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Attitudes

One word goal for 2014

Many years ago now I heard someone speak about goals. I’ve always set myself goals and believe it’s important to know what you want so you can work towards that.

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General News

Friendships – curse or cure?

Friends are really important to most of us. Being able to spend time with someone who makes you laugh, understands where you’re coming from and supports and encourages you when

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Education System

The Parent Spectrum

When dealing with parents of vulnerable children there is a spectrum. On one side you have the highly enthusiastic parents – they attend every event, do homework with children at

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Attitudes

Stepping out

I’m feeling nervous about stepping out and doing something new today – speaking at the TES SEN Conference in London. It’s funny really but you get used to doing the

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Attitudes

Who has the reigns?

We all would like to believe we have full control of our lives. I’ve heard over the years, and whole heartedly believed, that we can change the course of our

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Education System

High School hates

Mine is a somber reflection on school life tonight – I came across this quote recently and it really resonated with my experiences with my two eldest at High School.

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Attachment Theory

Toxic shame

Shame has always fascinated me – I don’t know why but over my life I’ve heard quite a few teachings on shame from lots of different angles but until I

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Attachment Theory

What should a 4 year old know?

There was an article in the paper this week that was passed around Facebook and it got me thinking about when our children start school and what they actually do

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Education System

Back to school

Less than a week left of the summer holidays and as ever there’s mixed emotions about going back to school and getting back into the routine of life. The summer

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Education System

The award goes to….

Sometimes the realisation of how different children who have been adopted are to other children takes you by surprise. On Friday I attended our Secondary school’s awards ceremony for year

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Education System

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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Parents

The voice of the child

This expression is used a lot within the adoption world. Many times social workers comment on the importance of the childs’ needs within our care system – that everything we

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Attitudes

Our biggest fear

What is your biggest fear? They say the biggest fears we have are fear of flying, public  speaking, heights, the dark and intimacy. I have another theory that came from

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Attachment Theory

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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