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General News

Overwhelmed by overwhelm

I don’t know about you, but this year has started with a bang for me. Family health challenges, mental health issues, work stress, pressure to start the year well, etc

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Attachment Theory

The Danger of Assumptions

I’m forever shocked at how easy it is for us all to make assumptions about other people. We all do it, even when we try really hard not to. You

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Attitudes

What motivates us?

Yesterday I talked about my origin story for starting BraveHeart and something that came up for me was just how fascinating it is that we are all so different. When

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General News

The Origin of BraveHeart

I’ve been challenged today as part of a course I’m doing to write down my story, at least the story of how BraveHeart came to be and why I do

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Attachment Theory

Blame my brain!

There’s been so much written about how our brains develop and work over the last few years. Some of which I have found SO helpful in understanding my children and

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General News

Outside the Lines

I was privileged recently to take part in the first episode of a new podcast that I’d like to introduce to you. The idea behind ‘Outside the Lines’ podcast is

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Attitudes

Live a simple life

It’s the last week of the summer holidays here and we’re all looking towards next week. I have to say it’s been a summer of tidying up for us in

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Attitudes

What is within your power?

I’ve been thinking and wrestling recently with what I have control over in my life. There are many things we can’t control. We can’t control how others behave and how

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Education System

School Refusers

One of the most challenging and frustrating areas for both parents/carers and educators to navigate is the school refuser. This is something we talk about often in our support group

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Education System

Post 16 support

I’m just sitting in the foyer of a hotel in Liverpool waiting to deliver my seminar to 60 further education professionals. Post 16 is a challenge for lots of young

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Education System

Instant Family

I went to watch a film at the cinema last week. This was a film I’d been looking forward to seeing for months. The trailer was really funny, seemed realistic

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Parents

The signs of success?

It’s very hard to measure the ‘success’ of vulnerable young people as they grow. In schools we assess ad nauseum and maybe that can give us some indication of how

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Education System

The pain you can’t see

I’ve experienced back pain on and off for the last 20 years. Sometimes it’s unbearable, most the time I’m conscious of it and occasionally I forget that I am prone

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Education System

Think outside the box

Poor mental health, high anxiety levels and generally living life at a stressful speed is taking its toll. On my travels around schools and with other adoptive parents I’m noticing

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