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Raising Confident Children is a Grand Design Build

Raising Confident Children is a Grand Design Build

What does a television program about building homes have in common with raising happy, resilient, confident children? Scaffolding!! I like to use the scaffolding analogy to explain our role as parents in raising confident, resilient children and was delighted when I...

Why all the fuss about self-care???

Why all the fuss about self-care???

I can already imagine the eye rolling, and your irritation with the oxygen mask analogy - so I promise not to go there. All I ask is you bear with me and read on, you'll be glad you did. I have been banging the self-care drum for the past decade and during this time...

What work-life balance?

What work-life balance?

I have an addictive personality. There I've said it. I am an all or nothing person who struggles to operate in the grey space in between. I am either 'on' or I am 'off' and finding the balanced middle ground is super hard for me and never more so than during the past...

It Has To Start With You

It Has To Start With You

"How can I help my child be more confident? They are constantly putting themselves down and I just don't know what to do". This is the question I get asked more than any other - the second most common is "how can I help my child manage their emotions, which in a lot...

Why I didn’t set any New Years Resolutions this year

Why I didn’t set any New Years Resolutions this year

I love New Years Eve; it is quite genuinely my most favourite day of the year. For me it's all about reflecting on the year which has been and looking optimistically forward to the year ahead. It really doesn't get any better than that!! You see I am a planner, a...

The millstone of parental Guilt by Joanna Lloyd-Baker

The millstone of parental Guilt by Joanna Lloyd-Baker

Guilt is a strange beast.  I see it frequently in my counselling room, and recognise it in my own personal makeup but parental guilt is capable of escalating to another level.   We all recognise that guilty feeling, we have all shared that sense that we should have...

Siblings; the big, bad, ugly truth of how we get in the way

Siblings; the big, bad, ugly truth of how we get in the way

It starts off innocently enough. There’s a small disagreement, voices become raised, there’s shouting, then screaming, and one of your children races to find you in floods of tears sobbing so much so that you can’t make out what they’re saying. You ask what happened...

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