Category Archives: Acceptance & Commitment Therapy

Why TV could be making you – and your children – unhappy

At the recent Australia/New Zealand Association of Contextual Behaviour Science conference, I was enthralled by guest speaker  Dr Tim Kasser (Professor of Psychology at Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois), who spoke on the contradiction of what society tells us will improve well-being, … Continue reading

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Learning to be Human – my journey through Perinatal OCD

It’s Mental Health week. As a psychologist, I am honoured to hear the most sacred of stories – but the only one I have permission to share here is mine. So to raise awareness, here it is. I remember the … Continue reading

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Getting to “Sorry”

Many years ago, friends of mine were adjusting to having their second baby at home.  They were distressed that their older child seemed to delight in hurting their newest family member.  They asked her why she kept hitting/pushing/pinching her sister.  Her … Continue reading

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Teaching Mindfulness to Kids: Resources to Get You Started

Imagine if you could create some space between your child and the thoughts and feelings that rush through him/her like an endless stream.  Imagine what it would be like if your child could pay attention on purpose, without judgement, just to … Continue reading

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Making a mess and finding a way back – A reflection on parenting

There’s this moment where I’m standing in Hiccup’s* classroom and a part of me suddenly wakes up and says “Tiff, you’ve got to go”. Something’s gone wrong. Something’s going wrong. It’s been a long, hard morning, a battle of wills, … Continue reading

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Do You Walk the Walk?

A recent New York Times article “Raising a Moral Child” by Adam Grant went viral last month.  In it, he summarised a 1980 study on altruism development in children: “Psychologist J. Philippe Rushton gave 140 elementary- and middle-school-age children tokens … Continue reading

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Through the Eyes of Someone Else… Taking Perspective on Parenting

Are you sitting comfortably? I’m not sure how this experience is going to be for you – possibly entirely pleasant, or maybe a little uncomfortable – are you willing to come with me for the ride?  When you’ve finished reading … Continue reading

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Parenting by the Seat of Our Pants

That’s what today’s felt like – parenting by the seat of my pants.  People comment sometimes that what with being a clin psych with a wealth of training and experience with development, parenting, and families, that being a parent must … Continue reading

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Playful Thinking Part 2 – Just like riding a bike

Happy New Year! I hope the festive season has brought you some time for rest and relaxation, along with some space to consider what you would like 2014 to be about.  Having encouraged you last month to start playing with … Continue reading

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Skills Post! Thoughts Driving you Mad? Try Playful Thinking

I feel sorry for my kids sometimes – can’t be easy having a psych for a mum!  I had this conversation with my eldest recently when he didn’t want to give a new sports class a go: Him: I don’t … Continue reading

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