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Compliance is not always good

I spent the day on Thursday last week comforting my 16 year old daughter after she opened her GCSES results. I know it’s not an uncommon occurrence to feel disappointed …

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The hunger drive

I’ve been thinking about food and being hungry for some weeks now, not just because I’ve been on a detox…but because it’s come up in lots of different places I’ve …

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Worry Worrits

Worrying is not just an adult thing. Many children and young people are showing more signs of anxiety, statistics tell us. In a recent article in the Telegraph it was …

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New Year, New You?

This seems to be the phrase going around at the moment and I’m not sure how I feel about it. There are so many things that it conjures up for …

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What’s your story?

I was listening to a friend talking last week about vulnerable young people in our community. She was talking about how many there are presently, why they might be classed …

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The mixed emotions of adoption

This week is National Adoption Week and as ever it has brought with it very many mixed emotions. I’ve been reading other people’s stories and comments online and my own …

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Wishing our lives away

Nearly five weeks into the academic year and I’m exhausted! Kids are exhausted too and I’ve heard many teachers and parents counting down the weeks if not days to half …

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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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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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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 …