Parenting

Good child syndrome

By Adrienne Wood So you’re worried about your strong-willed child, but did you ever spare a thought for your “good” child?  Nisha came in the…

The Last Summer

By Freya Hill  I have many happy childhood memories spent at the local swimming pool. It was a large but simple complex, where I…

My anxiety

By Sarah Noble I’ve always been prone to anxiety. I thought when my son would be born, I would be unable to sleep, constantly worrying…

Hobbies Help Kids To Manage Stress

By Kylee Harris Stress makes it harder for kids to learn and behave, according to a study published in the Biological Psychiatry journal, so why not help your…

Encourage independent play

By Elizabeth Pantley Is your baby only happy when you’re playing with her? If you dare to leave the room, does she cry as if you’ve left the country? Here are some tips to help her…

Hurry Up

By Lacey Owen If there’s one phrase I need to work on dropping from my vocabulary (and no it’s not “for f***s sake”, although in…

LONGING AND LOSS

By Sally Saint I have lately had the intense feeling that ‘life’ has been weaving a healing web for me, and it is something…

Invite Dependence

By Adrienne Wood Jasper sat on the bench, unmoving. His face wore a scowl. In front of him were a noisy group of children in the swimming pool beginning their lesson.   “Come on Jasper!”…

I get it, I get all of it

By Jess Urlichs I get it, I get all of it. The screams, the tears, the tantrums. Your bottom lip drops and your eyes brim with…

Our sensory world

By Elen Nathan As an occupational therapist, more and more often I am seeing children initially for behavioural difficulties, learning challenges and social skill…