BEING AN ALLY TO YOUR CHILD ON A HECTIC SCHOOL MORNING

AN HONEST ACCOUNT OF A HECTIC SCHOOL MORNING


Just thinking about the morning routine on a school day creates a physical reaction in me. My head hurts slightly and I feel my body tense. Of all the transitions we regularly have in our family this is by far the hardest. Why is that? We have very few places we have to be at a particular time. When we…

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Parent Allies: Supporting your anxious child

HOW TO BE AN ALLY TO A CHILD WITH ANXIETY


We’re all familiar with feeling anxious. It’s not pleasant. Heart racing, butterflies in the tum, can’t think clearly. What if you lived like that most of the time? For months at a time. What if you lived with an impending sense of doom or low-level anxiety that has you checking the doors and windows are locked, repeatedly, on a hot…

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Max Pemberton and smacking

CALL FOR THE SUSPENSION OF DR MAX PEMBERTON FROM THE NHS


Dear Simon Stevens Did any of your staff over the last week draw your attention to Dr Max Pemberton’s words on smacking children? I would hope as CEO of the NHS you would be concerned that one of your psychiatrists is advocating, in the world’s most read English language newspaper, a practice that has a proven negative impact on mental health.…

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5 ways to ease parental stress

5 DAILY HABITS TO EASE PARENTAL STRESS


A parent’s stress is like an emotional smoothie which has the potential to blow the lid off the jug and make a huge mess! Parental stress can be a blend of thoughts and emotions; from frustration to a child not doing what we want, to guilt because we blame ourselves for whatever is going on. There’s the bombardment of mental…

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how to be an ally to your medically complex child

HOW TO BE AN ALLY TO YOUR MEDICALLY COMPLEX CHILD


When your child is born with disabilities or complex medical needs, there are areas of your life and theirs where you will have to learn to fight. You will have to learn to speak up, sometimes to shout, to ensure your child’s needs are being met. One of those environments is with medical care. For those of us who have…

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Parent Allies- the three problems with attachment parenting

The three problems with Attachment Parenting


When my first daughter was born I slipped seamlessly into attachment parenting. I Instagrammed a photo of my daughter breastfeeding everyday for about 6 months. I would go to Sling Libraries just for fun! I was a proud, evangelistic attachment parent. But increasingly I find myself holding attachment parenting up to the light, peering at it as though seeing the tiny…

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HOW TO BE AN ALLY TO ALL OF YOUR CHILDREN


Welcome to Sara from the incredible blog Happiness is Here. Sara shares her life with four wonderful children and is here to paint a picture of how we can be a parent ally to all of our children amidst their different, individual needs… Being an ally to children means respecting their rights and autonomy, but how does that work when you have…

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