Clearing : A Parent’s Guide

The week before the A level results come out can be a scary time for teenagers and their parents. So, in the few days before the results are released - what can parents do to steady the ship? Learning about the Clearing System can really help. Have a look at the...

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How to ACE Your Fears

What is Fear Exactly? There are 2 types of Fear : 1. Physical Fear : The Fight or Flight fear is the one that we are able to recognise all too easily. Examples are - the fear of deep water or heights. This is the fear that protect you from ‘harm’ - it’s your survival...

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What’s Christmas all about?

In my live Facebook broadcast earlier this week I mentioned how I hadn't been feeling festive, and how the Christmas Spirit hadn't quite found me … There were a number of reasons for this, the main one being : I am an “empty nester” and don't really need to go to all...

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Have an Action Mental Healthy Christmas!

  Dear Family and Friends   As in previous years, we have decided not to send Christmas Cards. We have opted to give to charity instead - and this year our donation is being made to Action Mental Health. My work brings me into contact with many people who...

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20 things to AVOID when you’re Parenting a Teenager

As our children grow up everything starts to change. No sooner do we start feeling confident that we have this ‘parenting-lark’ sussed - that the goalposts start changing. Here are some pointers that will help you embark on the next stage, ( as your child embarks upon...

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36 Tips for my Younger Self

I regularly talk about my feelings of inadequacy that often plagued me during the years whilst I was a teenager. In fact many of these feelings carried on through to my adult life. But let’s face it - I am not alone. Many people are unable to resolve those old...

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Is your Child being bullied?

October is Bullying Prevention Month. “1 out 4 kids is bullied.” “43% fear harassment in the school changing rooms / toilets.” “80% of the time an argument with a bully ends up with a physical fight.” What is Bullying? If your child is being made to feel sad and...

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3 steps to improve your Self-Esteem

Ever felt like a fraud and that you don't belong ? Perhaps you feel that you're not clever enough / funny enough / knowledgeable enough / old enough … Blah - Blah - Blah. Basically, these fears are self-doubt; which is a lack of self-esteem. The good news is, that if...

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Depression does not define you

A friend of mine was hosting a number of young people recently who were visiting for a 21st birthday party. At breakfast the following day, the students were openly chatting about hangovers, relationships and many topics relevant to their generation. Eventually the...

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3 Steps to Reduce Overwhelm

We live in a chaotic world. Deadlines are short and there are so many demands on our time, our attention and our sanity. Sometimes expectations are so high that we don’t know which way to turn. Many of us feel that if we don’t keep up - then we will get left behind....

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