Tag Archives: childrens behaviour

Oral stimulation facilitates feelings of wellbeing

This is another of my posts on the Secure Start Facebook page. Let me know what you think! From the earliest hours of life, infants experience feelings of emotional wellbeing in association with suckling. As a result, a powerful association … Continue reading

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New thinking and a new approach required with looked-after children

Yesterday I was visited by a six-year-old boy who has a history of family trauma and is being raised by a relative carer. Upon entering my consulting room he immediately sought my box of assorted animals and rifled through it, … Continue reading

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Eyes are mirrors for a child’s soul

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A gentle method for getting children settled to sleep in their own beds

This was a very popular post that has become somewhat buried in this site, so I thought I would reproduce it here. Enjoy! 🙂 In my practice one of the more common struggles reported by parents and caregivers is getting … Continue reading

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Shit of a kid

This shit of a kid has been married for more than twenty years. This shit of a kid has three happy, healthy, confident children. This shit of a kid was the first member of his paternal family in living memory to attend university. This shit of … Continue reading

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Parenting “First Principles”

When considering how to foster your child’s capacity to cope better with life’s challenges, to be happy, and to conform to society’s expectations about behaviour, it is useful to consider the conditions under which you grow a happy, healthy, well-adjusted … Continue reading

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Daily Therapeutic Management Guidelines for Educators

In an earlier post I introduced the AAA approach to caregiving that I recommend to educators and which I consider to be vital to promoting academic and interpersonal success in the education environment; particularly for children who have a history … Continue reading

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Inadvertently Invalidating Conversations

“When I was a child we spent all day outside making cubby houses. Now my children spend all day in front of the computer making houses in Minecraft!” The above statement is an example of how much the lives of … Continue reading

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Three Loving Parental Acts that Enhance Child Wellbeing

In my practice I am regularly asked the following question: What can I do to help my child? In the context of a child, adolescent and family psychology practice, the question is best understood as what can I do to … Continue reading

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AAA Caregiving in Schools

In A Short Introduction to Attachment and Attachment Disorder I presented a model of therapeutic re-parenting of children who have experienced complex developmental trauma. In A Short Introduction to Promoting Resilience in Children I showed how the same model can … Continue reading

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