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A Closer Look into How Abusers are Made

A Closer Look into How Abusers are Made

For World Mental Health Day tomorrow, the 10th October, I write not in support of abuse (and whatever your subjective idea of that is) but for awareness of the world that creates abusers and the justice system in which they are managed.   A world […]

Sensory Play Box – Opening

Sensory Play Box – Opening

We started getting this monthly subscription box a few months ago and it truly is the highlight of my kids’ month.  Especially my 6 year old son. As much as I’d love their highlight to be kicking leaves on a family woodland walk (and maybe […]

Why We All Have The Potential To Be Abusive And What To Do About It

Why We All Have The Potential To Be Abusive And What To Do About It

Abusive.  A word that generates anger, hate and a complete unwillingness to understand abusers. But I think we all have the potential to be abusers. Looking at parenting specifically, we all have struggles, some more than others.  We don’t talk about it but most people […]

There’s No Such Thing as the Perfect Parent

There’s No Such Thing as the Perfect Parent

It’s true.  Quite paradoxically, a perfect parent would be a flawed parent so the proposition of a perfect parent is impossible. Of course we all try to be a better parent. We read more of the right stuff, ask friends whose parenting we respect for […]

Why We Don’t Do Rewards

Why We Don’t Do Rewards

2 of the most popular methods to manage children’s behaviour at the moment are rewards and praise. You can’t give enough praise, they say. And give them a reward for good behaviour. That way they’ll be conditioned to do the thing we want them to […]

Boys and Emotions

Boys and Emotions

I want to encourage my son to feel his emotions but I find it REALLY hard. He’s an extremely emotional child and since starting school it’s skyrocketed. I’m supposed to be his support, his rock, but I have the emotional baggage of my own childhood […]

Tantrums – A Respectful Point of View

Tantrums – A Respectful Point of View

  I’ve always said my children don’t have tantrums, but I’ve realised they probably do, I just don’t view them as such. Where others see a tantrum I see a child struggling to manage their emotions.  A tired child not coping well or a child […]