate plumbing, and the green option too); and an electrical supply (expensive and must be installed by a properly qualified and registered electrician, but allows electrical heating, lighting, fans and installation of a heated propagator). My Top Reasons for Getting a Greenhouse • It allows you to grow a wider range of crops with ease. • It provides a longer growing season, giving shelter at both ends of the season. • You will be able to raise a lot of plants from seed yourself, so saving money. • It will dramatically reduce the risk of problems such as tomato blight.

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Move on almost 100 years or so and, while most of us don’t really feel that it’s unhygienic to take our clothes off in the bedroom, many of us do yearn for the luxury of a dressing room, a dedicated place in which to store clothes in good order, leaving the bedroom as a comfortable, tranquil place uncluttered by bulky wardrobes and chests of drawers. When space allows, this could be an immensely useful, functional space, as large and

luxurious as you like, containing not just clothes storage but also room for a dressing table, seating and plenty of mirrors. When space is restricted, perhaps in an apartment or older property, you may find that it is more efficient to turn a small room, part of a large landing or one end of a bathroom or the master bedroom into a dressing area packed with carefully designed storage. How big should a dressing room be? The most effective way to work it out is simply to get out your tape and measure everything that you’re planning to put in the room, then draw up plans and elevations of where and how they’ll fit. Most people opt for a combination of hanging space and drawers. Think of rails for full, half and three-quarterlength hanging, deep, shallow

There are three ways to fit out the space: find a carpenter or joiner to make you an utterly bespoke room; commission a fitted-furniture specialist and choose from one of their ranges; or use off-the-shelf elements, readily available from DIY sheds or storage specialists, and make it up yourself. The latter option, though undeniably the cheapest, has the disadvantage of being less flexible and, because all the parts will be made to standard measurements, may not make the best use of your space, particularly if it is awkwardly shaped. It is important to get the lighting right in a dressing room. Wall fittings, dangling pendants and floor lamps may be in the way, so inset ceiling spotlights are often the best option. Ensure


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Christmas Tree. We extend a warm welcome to any lady visitor and for further information please contact Joy Taylor 01303 812165 or Margaret Garrett 01303 4th Shadoxhurst Flower Arrangers next meeting 813932 an outstanding local demonstrator Robin White will be treating members to another of his fabulous 11th Wye Singers. We got off to a cracking start for the Autumn term brushing up on Karl Jenkins evenings. This time the theme is “Wooden it be Adiemus and learning Flow Water by Damien Kehoe Loverly”. The members competition will be for an finishing with some sing along favourites. Everyone arrangement entitled “Rough with the Smooth” is welcome of any ability so come and join us every 6th Tenterden & District Horticultural Society’s second Wednesday in Latin School, Wye, (beside next meeting is 7.00 for 7.30pm in St. Mildred’s the churchyard). Doors open at 7.30pm, choir Church Hall, Tenterden when there will be a from 8 to 9.30pm. Cost pro rata at £25 per term. presentation by Mrs. Alison Marsden titled “More Enquiries to Toria Ward 07906 924005 or toriawye@ Garden Impact for Less Effort”. For further enquiries gmail.com or Mark Harding on 07739413666 or please contact Janice Parsons on 01580 763900 or markharding2’icloud.com. email richard_jan@btopenworld.com 13th Woodchurch Film Society will be showing 8th Four Seasons of Music at St Mary’s Smeeth ‘A Street Cat Named Bob’ at The memorial Hall, The Autumn: The Bourne Consort at 3pm. The Bourne Green, Woodchurch TN26 3PF. Doors open at 7pm Consort perform unaccompanied vocal music for 7.30pm screening. Tickets: £4 (members), £5 (nonconducted by Matthew Raisbeck.Donations at the members). All available at the door Refreshments door consisting hot & cold drinks plus home-made cakes for sale. 9th Smeeth W.I. will meet at Brabourne and

Smeeth Village Hall at 7.30pm when Heather West 17th Demonstrator Sue Thompson will be staging will hold a Craft Class and guide our fingers into a floral art demonstration entitled ’Up the Garden making a Christmas decoration. We look forward to Path’ for Ashford Flower Club at Furley Hall, Maidstone being able to take home something special for the Road, Ashford TN24 8TX. Demonstration starts at

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7.30pm (doors open 7.00pm). Tickets are £3.00, and can be purchased at the door. All demonstrated arrangements will be raffled at the end of the evening - you could be one of the winners, so come along and meet us. 20/21 Woodchurch Players celebrate their one hundredth production! The Players present ‘A night of Comedy’ as their October production in the Memorial Hall. ‘Deck Chairs’ consists of two one act comedies, set on a seaside promenade. The second half of the evening is a comedy written by Woodchurch Player Simon Phelps ‘Waiting for Chris’. Performances on Friday 20th October at 7.30pm and Saturday 21st October at 2.30pm and 7.30pm. Tickets available at the Community Centre 01233 861381 or book on line www.woodchurchplayers. com 25th The Biddenden Horticultural Society meets in the New Village Hall (7:15pm for 7:30pm start). Tonight Sally Berkeley will be giving a talk entitled ‘The Madness of Gardeners – Tulips and Ferns’ Members fees are £2, Non Members £3. Annual membership £5. New members always welcome. Contact Irene on 01580 291777 or Lesley on 01580 291931

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Beef And Pepper Stroganoff Serves 4

Ready in 25 minutes

This is a fabulously quick and easy supper that is packed full of flavour. Serve with a watercress or rocket salad, if liked.

Ingredients: • 350g tagliatelle • 1tbsp olive oil • 4 flash-fry steaks (each about 125g), cut into thin strips • 1 large onion, peeled and thinly sliced • 1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed • 1 large red pepper, deseeded and thinly sliced • 300ml carton half-fat crème fraiche • 2tsp coarsely ground black pepper • 1-2 tbsp freshly chopped flatleaf parsley

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Bring a large pan of lightly salted water to the boil. Add the tagliatelle and cook for 8-10 minutes or according to the packet instructions. Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and stir-fry the steak strips over a very high heat until browned. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onion and garlic to the pan and fry for 3-4 minutes until golden then add the pepper slices and cook for a further 2-3 minutes. Return the steak strips and any meat juices to the pan and stir in the crème fraiche and ground black pepper. Heat through gently. Stir in the parsley and adjust the seasoning to taste. Drain the tagliatelle and divide between four warmed shallow pasta bowls. Spoon the steak mixture on top and garnish with a little more freshly ground black pepper.


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Living in this beautiful corner of the country, ‘The Garden of England’, we are fortunate to be surrounded by fields, farms and orchards, producing the freshest local fare. With the advent of 24-hour supermarkets stocking fruit and veg from all over the world, all year round, it is easy to forget that we can eat far better and help local businesses, if we shop local. I recently had the pleasure of meeting Sam Nightingale from the Nightingale Cider Company (formerly Gibbet Oak Cider, Farm & Farm Shop) whose family owns and runs the oldest farm shop in Tenterden. The Nightingale family have been growing fruit in Kent since 1948 and have been based at Gibbet Oak Farm for the past 33 years. The farm shop grew from the humble beginnings of an honesty stall over 20 years ago and now boasts a cider and juice company as well.

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Cake and Bake Chocolate and Orange Puddings Chocolate and orange are perfect flavour partners and these lovely individual puddings taste delicious served warm with custard or cream.

Ingredients: • 3 small clementines or satsumas, thinly sliced • 175g unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing • 175g caster sugar • 3 large eggs, beaten • 125g self-raising flour • 50g cocoa powder, sifted • 1 tbsp fresh orange juice • 2 tsp orange zest • Custard or cream, to serve

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1. Preheat the oven to 180°C, fan 160°C, gas mark 4. Butter and line the bases of 6 x 175ml metal pudding basins with circles of baking parchment. Place a slice of clementine or satsuma in the base of each basin and press 2-3 slices around the sides. 2. Put the butter and sugar in a bowl and, using an electric mixer, beat until pale and fluffy. Gradually beat in the eggs then sift over the flour and cocoa powder and fold into the creamed mixture with the orange juice and zest. 3. Divide the mixture between the pudding basins and cover each with a square of pleated, buttered foil, scrunching it tightly around the sides of each basin. Transfer to a roasting tin and pour in enough boiling water from a kettle to reach halfway up the sides of the basins. 4. Bake for 1 hour, until the puddings have risen and are firm to the touch, and a skewer inserted through the foil of one of the puddings comes out clean. Turn out and serve with custard or cream.


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Ashford Art Society welcomes new members. All ages & standards. A friendly group with a wide variety of events and meetings. Call 01233 630293 and 01303 850429 for details. Ashford Astronomical Society - Have you ever looked up at the night sky and thought ‘Wow!’, but wished you knew a bit more about it? Have you ever bought or been given a telescope and found it too difficult to setup and use? Astronomy is a fascinating and rewarding hobby, but it’s all to easy to be put off by obscure technical jargon, the enormous price of some of the equipment on sale and the sheer difficulty of knowing where to start. Contrary to popular belief, there is no requirement to be an ‘expert’ or a ‘top notch’ scientist, or even to buy huge quantities of expensive stuff to get going. All you need to start with is an interest in looking up at the night sky and a wish to know more about it. What else do you need? A welcoming and friendly Astronomy Society to guide you along of course! Contact : David Styles, General Secretary on secretary@ashfordastro.org.uk. Ashford Birdwatchers’ Club: Meets on the 2nd Wednesday monthly September to April inclusive from 7.30 to 9.30 pm at the WI Hall, Faversham Road, Kennington. All welcome to a friendly club; it doesn’t matter if you can’t identify many birds! Admission £3 including tea/coffee & biscuits. For information tel 01233 637067. Ashford Board Games Club Come to a session of the Board Games Club to play card, tile and board games of every kind: Carcassonne, Pandemic, Dominion, Small World, Agricola, Settlers of Catan or anything else. Every Sunday evening at 7pm at The Rose Inn, Faversham Road, Ashford TN24 9AJ Games players of every kind welcome. https://www. facebook.com/groups/31085029201 01233 625 362 Ashford Decorative & Fine Arts Society (part of NADFAS). A great way to expand your knowledge of the arts, with inspiring monthly lectures given by some of the countries top experts, together with days of special interest and arts visits. All lectures are in Aldington Village Hall, usually on the third Tuesday of each month, from September to June. Membership is open to all. See www.ashforddfas. org.uk Ashford & District Young Farmers’ Club meets every Wed. evening in and around the Ashford area. The club is always keen to see new faces and welcomes anyone aged 16 - 26 looking for a lively social life and a variety of activities and events to take part in. You don’t have to be a farmer to be a Young Farmer! For more email: ashfordyfc@gmail. com, www.ashfordyfc.co.uk, contact Charlie on 07753381718, or find us on Facebook.

Ashford Flower Club meets in Furley Hall, Ashford, on the third Tuesday of each month.For any details or further information about Ashford Flower Club, please contact: K.M Williams (Chairman) 07840 164011 or Mary Wiggins (Secretary) 01233 628278 Ashford Mediation Service is a small local charity who offers a mediation service to the community of Ashford which is open to all. Ashford Mediation Service helps to build happier more productive communities by using mediation to resolve disputes. Over the past 17 years we have helped 1000s of people find peaceful resolutions to disputes. If you are interested in using the service to resolve a dispute, or if you would like to train with us to become a volunteer mediator, please contact the office on 01233 896237 or visit our website www. ashfordmediation.co.uk for more information. Ashford Photographic Society meets at Givaudan Sports Centre every Friday from September to May. Check www.ashfordps.org.uk for full details. Ashford Radio Aeromodellers, we have a field at Sellindge for flying seven days a week, and fly indoors in Ashford Market on various Thursday evenings during the Autumn, Winter, & Spring, please visit www.araclub.co.uk for more details, or phone Iain on 07956501510, or myself (Roger) 01233 627694 Ashford Sinfonia Community Orchestra meets on Monday evenings 7.30 p.m. to 9.00 p.m St Mary the Virgin Church in Willesborough during term time. Players should be over Grade 3. We are an enthusiastic group of people who have either played since young, taken up an instrument in later life but who enjoy making music under the guidance of a very keen professional musician. We do have a website www.ashfordsinfonia.com and all contact numbers can be found there. New members are welcome to join us at 7.30pm to play classical and popular orchestral music. We welcome everyone. Coffee, Craft and Chat – at Kennington United Reformed/Methodist Church, 265 Faversham Road, Kennington. We meet on Wednesday mornings, 9am to 11.45am. Members have experience of a range of craft activities. Bring your favourite or learn to knit, crochet, etc. Bring and buy of unused materials and home made items. Board games are also available or just come for a chat. We have recently discovered a shared interest in jigsaw puzzles and have a small collection to lend. Everyone welcome. Contact Jane@kurc.org.uk for more information or just come along. Da Base Ashford Town Youth Centre, 5-7 Park Street, Ashford TN24 8LR (back of Iceland, opp. Wilkinson’s) contact us on 01233 631 472 or visit www.dabaseyouthcentre.com.


Dancing for Fun Ceilidh, Square Dance, Barn Dance, Folk Dance, Playford! No experience or partner required! Have fun, get fitter and meet new people! Nearly every Monday 7:45pm - 22:30pm at Hothfield Village Hall, Park Drive, Hothfield TN26 1EQ www. contrafusion.co.uk 01233 625 362 Invicta Ukulele Club meet on 2nd & 4th Monday at 19.30 in the Queens Head, Ashford Road, Kingsnorth, TN23 3ED where you can learn to play the ukulele, develop your playing and performing skills or just come along for a sing song. Admission ÂŁ2. Contact John on 07729 999276 or visit www. invictaukuleleclub.co.uk for more details. Kennington Badminton Club, play at the Norton Knatchbull School on a Wed evening from 7.30 p.m.10 p.m. Contact Shirley Mountford on 01233 610134. Kennington W.I. meets at 7.00pm on the second Monday of the month at their hall in the Faversham Road. Besides the Monthly Meeting we have smaller groups covering everything from Darts & Table Tennis to Art,Handicrafts, Gardening, Caligraphy & Drama. We also have a Book Club & Writers Group. We hold regular special events & outings together with a holiday abroad each year.We produce a pantomime every January & next year (2018) we shall be celebrating our Centenary.We are twinned with a new & lively W.I. in Manchester and enjoy much fun & friendship when we meet up as we do in our own company. There is no need to be lonely sitting at home when with Kennington W.I. you could be learning as well as having enjoyment almost every day of the week.Do come & join us - we would love to see you. For details contact Gill Tel: 01233 633550 or www. kenningtonwi.com or on facebook. Warehorne Folk Dance Club: Meets every Wednesday at Kingsnorth Village Hall, Church Hill, Kingsnorth, TN23 3EF from 8 to 10pm Beginners or experienced dancers welcome Contact Edna 01233 627121 or David 01233 812935.

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Willesborough Ladies Club: Held every fourth Wednesday of the Month at the W.I.Hall, Church Road, Willesborough. A thriving Club open to all. Ladies of any age even if you live outside of the Willesborough area. We have interesting speakers, demonstrations and outings and there is plenty of time during the evening to socialise and catch up with friends. Doors open at 7pm for 7.30pm start. Come along and give us a try we will be happy to see you. For further details contact Ann on 01233 627894 Willesborough Women’s Institute has been going strong for over 90 years and today our members enjoy the same kind of camaraderie and friendships that the ladies did all those years ago. However, these days we are much more aware of the world about us and get involved in many issues of the day. At our monthly meetings we enjoy interesting speakers and demos, as well as friendly social time. We have great fun at our Art & Crafts afternoons as well as a monthly Games Club where we play cards and scrabble. Both are on Thursdays from 2 - 4pm. Our friendly WI meets every 2nd Monday of the month at our own hall in Church Road, Willesborough. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.15 start. In no way are we stuffy or serious, we try to make everyone feel welcome so why not give us a try. For further information contact Jane on 01233 634180 or email sargeantjane@yahoo.co.uk.

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It can be bewildering when your child has a meltdown, as the reason for it often seems pretty minor. However, while children may think they’re upset because their sibling got an extra sweet or because they want to carry on watching TV, there’s often an underlying issue. Tiredness, hunger and sugar crashes can all make children over-emotional. Of course, children often won’t realise why they’re feeling like they do and may be very quick to tell you that no they’re not hungry, they’re cross because you’re just being SO UNFAIR. Children also often store up any anxieties and let them loose in a safe place, i.e. at home. An argument with a friend at school, for instance, can result in a shouting match over switching the TV off at home. Or, if your child is worried that you might love their siblings more than you love them, a perceived unfairness can be a trigger to letting that worry come out.

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A worry box can be a useful tool for discovering any underlying anxieties that may be bothering your child. Help them to decorate a cardboard box and write ‘Our worry box’ on the

side. Encourage your child to write down when something is worrying them, and to pop it in the box. If they’re too young to write their worry down, they could draw it or ask you to write it for them. Just the act of getting it down on paper can sometimes help children to work through the issue. Pick a quiet time, when your child seems at ease, to take out a piece of paper and discuss the worry. If your child is still feeling anxious about the issue, they can put it back in the box. Otherwise they can throw it away. COPING WITH A MELTDOWN A meltdown is usually fast and furious, but short lived. Speaking in a low, soothing voice can help children to calm down. Just repeating that they’re OK and that you’re here can be all that’s needed. Keeping calm when you’re being screamed at is certainly difficult, but reciprocating will just escalate the situation. If you need to walk away and take a few minutes to breathe deeply, then do so. Young children aren’t always capable of logic, so attempting to reason with them often won’t help. Likewise, telling them to

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