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Posts Tagged ‘children and families’

Maureen Smyth: It’s Playtime!

Children in Park

Are you one of the thousands of guilt-tripped parents in the UK reading stories in the press berating you for either working too much and stunting your child’s emotional and intellectual development?  Or for taking time off work to raise your children but then having the temerity to claim available benefits (to which you’ve contributed…

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Mark Stalker: Recently Separated with Kids? What Next?

Continuing our series of blogs for Child Contact Centre Awareness Week (22-26 April), Mark Stalker tackles the difficult subject of managing recent separation. If you’ve recently separated from your partner and have children then you don’t need me to tell you how stressful the whole situation can be. It’s a time which can be really…

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Case Study: Using a Child Contact Centre

Continuing our informative series of blogs for Child Contact Centre Awareness Week, Paula McGuire interviews one set of parents about their experience of using a centre. When starting a family, no-one expects to be arranging contact with their child somewhere down the line.  It’s no wonder then that Child Contact Centres aren’t at the forefront…

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Sarah on The Challenges of Single Parenting

Child and parent holding hands

As part of Child Contact Centre Awareness Week (22-26 April), Guest bloggerSarah from Glasgow Mummy shares her moving experience as a single parent. When I was pregnant with my first child, I had never imagined that I’d be in my current situation… separated with a two year old boy & bouncing baby girl at the…

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Do you inspire yourself?

Recently while watching the Olympics and especially the Paralympics, I have been consistently struck by the dedication and commitment shown by people from all over the world in all kinds of events and circumstances. During a recent discussion about what should qualify as an Olympic event, I said something that requires skill, commitment and practice…

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Sayings to live your life by

Image: K Fleming

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin If this quote is true, then what we do is even more important than what we say. I was out for lunch this week with a friend who works with difficult children in schools.…

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What am I doing here?

This thought crossed my mind recently during a particularly difficult and frustrating mediation. Observing was a new trainee mediator and in the post-session discussion, that very sentiment was raised by her, leading me to the conclusion that many mediators must ask that question of themselves when the going gets tough. So, who are the mediators…

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