Parents who want to transform their family life and have more fun with their children, now have the opportunity first-hand with the release of Little Angels (BBC Books, £8.99) on 14.04.05, featuring advice from the programme's clinical psychologist Dr Tanya Byron and executive producer Sacha Baveystock.
The book accompanies the popular BBC television series of the same name in which Dr Byron, along with Rachel Morris and Dr Stephen Briers, offers frazzled families a helping hand with their hands-on parenting techniques.
In the book Tanya and Sacha draw on the stories of the 20 families featured in the programmes and describe how some of the methods can be put into practice by all parents of two- to nine-year olds.
Parents are invited to take an honest look at their behaviour and to think about how it can have an impact on their children. The book demonstrates that what parents might consider 'bad behaviour', from tantrums to sleep problems, can often be triggered by other factors. And by challenging their own beliefs and shifting to a new, more positive perspective, parents can adopt a more positive approach to their home life.
Common child behavioural issues like fighting, aggression, feeding, toilet behaviour, defiance, not doing what they are asked (non compliance) and emotional problems, including anxiety and low self-esteem, are all tackled thoughtfully with sensible advice such as using sticker charts to reward good behaviour, and with case studies from the TV series to illustrate how other parents overcame similar challenges.
Dr Tanya Byron is a Consultant Clinical psychologist and has worked in the NHS for 15 years. Having much experience working and teaching in many areas of mental health and psychology, Tanya specialises in child and adolescent mental health where she treats children and teenagers with psychological, emotional and behavioural difficulties, such as problems with aggression, sleeping or eating. Her own little angels are 6 and 9.
She is currently filming the new BBC series Teen Angels and will be taking the helm at Television's first ever toddler sanctuary - a retreat for desperate parents and their unruly offspring in a landmark new series for BBC THREE this spring.
Sacha Baveystock is executive producer of Little Angels and has produced medical and science programmes for the BBC for 9 years, including Tomorrow's World and Trust Me I'm a Doctor. She has 3 children aged 2, 5 and 7 who have unknowingly benefited from the series.