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There’s a hole in my bucket

“He’s just attention seeking, if you give him attention it won’t do him any good” – this phrase and words to these effect are typical words we hear as parents …

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When do we stop running?

My kids love to run. They run from the bedroom to the bathroom, they run downstairs, they run to the car, they run from the car into school. All day …

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What is it about birthdays?

What is it about birthdays? They come once a year – just one day but they can hold so much in them – memories, anticipation, sadness, happiness, surprises and shocks …

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A change is as good as a rest

  I’ve been thinking about change recently. With Christmas and the change in routines, then back to school and work and the readjustments again to the routine, and then this …

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Lessons from an 8 year old (part 3)

Building trust Trust is the foundation of relationships. We know that relationships have failed our children in many ways. They don’t feel the basic level of trust that other children …

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The see saw ride of High School

My daughter has just started at High School…..what a see saw of emotions. For children who have experienced trauma, and as a result have attachment difficulties, big transitions like this …

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We’re all made of many parts

At a conference I was at recently Louise Bomber the author of ‘Inside I’m Hurting’ made a comment on how to help children deal with the difficult sides to their emotions – …

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Nothing to fear but fear?

You’ve heard that quote right – “there’s nothing to fear but fear itself” – fear is such a strange emotion – there are so many different levels and degrees of …

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Relationships in Learning

What would you say is the most important attribute to being a good teacher? The knowledge needed on the subject you teach? The ability to maintain control and discipline of …

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Dr Bruce Perry on Education

Dr Bruce Perry is one of my favourite gurus on early trauma in children.  Bruce D. Perry, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally-recognised authority on children in crisis. Dr. Perry is …