The Education System
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2M ago
During the lockdowns of 2020/2021 I noted that if ever there was an opportunity to reform the UK education system it was now. The pause in normal life provided the opportunity for reflection and change. The one size fits all approach hasn’t worked for a long time, if it ever truly has.  A total overhaul of how our children are taught is desperately required. Smaller class sizes could solve so ..read more
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Bereavement and a New Normal
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4M ago
Sometimes I wonder when life will just give us a period of simplicity. I yearn for simple but it often alludes us. I have joked many times that when I came to earth for this lifetime I came on a higher learning programme and am fitting as many big learning experiences into one lifetime as possible. If we didn’t joke about life sometimes I do wonder whether the enormity of some of the experiences ..read more
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Parenting Under a Microscope
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8M ago
I've made the observation several times over the past few weeks that my life feels like I'm parenting under a microscope.  In fact I've even likened it to The Truman Show as well, except I'm at the part of the story where Truman knows that he's being watched and judged 24/7.When you have a child that has complex difficulties parenting is hard.  Parenting is hard enough at the best of times and ..read more
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Taking Control
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10M ago
I've been feeling quite dispirited lately, mostly with education.  A few years ago if two children were out of full time education for nearly two years there would have been a lot of questions.  I'm grateful that we have a team of very supportive people around us and part-time timetables have been sanctioned but, with all the stress currently in UK schools with many schools struggling to have ..read more
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A World of Emotions….
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11M ago
Becoming a parent through adoption is a process formed on a bedrock of huge emotions. It can be a challenge to understand and process all the thoughts and feelings. As adopters we carry not only our own emotions but also absorb and carry those of the children with whom we share our lives. At the core of adoption is the emotion of grief. Grief is an emotion that we don’t tend to talk about much in ..read more
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Who needs sleep?
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11M ago
There is a song by The Barenaked Ladies called “Who needs sleep?” I often find the lyrics popping into my head around 1am when I’d love to be asleep but I am invariably attempting to get Katie to go to sleep and am being shouted at for my audacity. Katie struggles with sleeping. She finds it really hard to close her eyes due to anxiety and a brain that won’t switch off. When she was younger she ..read more
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The Problems with Processing and the Internet….
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11M ago
One of the things that I seem to spend an inordinate amount of time thinking about is how the children process information. I’d much rather not to have to spend lots of time pondering it. I’m sure there are other things to think about but when you have family members whose processing has challenges and can lead them into trouble inevitably trying to fathom it out and trying to explain it to ..read more
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Parenting in the Shadow of Family History
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11M ago
When we become parents we bring with us all our personal history. All the experiences we’ve had, both good and bad; everything we’ve learned about ourselves and about the people and world around us; all the messages we’ve absorbed about whether people are intrinsically trustworthy or to be feared; our role as a child in our family; the roles we carry in our working life and friendships; the ..read more
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Flipping Our Lid
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1y ago
Children with neurodevelopmental challenges and developmental trauma can often struggle with emotional regulation. Parents parenting children with neurodevelopmental challenges can also struggle with emotional regulation over time too. We all have a sensory system which enables us to process everything we see, hear, touch, smell and feel throughout the day. On a good day we can enjoy and easily ..read more
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Developmental Trauma
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1y ago
Developmental trauma is a phrase that many adopters become familiar with.  Trauma, early loss and attachment disruption can all cause developmental trauma. The experience or ongoing experiences impact on the development of the brain; how it responds to day to day life; new experiences and the people in their life. A child may have experienced ongoing physical and/or emotional abuse or neglect ..read more
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