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  • Staying Motivated

    Published 06/03/20

    Does this school remind you of somewhere rather close to home?! In fact, it’s Cheadle Hulme School, the secondary school that I attended. Back in the day, I was on a free place, funded by Stockport Council because it was a ‘direct grant’ school. 

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  • Listening

    Published 13/02/20

    ‘You’re not LISTENING!’ 

    How many times have we heard that frustrated cry? 

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  • Living a different story

    Published 16/01/20

    Shortly before the end of last term, I took a day off work. The reason? A bad cold. I probably could have staggered into work and pretended I was doing a decent job, but the truth is, each counselling session takes fifty minutes of intense concentration and the fug of a cold really interferes with the process.

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  • The Inner Child

    Published 28/11/19

    Losing a parent when you are young is, inevitably, sad and difficult. Sad but not inevitable is feeling that our parents are absent when they are actually still with us.

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  • Living in Two Homes

    Published 14/11/19

    "Let me share something personal with you: I live in two different places!"

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  • Flexibility for Resilience?

    Published 03/10/19

    I had a proud mother moment at the weekend. I went to Oslo to the launch of the Oslo Triennale Architecture Festival, which my oldest son is co-curating with three other young architects. This is the son of whom I nearly despaired when he was a teenager – he was not sure of what he wanted, and we often found it hard to communicate. So, if you are having a trying time with your teenager – take heart…It can get better!

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  • Resilience and Dogs

    Published 18/09/19

    As with dogs, so with boys and ourselves!

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  • “as little as possible!”

    Published 05/07/19

    … is my evasive answer to the pervasive question:  “what will you do in your retirement?”.  It enables me to avoid telling all my plans to all and sundry, but it is not at all false.

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  • Leadership Styles and Parenting

    Published 20/06/19

    Several years ago, I worked with a boy who was having some very difficult friendship issues.

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  • You had a really good week,........

    Published 07/06/19

    You had a really good week, but there was one event that spoiled it – and that is the only thing you can think about. 

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  • The Uninvited Guests from the Unremembered Past?

    Published 15/05/19

    ‘You’ve made your bed so you’ll have to lie in it.’ ‘Life isn’t a bed of roses’.

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  • Nature Deficit Disorder

    Published 26/04/19

    Not just another medical term, but a phrase coined by Richard Louv to describe the fact that people, and particularly children, are spending less and less time in direct contact with the natural world.

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