Pondering feedback: Part 2

I wrote last week about the impact of receiving feedback from my point of view, both as a parent and a writer. For me this is a big issue because of how I relate to feedback. And the response I had I felt was quite interesting. And writing it in turn made me look at…

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Pondering feedback as a parent and as a writer

Recently I have been thinking about both the giving and receiving of feedback quite a bit, and thinking about why it is important and how it can help or hinder success. Here I look at receiving it, and another time I shall look at the giving of it (because otherwise this post will be mammoth!)….

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Parenting Tools: How to communicate with your children

A parenting toolbox is something that we can draw upon to help us in our mission to raise our children successfully. In my case I am particularly interested in the emotional and psychological development of my children so I am filling my toolbox with skills that help me and them in that respect. Some of…

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The mental health price of academic focus

I am worried about the education we provide to the children in this country. I am worried because two of my daughters are going through it already and I don’t like what I see. I am worried because of my own negative experiences of secondary education. And I am worried because of the apathy some…

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What’s the worst that could happen?

When I was growing up my mum used to play what she called the ‘what if…’ game with me (what would you do if … happens?). It was her version of trying to teach me how to react to potential dangers in a multitude of situations. She wanted to keep me safe. The trouble with…

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Love on Mother’s Day

Three years ago on Mother’s Day, my third daughter was born. And now it will always be a special day to me. Because that was a day when I got to be close to my new arrival, when I was awash with love for my family. What an amazing present. Unfortunately I think Mother’s Day…

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Making a difference

After I recently published my post introducing my concept of empowered parenting and what it meant to me, I had a conversation with one of my friends. She asked me what I wanted to achieve by my cause, and I realised that whilst I wrote about the what, and some of the why, I thought…

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Parenting Tools: Community

A tool is something that helps us get a job done and in this series I am focusing on the job of raising our children, but it could equally be applied to succeeding in life as a whole. Parenting is just what some of us do as part of our lives. It became apparent to…

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Empowered Parenting – A Manifesto

So here I am at last to tell you all about my new plans, to lift the suspense! What led to this path? My emotional journey through life became especially significant when I became a parent. Before I hadn’t always been the happiest person but I muddled along; sometimes coping, sometimes not. All of a…

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The chicken and egg of positive parenting

There has been a news story this past weekend about the Government wanting parents to take classes in child-rearing skills. Apparently the aim of this is to keep families together, because those that do are less likely to be in poverty. However I am not quite clear on how teaching parenting skills keeps parents together…

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