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What I go to school for

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To encourage you all, this week has been significantly better.  Having taken my own advice last week we have gotten off to a much better start.  I’m in no fairy-tale way thinking that this is it now, we’re sorted, but that with different expectations we are more prepared for the long game. Today, I thought […]

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Park Life

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Before becoming a parent one of the things I used to resent was standing, freezing my butt off, with other mums in the park, watching their children swing, slide etc, and only having the usual snippets of conversation as the parent tends to falls, friendship upsets, sibling rivalry etc.  But, since becoming a parent I […]

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Run Mummy Run!

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“Not enough time”, “no inclination/motivation”, “too tired”, “no childcare”, “not sure what to do”.  These may sound familiar.  Fitting exercise in as a mummy is a challenge and if you are not inclined anyway, it’s way down on the priority list.  Today I have the privilege of interviewing an outstanding mother who is part of […]

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Express yourself

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Are you the kind of person that takes words for face value or do you read between the lines and try and make your own meaning?  The other day I did an exercise with a mother and daughter in which the mother had to speak about something that was on her mind and the daughter […]

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Summer Holiday

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As August draws to a close so do the end of the British summer holidays.  The mornings and evenings start to have that autumnal feel and the new term peeks its head around the corner.  Poppi has her new school shoes (with which she is so incredibly pleased I had to persuade her that they […]

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What a wonderful world

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As the end of a pretty hectic term draws to a close I think it’s about time I took a minute to practice what I preach!  I have spoken to a lot of people over the last week who in one way or another feel totally drained.  Surely the summer should be a time of […]

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Don’t stop movin’

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Our bodies are the texts that carry the memories and therefore remembering is no less than reincarnation – Katie Cannon (p. 184) Stress.  A word we hear far too much?  We are born with a predisposition for stress.  A little stress is actually a good thing; we need some!  In every moment of our lives […]

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We are family

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When did you last take a minute to stop and think about what you value as a family?  Good question, she says, knowing that I can’t remember the last time, or if I have even ever thought about what we value, cooperatively, as a family. So, here are my thoughts: Family: We love spending time […]

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You’re Beautiful

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Our bodies are extraordinary concepts.  Our minds are even more staggering.  Yet, however detached we may feel from one or the other they are intrinsically linked.  As my role as a play therapist, I have worked with numerous children who have taught themselves not to feel.  Due to pain and trauma, they have experienced in […]

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Picture Perfect

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Today marks the end of maternal mental health week and the focus for today is positivity. When I was at university I had a really tough second year and grew to hate the place I was studying and most things associated with it.  When it came to returning to university after a break there was […]