Tag Archives: ACT

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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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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I Want to Change the World. What about you? Can we do it together?

I’m reflecting on the amazing five weeks I’ve just had traveling abroad with my family, an opportunity which was made possible by a generous scholarship I was awarded by the Perth Convention Bureau and Giving West.  I had an incredible … Continue reading

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An Answer to the “War on [Pretty Much Everything]” – reviewing Anthony Biglan’s “The Nurture Effect”

There’s this mother sitting before me and she tries to stem the tears. It’s been weeks since her son has been to school. We’ve been tracking this for a while, her and I – and today her exhaustion is palpable. … Continue reading

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5 Steps to Increase Kids’ Veggie Eating (evidence from an exciting new study)

It must be just about every parent’s struggle – the constant attempts to increase the vegetable intake of our little bundles o’ joy, through their toddler years and beyond.  Often it starts out fine – many the smug mother of … Continue reading

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Kids starting school? Here’s the Low-Down on School Mums!

* This one’s for the ladies – School Dads are a different kettle of fish all together *  “So I was watching this show, and there’s this psychologist – no psychiatrist -,” “Or clairvoyant, whatever,” I interject. We all laugh.  It’s … Continue reading

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Thriving through the School Holidays

It’s nearly here – that gorgeous six-week break at the end of the school year.  It’s a time I look forward to SOOO MUCH!!  I LOVE the extra time with my little people… oh, and that break from the school-day routine!! … Continue reading

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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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