Opening up

National Conversation Week takes place this year from the 18th to the 24th March. It aims to encourage more of us to engage in conversations, both in our personal and professional life.

Whether it’s catching up with old friends, speaking and making conversations with work colleagues, most of us will email, text, or post a message on social media, rather than take the time to pick up the phone …

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21 Mar, 2019

Wilful neglect

When a parent does something that is wilful, they consciously make a decision. That isn’t the same thing as unconsciously struggling to parent your child.

Because I have Autism, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (‘CBT’) helps me see and understand more of my experiences so that I’m looking at the bigger picture, a different angle on the angle I have …

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19 Mar, 2019

Tai Chi exercise

We know that Tai Chi is a Chinese martial art that combines movement and relaxation, which is good for both the body and mind.

Tai Chi, knowing as “meditation in motion” is made up of a series of graceful movements that slowly transition smoothly into the next. It combines slow, deliberate movements and incorporates …

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18 Mar, 2019

Siblings & disability

Although there is no set rule of how siblings should be raised around a brother or sister with a disability, it is important parents encourage or insist, siblings play an integral role in the lives of their sibling with the disability.

The nature of a disability means there are several common issues faced by a child with a disability, but their siblings may emotionally struggle too. It is not uncommon for that child’s siblings to be at risk of …

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17 Mar, 2019

When children are ignored

I grew up in an era where children were ‘seen and not heard.’ Whatever squabbles or aggrievances I had, I was told ‘we were as bad as each other.’ There was no mediation, so my protests went unheard.

It was at a time when parents didn’t seem to care whether their issues became their children’s. But whatever stress our parents are under, their stress shouldn’t be ours. It is important children have their emotional …

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15 Mar, 2019

Children & junk food

Children eating to much junk food has been an increasing health issue for some time. Government’s have recognised it as a major problem supported by an ever increasing number of studies linking excessive consumption of junk food with significant health problems.

The Daily Telegraph reports that every hour a child spends on line increases chance of buying junk food by a fifth …

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14 Mar, 2019

Putting a lid on abuse

A recent documentary about the victims of Michael Jackson made me think about my own circumstances and how in a relatively short space of time we come to normalise our experiences of abuse.

When we think about abuse everything about it begins to feel normal. It’s easier that way, rather than us having to confront the inevitable. But that can’t make our life easier, if anything it makes it harder …

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13 Mar, 2019