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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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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Cheesy gratitude biscuits

I thought that I wouldn’t be writing my gratitude journal every week, and last week I did do a little creative writing instead. But it appears that I can’t help myself from being a little bit grateful for the good things that have happened! It’s all about the fun activities I shared with my children…

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The good enough mother

  My first venture into creative writing for many years, a little flash fiction… Rebecca woke with a jolt, from her uneasy slumber. She had a sensation of heaviness on her chest, which she recognised from the days when Clem had been a toddler, as if that had been just a moment ago. She had fallen…

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Gratitude Journal #10

This was the week of the #latergram. This was the busiest, craziest week of the year. But also this was the week in which I have had some of the most enjoyable days this year. I have so much to be grateful for, and this is my first moment really to sit and document it,…

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