Getting stuck on sticky thoughts

Since having kids, we have been kidnapped more times than I care to think about and I have been held hostage forced to make terrible decisions about their fates. My partner has to keep a watch out for giant birds swooping down to carry the children away and a friend of mine recently admitted toContinue reading “Getting stuck on sticky thoughts”

Sticks and Stones. And words too.

The book was due to come out on December 10th and as such I was busy doing my due diligence trying to get people to review it and hopefully recommend it. I had about 2 weeks to go before it was published, which as it turns out means I had about a week before itContinue reading “Sticks and Stones. And words too.”

Why Less is More This Christmas

This Christmas I’m not sure what to do about presents. I grew up in a household where the christmas tree was pretty much hovering off the floor because of all the packages underneath and that is before you even get to thinking about how generous santa was. I loved it and I want to passContinue reading “Why Less is More This Christmas”

Take action today! Or at least think about it.

I spoke with a friend today about how we lack the motivation to speak to our friends. Ok, fine. We didn’t speak we texted. I’ve not been very good at doing that recently either though – I want to, I just can’t be bothered. I think the pandemic with it’s lack of doing anything hasContinue reading “Take action today! Or at least think about it.”

Is it going to be lonely this Christmas?

I heard on the radio this morning that people who are reporting feelings of loneliness has continued to rise. It’s now at its highest level since the pandemic began and is especially affecting young people. People are feeling isolated, they’re not leaving home and they’re missing that face to face contact. This won’t be madeContinue reading “Is it going to be lonely this Christmas?”

Why we should embrace rather than avoid anxiety as parents

I’ve just finished reading an article in The Atlantic by Kate Julian about anxious parenting and how it affects our kids. It was really interesting and thought-provoking, it starts by highlighting how rates of mental illness are increasing among young people and starting in younger and younger kids. Most worryingly suicides and suicidal ideation inContinue reading “Why we should embrace rather than avoid anxiety as parents”

The Power of Routine

Clinical psychologist Dr Sonya Tsancheva writes about the importance of routine for children. Children thrive on playing games, exploring their environment and sharing their world with their peers. Alas, not so during the pandemic. More worryingly, the message “stay apart to keep safe” is too quickly becoming the norm. This can have devastating effects onContinue reading “The Power of Routine”

Child mental health problems have increased by almost 50% since 2017

A survey conducted by NHS Digital to explore child mental health found the rates of children who are experiencing a probable mental disorder had increased by almost half since 2017. It used to be one in nine (10.8%) but by July this year it was one in six (16%). The increase was fastest amongst primaryContinue reading “Child mental health problems have increased by almost 50% since 2017”

Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire – what does it mean?

One of the most common screening questionnaires for children’s mental health is the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ). It’s used in research studies, clinical assessments, as well as schools to help inform Personal Education Plans. The SDQ has five subscales: emotional symptoms, conduct problems, hyperactivity/inattention, peer relationships and prosocial behaviour. There is also an impactContinue reading “Strengths & Difficulties Questionnaire – what does it mean?”