What it feels like…to have counselling

My posts about what it feels like to be friend dumped and have a breakdown have been both valuable to me for the insights I have gained and popular with readers. I am continuing the series here with an exploration of the process of counselling I have been through. I want to share my experiences…

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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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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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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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Easy mindfulness for children

My six year olds are prone, like any other children of their age, to feeling emotional, not knowing how to deal with it, it getting the better of them, all translating into bad behaviour. Or simply behaving badly like children sometimes do and then reacting badly to the consequences. To be honest I’m a bit…

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Worrying about worry dolls

Last week my daughters came home after school and showed me what they had made that day in lessons – worry dolls. And (oh the irony!), this made me worried… In my understanding, worry dolls are used to tell your ‘worries’ to and put under the pillow at night, in the hope that this will…

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