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Screens and Skype and small children

There is a lot of research about babies and screens, toddlers and screens etc. Each year there seem to be more screens for everyone to watch. Doctors and others talk about very small children going up to pictures, screens and even books and wiping their fingers across...

My child will not do as he’s told

We were a bunch of psychologists together last night discussing children, our children and parenting. This arose from a journalist who wrote about her relationship with her teenagers. She told them what to do and the she sort-of laughed as she wrote how they ignored...

When does altruism start?

A curious coincidence. Last week a television programme from BBC1 phoned to check out what I thought about people being Good or Evil. Did I believe people were born Good or Evil? What about the idea of Original Sin? Catholics seems to think that babies are born in the...

Parenting

The boy who came in today had two parents with him. It was only halfway through the interview that I realised his parents had been divorced for some time but now worked together and came together to meetings about their son. There has been a big change in the way...

win some,lose some

Well, I phoned a mum and asked whether talking to me had helped. She was polite but rather non-committal so I guess it wasnt a whole lot of help. I think it was largely because she didn’t adhere strictly to the behaviour schedule, but I had clearly failed to impress...

Road safety

I am involved in consultation regarding a road safety App. And in 2007/8 I did something similar with regard to the CopyCat campaign. Children die and are injured in road traffic accidents and this started when the first cars got onto the roads. Cars are mean and...

The olden days

Yesterday a lovely family came in to show me how well their son was doing. It was his birthday, he was 11. Mum and Dad don’t live together any more but get on very well and boy is clear that he is much loved. He had been quite depressed at school and threatening to...

How important is it to be a Winner?

Yesterday the papers featured a very zealous football coach. He coached Under-10s and had sent out an email saying he was not there so the boys could have fun playing– he was ‘only interested in winning’. He said parents who complained when their boy did not make the...

We all do parenting differently.

A colleague spoke today about her cousin. Cousin has one son aged ten. People were surprised when she became pregnant and decided to keep the baby. Cousin spoke of going on holiday to Spain and of everything she was planning to buy for the boy so that he won’t be...

Mandala

Back to Laney, What is a Mandala? Working on the Lewis Carroll proposition that a word means what you want it to mean, I use the word to mean a circle that reflects emotions. In a jotter, each page should have an empty circle. Each person who is doing this, and in an...