Is your child unable to conform – or learn?

Do you have or know a “defiant child or adolescent”; are they being naughty, or is there something else?

“Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is a diagnosis described by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) – (Latest revision proposed for DSM 5) – as an ongoing pattern of anger guided disobedience, hostilely defiant behaviour toward authority figures which goes beyond the bounds of normal childhood behaviour.  [Read more…]

As the Kids Arrive, the Sleep Leaves

This is a guest post I provided for Helen Neale at KiddyCharts.

I’m unsure at what point this was ever part of the plan! Yes, of course I wanted a family, and yes, I knew it would be tough… how tough though, when sleep deprivation occurs for us – and our children.  We do get lulled into thinking that once our baby passed through the milk demolishing, nappy destroying and sleep hating stage; surely, the worst is over?

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Relationships – and The Wall

Communications: What are you really saying?

Generally we tend to ‘feel’ our way in any new relationship. We exercise great consideration – being mindful to avoid offending that new person in our life or being misunderstood. We do this by choosing the tone of our voice, the words we utter, our body language, and so on. Have you noticed how when you are comfortable in the space of another you can accept a friendly ‘touch’ to the arm, or allow another person to stand in your ‘bubble’ (space)?

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