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Your Emotional History


A while back I spoke about feelings giving important information and feedback about what we personally need and don't need. Here I am going to help you reflect on your emotional history - what has been passed down the generations, what you might have learned about emotion growing up and what this [...]

Your Emotional History2016-11-21T17:15:57+00:00

Reducing Christmas Stress and Bah Humbugishness


I know Christmas is supposed to be a lovely, happy time of year, but I tend to get a bit bah humbug in the build up to it, as it just seems to add lots of extra things to do and stress when I am already busy enough. This year felt like no [...]

Reducing Christmas Stress and Bah Humbugishness2013-12-10T14:31:30+00:00

A ‘privileged’ education?


"Is a 7 year old ready to leave home?" A strange question to ask, and if you are a parent I imagine your immediate thought was probably "no!" Boarding school - a privileged education? I believe its time to challenge the idea that spending two thirds of the year at a boarding [...]

A ‘privileged’ education?2016-11-21T17:15:57+00:00

What’s YOUR Parenting Bueprint?


"I sound just like my mum/dad" With the arrival of a baby comes the arrival of a 'mummy' and a 'daddy'. OK, pretty obvious! However perhaps not so obvious is that these new roles instantly bring new baggage with them. They bring the couples own experience of being parented, or [...]

What’s YOUR Parenting Bueprint?2016-11-21T17:15:57+00:00

How Assumptions Stop Intimacy


This morning I've had to separate my twins for the whole day for the first time, leaving one in nursery and bringing the other home, as one is ill. They are only just 2 so whilst very aware of things will have a limited understanding of why this has happened. There goes [...]

How Assumptions Stop Intimacy2016-11-21T17:15:57+00:00

Dadtastic.. appreciation for dads


After a lovely summer holiday and time together as a family our 3 boys are missing daddy (and so am I) now he is back at work and out of the house so much. It's a hard transition for him too, so he was chuffed to come home to find [...]

Dadtastic.. appreciation for dads2016-11-21T17:15:58+00:00

Dear Will & Kate, tips as new parents


Dear Will & Kate, Royal or not, babies change lives.. wonderfully, unexpectedly and beyond recognition.. but the best bit is that you are not alone as suddenly you are part of a club with other mums and dads who don't have a handbook either. Here are a few thoughts from a fellow [...]

Dear Will & Kate, tips as new parents2016-11-21T17:15:58+00:00

Happiest mums – gift makes psychological sense


I was very touched, and more than a little jealous, to read about the Finnish Maternity Package that mums have been receiving since the 1930s. What an amazing gift for a government to give to all expectant mothers. It comes in a cardboard box complete with a mattress that coverts into a first [...]

Happiest mums – gift makes psychological sense2013-06-07T14:49:44+00:00

Domination or Co-operation?


Reading through old blog posts the following from October 2007 made me smile, as I now have 2 toddlers on my hands (yes, twins!) and am at the same stage as I was when I wrote this about my eldest son. I am still reading the same book and firmly believe co-operation at [...]

Domination or Co-operation?2016-11-21T17:15:58+00:00

Twins, Maternity Leave and all that…


Newsletter, Issue 19 Well it's been a while and you'd be forgiven for replying "Hi, stranger" as I stopped e-zines rather abruptly almost 2 years ago. As some of you know, the reason was due to the wonderful news that I was pregnant with twins (though the twin bit was [...]

Twins, Maternity Leave and all that…2016-11-21T17:15:58+00:00
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