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Attachment Theory

Joining the dots

It always makes me smile when I hear people doing positive reinforcement techniques with children in groups like in a classroom. When you hear an adult say “wow Jenny’s sitting

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Attitudes

Why are we here?

We’re doing a series at our church at the moment called Ask It – it’s asking the big questions in life and talking through what the answers might be. So

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Attitudes

Looking forward to 2015

I don’t think I’ve ever repeated a blog before but I was looking back on my New Year blog for the beginning of 2014 and I thought it’s so good

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Attitudes

The child others don’t see

There are many children who show extremely challenging behaviours – whether at school, in youth activities with other children or at home. They may be the ones in fights, or

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Attitudes

Can we control the storms of life?

Some people are fascinated with storms – whether it’s following the weather forecasts religiously, chasing twisters or watching all the relevant news reports. My youngest son has a real interest

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Attitudes

What do children want?

In our educational system and in our homes rewarding (or bribing) children to behave the way we want to is rife. We dangle prizes, stickers, certificates, house points, happy points,

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Attachment Theory

The internal spreadsheet

For some vulnerable children who’ve experienced a difficult start in life things being all fair and equal is so very important. In fact it’s like they have an internal spreadsheet

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Attachment Theory

Secondary trauma in schools

As a parent of three adopted children secondary trauma is something I think about often – the impact of living with children who’ve experienced early trauma. However I’m also beginning

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Education System

We’re always being assessed

Two of my children are now in Secondary School and the assessing begins – in fact it started way back in Primary School. Assessment of levels of achievement each year,

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Attitudes

Playing to your strengths

The summer holidays have well and truly ended as this week we’ve seen the children go back to school and for many of us we’re gone back to work. I

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Attachment Theory

Transitions are tough

Transitions are quite often difficult for vulnerable children. Moving up years in school, coming towards the holidays, moving house or going on holiday for a while. Change basically is something

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