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Surely they can control it….

I’m constantly reminded that we need to change our whole way of thinking when living or working with vulnerable children. Those with insecure attachment difficulties can not help the behaviours …

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The walk of shame

When my three children were in Primary School I remember well the walk of shame. That moment at the end of the day when you’re waiting patiently for your children …

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Survive or thrive?

This week’s theme is surviving strategies – what a great theme? One that we ALL need to hear and have probably struggled to find over many years. We’ve been in …

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Be brave in Education

I had a worrying and all too familiar email from an adoptive parent this week about her child’s experience at school. In this case a Secondary School but I know …

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The aim in Education

I often wonder about those in government making the decisions about our educational system. It seems that more and more we are pushing our children to breaking point in some …

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No room at the Inn?

Our house is pretty full. With three young teenagers, my husband and I, a fish and a bearded dragon. So any more room left? Well after years of saying no …

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When is it our fault?

I’ve been thinking recently about what our responsibility is as parents and/or someone working with vulnerable children, in terms of when our children dysregulate. It’s so easy to focus on …

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Changing seasons

I absolutely love the Autumn – the colours, the brisk air, the beautiful sunshine (when it’s not raining and foggy) and the peace that it brings. All the seasons have …

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Too old at 4?

This week has been National Adoption Week – seems only last month that we had last years the time is flying so fast. Our children are now 12, 13 and …

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Competition – curse or cure?

Reward schemes in schools are probably one of the most thwart with perils area that we deal with as adoptive parents and also in my workshops with schools. The level …

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What song are you singing?

‘Alas for the one that never sings but dies with their songs still in them’ – unknown. This was a quote used by the host of a business conference I …

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A BraveHeart in a brave new world

Recently I’ve been overwhelmed by some of the expectations there are around my life. Admittedly mostly from myself, but they are there. As an adoptive parent there are expectations – …

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I Am That Child

  I am that child. The child BraveHeart Education help, who we talk about, who we help teachers and parents understand. My story isn’t really that bad, I’m not adopted, …

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Feeling displaced

I’ve been attending a Church in our town for the last 28 years. I was 17 years old when we first arrived there and it has been my spiritual home …

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Which wolf are you feeding?

I saw a really interesting film recently – Tomorrow Land starring George Clooney. One of the thoughts they used throughout the film was based on an old Cherokee story: One …