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The Art of Listening Well

“My child never listens to me.” Ah yes, that old chestnut. It is a common complaint among parents and we feel very frustrated and disrespected when our child doesn’t seem to heed our [...]

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The Dance Between Challenge and Support

Do any of these sound familiar? There is no strength without adversity. No growth without challenge. Or if you’re a gym goer, the classic “No Pain No Gain.” There is no question that challenges [...]

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Energy Zappers – How our child’s environment can impact their ability to manage stress and cope in the world.

Hurried changeovers and long trips, being squashed like a sardine, worrying about losing children among the vast crowds, loud noises and constant visual stimulation, missed connections and [...]

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THE POWER OF THE PARENT – ANXIETY SERIES – PART 3

I want you to think of something that you are afraid of. Something that causes you true anxiety. Maybe it’s flying… Or public speaking… Or swimming… Now I want you to think about how you react if [...]

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The Many Faces Of Anxiety

“Mummy I hate it here at Grandpa’s. I just want to go home.” (Tears, screaming and throwing things) Two hours later. “I don’t want to gohome, I want to stay here at Grandpa’s.” (Happy, content, [...]

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TAKING THE LEAP

It was a Sunday afternoon when we entered the busy, noisy environment of Inflatable World.  Despite some initial hesitation, my two kids ran off to play with their friends. They can be anxious in [...]