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Say No To Shame and Humiliation

Recently it came to my attention that a teacher in a local school was using a white board to name and shame students.  She called it her numpty board; numpty according to dictionary.com meaning “stupid person”.  Across the internet also, we sometimes … Continue reading

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Emotional Availability: What is it and Why is it important?

Are you available for your children? Most of us would probably say yes, but are we really available for them in our busy everyday lives where stress abounds, deadlines press and the clock seems to tick away faster than ever … Continue reading

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Kindness Begets Kindness

There is an old English proverb that says “Kindness begets kindness” and it is no truer than when applied to parenting.  Children brought up with kindness will exhibit the same in their own lives, be more empathetic and compassionate but … Continue reading

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Hold Fast To That Which Is Good – A Motto For Parents Of Teenagers

Today, my boy came back.  He’s been away for a few months and it was good to have the old him back home.  Well if I’m honest, the physical “he” never left but as a 14 year old, he’s been … Continue reading

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Shared Child Care

My daughter is coming up 20. When I was her age, or maybe a little older, I was working at the BBC in London in the production departments with the Sports and Events teams.  Broadcasting was my love and a … Continue reading

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I Love You Just Not Your Behaviour!

Teenagers and Apologies Consider the situation – a noisy classroom, a stressed teacher and an exercise that needs considerable 1:1 between one student and the teacher leaving the others unsupervised for a large part of the lesson!  It doesn’t take … Continue reading

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Fostering Independence in Children

I remember clearly the moment I gave birth to my daughter and it occurred to me that parenting was going to be about letting go.  It was going to be a journey that my daughter and I would take together … Continue reading

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