Help Your Unheard Self Be Heard

How often do you really hear what you’re saying to yourself? Have you ever thought about helping your unheard self be hear? “I can hear myself just fine thank you.  I hear myself all day long chattering away to myself in the background.”   Yo...

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Organising The Chaos Of Stress

Organising the chaos of stress is a fabulous skill to have but does this come from nature or nurture?  Life can be running along smoothly, everything is under control and your managing life beautifully, organising the little bits of chaos easily one at a time.  ...

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Opening The Doors To Your Emotions

In my last blog post, I talked about how emotions are formed and how we can connect with them. There are always going to be times when our emotions are triggered quite unexpectedly and the only way to manage them is to let them flow. Some people are afraid to allow themselve...

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Emotions

Emotions...     ...are great to have when you feel in control but can be hard to handle when we aren’t managing them as well as we would have liked. The thing is, emotions let us know what is important to us and triggers our behaviours. As we grow up we b...

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Only One Week Till Christmas

Only a week till Christmas and I hope you’ve nearly finalised all your arrangements. We can plan, prepare and think we have everything in place ready for a great season of good will to all men. A merry, merry Christmas I just wanted to share something with you. I...

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Happy International Day Of Happiness

Happy International Day Of Happiness Happiness comes in different guises for different people. Some are able to show it more easily then others, but the important point is knowing that we are happy within ourselves. My son told me a little story this morning. On Saturday w...

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Beat The Festive Stress

Most of you by now will be well on the way to arranging your Christmas celebrations. Christmas work parties, cards, budgeting for presents, food and don’t forget the arrangements with who you’re going to spend the Christmas period with and for howlong. This ongoing juggl...

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Happiness

 Happiness is an important part of how we can manage our life to be more fulfilled and successful in achieving our desires.  Unfortunately when you are ‘just’, busy getting on, there is always someone who is going to say;“Cheer up, it might never happen.”Or“Y...

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Stress: Which do you want, the control or to be controlled?

Stress – Which do you want, the control or to be controlled?Stress, distress, anxiety, tension, pressure, we all call it different things but they are all closely related. As a life coach and teacher of Developing Effective Thinking Skills, I listen to people talk about th...

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A Walk in the Park

A Walk in the ParkIllustration by Vanessa Bell This summer has been a big emotional roller coaster as it has been ‘A’ Level results time as well as GCSE results.  I thought it was nerve racking enough when I went to collect my own results all those years ago; but I...

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A Mother’s 18 ½ Year Reign

A Mother’s 18 ½ Year ReignIllustration by Vanessa BellLooking back over my 18 ½ year mothering reign, I have fantastic memories.  Like most parents of these ‘First Times’ experiences fill you with wonder, pride and some of the most frightening times of your life.  ...

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Waterproof Jackets aren’t as Waterproof as you Think

Waterproof Jackets aren’t as Waterproof as you Think.Illustration by Vanessa BellNo.1 Son and I had been planning our day out for weeks.  It was the first day of his half term holidays.  I would take the day off work and we would take a picnic with us and make the most o...

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Have You Got Your Passport?

Illustration by Vanessa BellHave You Got Your Passport?Good parents bring us up to be honest and law abiding citizens saying,“Honesty is the best policy.”  However, if you can be truthful with yourself , can you say you are totally honest?  Not me that’s for sure.Don...

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My Thoughts on Trust

Illustration by Vanessa BellMy Thoughts on TrustI haven’t really thought too much about the meaning of trust until it came up in a class I was teaching recently.  Some of the learners where stating:“You can’t trust anyone.”“They will bleed you dry of your ideas, t...

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Floods and High Tidal Waters

Illustration by Vanessa BellFloods and High Tidal WatersIf you have been following the ‘Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter’ then you will probably be at the same stage as we are in our household with UCAS applications in, offers being given, i...

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The Sat Nav Lover

Are you a Sat Nav. lover or a Sat Nav. hater?Some people will let their life be ruled by their Sat. Nav. for one; Mr Hoff.I have tried desperately hard to resist the temptation and so far haven’t done too badly but I must admit there are times when they can most useful.  ...

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Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter

Top 10 Tips on How to Survive the Uni. Tour With Your Daughter.  Forget the tennis, golf or Tour de France, touring the Universities ready for your daughter’s UCAS application can be far more gruelling and stressful.  You will have already waded through a metre high pile...

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Mother’s Are Only Human Too

Mother’s Are Only Human TooWhen was the last time you felt racked with guilt because you hadn’t taken enough time or trouble over something that wouldn’t have actually taken you much effort or time.Mine was not so long ago.  In fact it was on the 5th March 2012.  My ...

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A Mother’s Worst Fears Come True.

A Mother’s Worst Fears Come True.I’ve been teaching parenting courses for several years now and one of the questions I ask my prospective learners is;“What do you fear most about your children growing up?”Over the years I have pondered this more than several times. I...

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Unwanted Baggage.

Unwanted Baggage.There is good and bad baggage and we are all going to have different ways of looking at it.  For me, great baggage is equal to great memories, fun times, holidays, great feelings of calmness, love, happiness, and contentment but also some feelings of sadnes...

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Christmas Time, Mistletoe and Wine.

Christmas Time, Mistletoeand Wine. Christmas is a funny old time of year.  As with most religious festivals, the majority of us have forgotten what the festival is truly about and now see it as a time to spend with the family; giving presents, eating and drinking.  Oh, an...

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One Huge Balancing Act

One Huge Balancing ActFinding the right balancing act that suits everyone can be difficult especially when you have young children.  When I became pregnant for the first time myhandmade ceramics living had come to natural end; my imagination had dried up, a bit like writers...

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Is Breast Best?

Is Breast Best?When preparing for the birth of your baby there are so many things to think about and so many questions to be answered;Do you want a boy or a girl?Is your birth plan ready?What colour will the nursery be?What about names?As well as keeping a check on your weig...

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Battles with the Tantrum

Battles with the TantrumAs your children rapidly grow into teenagers you quickly forget the difficulties you experienced managing a 3 year olds tantrums.  I was thrust back into this over the Easter period when visiting family. A wonderful happy thoughtful child can turn in...

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Save our NHS – Look After Our Nurses

Save our NHS – Look After Our Nurses It isn’t until you really need these services that you really think about how important they are to you and your family.  Only after recently having a few days bed and board in my local hospital, did it strike me how hard the nursin...

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Setting The Table For The Family

Setting The Table For The FamilyIt is well known that the influence of the TV, as well as shift patterns, has made it more difficult for families to sit together for meals at the dinner table.  It is all too easy to grab a snack and happily munch away on the sofa or the flo...

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You’ve Got The Love

You’ve Got The LoveCongratulations to Doutzen Kroes and her husband Sunnery James on the birth of their baby boy a few weeks ago.“We’re in love with him! Can’t describe this feeling!” Sunnery James is reportedly tweeting by the BBC.I think the birth of a baby is fa...

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Exam Fever

Exam FeverIf your household is anything like mine your child will have already come home with their GCSE or A Level exam timetable.  This is now a reality and there is no turning back.  The timetable is on the fridge door if not in another prominent place in the house.How ...

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The Life Cycle of Showing Affection.

The Life Cycle of Hugs, Cuddles and Kisses.If you are touchy feely person like myself, you will understand the beneficial effects and the importance of having hugs, cuddles and kisses.  The warmth of someone  else’s arms around you, the kindness and caring that can flow ...

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Parent Child Relationship

Parent Child Relationship Even if you are not a parent we all know the importance of building respectful and trusting relationships with our children.  The reason, so that you can talk to your children about all manner of things, in the hope that they will come to you,...

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