Category Archives: Parenting

Understanding Family Therapy for Separated Families

Parenting Orders can have blunt statements directing that parents “be restrained and an injunction granted restraining the parties from denigrating the other party”; and “use their best endeavors to reach agreements” – but how do you actually do that? That’s a skill-development process, and belongs in the therapy room, not the court room. Continue reading

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First Year of High School – A Survival Guide for Parents

Are you taking a deep breath? Are you feeling like you and your kid are about to step onto a roller coaster into the great unknown? Hell yes, oh my word, you are in for a ride. A wild, hilarious, … Continue reading

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Sitting in the Mire

Whether you have trained in Emotion Coaching, Circle of Security, or Triple P, almost all parenting approaches include the importance of soothing and validating emotions before moving into problem solving – and indeed, children are excellent at solving their own … Continue reading

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Resources and Recommendations for Separating and Separated Parents

There are many decisions to make and negotiations to step through with someone you used to love and now have different (and possibly many) feelings towards. Be gentle and kind with yourself in this process. Here are my top recommendations to parents navigating the aftermath of separation. Continue reading

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Give up on Happiness

It’s early morning and Toothless is distressed. “There are THREE mornings I have to go to school early.  I don’t want to!” he tells me. I’m not a morning person either – he has a sympathetic ear with me. I … Continue reading

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From the Lips of Those with Autism, on World Autism Awareness Day

For Autism Awareness Day I’m just going to share with you some of my favourite quotes ABOUT autism, by those who HAVE autism. Continue reading

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When Your Ex Takes Your Kids to a Psych

If you are interested in the healthy development of your child – and the overwhelming majority of parents are – then you have nothing to fear, and a lot for your child to gain, from your child seeing the psychologist your ex has chosen. The psychologist is interested in assisting, as much as possible, your child to have a healthy relationship with BOTH of you. This may be the very opportunity you’ve needed. You might even want to thank your ex. Continue reading

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How to talk to your kid about seeing a Psych

This would have to be one of the questions I’m asked most often by concerned parents.  They have reached the point of deciding psychologist support is a useful step for their child, but Oh!  How to broach that topic???  It’s … Continue reading

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Tasting Freedom – and why this is my last Blog Post ever.

There’s this moment when I’m flying down the hill, wind in my face, blue sky above me, and I notice this thought passing by – that this is it, THIS is tasting freedom.  It’s exhilarating, and not just because I’ve … Continue reading

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Stuff that Definitely Doesn’t Suck – a review of Ben Sedley’s “Stuff that Sucks”

I don’t know what your reading list is like – maybe it’s a little like mine. Last year, I was super excited to hear a colleague of mine had his book published.  What a magnificent achievement.  Then I looked at … Continue reading

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