I’m currently participating in a series of podcast interviews with Nicky from Practical Research Parenting.  The latest podcast is part one of the Possums Sleep Intervention.  During this podcast, I discuss the new approach to parent-infant sleep that I developed working with Dr Pamela Douglas, and that is in use at the Possums Clinic. You […]

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One of the most incredible and unique aspects of being a parent, just at this point in human history, is the fact that we are saturated with parenting rules.  One hundred years ago, parents may have received advice from their own family, their neighbour, and their local doctor or nurse.  Nowadays the shoulds of parenting […]

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I’m currently participating in a series of podcast interviews with Nicky from Practical Research Parenting.  The first podcast focuses on why Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is useful to parents and how ACT can help you to manage anger as a parent.  To access this first podcast click here: Angry Parents Part One Share this […]

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I have started adding meditations to my website!  It is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while and I’ve finally started to do it. There will be more meditations to come over the next month or so as well.  Some of the meditations are from my book Becoming Mum and some are original […]

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Within Western cultures, self-sufficiency is highly prized. When we talk about children we talk of self-regulation, self-settling, and independence. And when we say, ‘independence’ in reference to children we almost always mean that the children are self-sufficient rather than autonomous. In terms of emotions, there’s a persistent cultural tendency to believe that the earlier children […]

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Labels are double-edged swords.  Smart. Autistic. Sensitive. Athletic. Slow. Homosexual. Female. Depressed. Disabled. Emotional. Advanced. Beautiful. Anxious. Straight. Introverted. Charming. Hyper. Macho. ADHD. Cute. Difficult. I could go on and on.  There are so many words that we can use to describe ourselves and other people.  On the one hand, these words can be incredibly […]

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I really hate the date night solution:  the idea that you keep a relationship happy and healthy through regular date nights.  Okay, so don’t get me wrong.  I don’t think there’s anything remotely wrong with a couple organising a babysitter and going out to a restaurant or a movie for the evening.  If you manage […]

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