It’s a gorgeous time of year for light. I’m a recent convert to photography – I don’t have loads of expensive gear or anything. But I have a nice 2nd hand Canon and a great phone (Samsung S7 Galaxy Edge if you’re looking to get yourself a nice pressie… )
Where do we draw the line when people treat us poorly?
This is a quandary faced by many. Particularly if we have a fear of hurting people or being rejected by them. We like to be liked. We need to be liked. But at what cost?
Have you been affected by the #MeToo campaign?
I am a huge fan of finding ways to empower ourselves and act to be the change we want. With that in mind I wrote this piece as a “what we can do” response to the Weinstein and consequent #MeToo outpourings on social media – an outpouring I warmly welcome and enthusiastically embrace!
The full piece is on FamilyFriendlyHQ – click on the pic to get there:
Are you constantly late? Do you freeze when asked to make a calculation? Do you dread questions at work that will involve numbers? Do you overspend? Do you get lost easily?
Well you’re not alone!
These are some of the signs of a condition called Dyscalculia – often referred to Dyslexia for numbers. It too causes difficulty at school, social difficulty and anxiety, but somehow it has received less attention and so fewer people know about it.
I wrote this piece for Voiceboks.com – and if you think you may have Dyscalculia it may be worth the three minute read!
And if your child seems to fit the description, now’s a great time to get help!
Feel free to let me know how you (or your child) get on!
It’s been pretty harrowing listening to today’s coverage of the case of domestic violence that culminated in the murder of a young mother. The man, who strangled his wife and allegedly threatened to kill her on more than one occasion is pleading guilty to manslaughter, not to murder. That’s one issue I have with this case.
The real issue I have, closely related, is that nature of his reasoning – he says he was ‘provoked’.
It was a glorious September morning. I had just had a great run, finished my physio homework pain-free and was pretty much on a high as I left the gym to drive to work in Youghal. As I prepared to turn right at the gate, a silver Audi approaching from my left, turned right into the gateway cutting across me. I slammed on the brakes narrowly preventing a nasty collision.
I’ve taken up running again (grateful nod to the best physio in the world), and to keep me company I’ve downloaded hours of nerdy sciencey podcasts – and it’s brilliant!
My current addiction is “You Are Not So Smart” – it’s super informative and one doesn’t have to be a scientist or academic to ‘get’ it. And it has this way of helping you to understand that a lot of what you thought you knew is wrong – or at least has been improved upon. If only I could force all the world leaders to subscribe … AND it’s free! ( As I’m here I also recommend 99% Invisible and The infinite Monkey Cage which is very funny as well as fascinating).
The lovely people at parenting site Voiceboks.com invited me to write an opinion piece on the latest craze ( As I type though I wonder is it already dying out??) –
You know them, you’ve seen them everywhere if you’re a parent – Fidget Spinners
If you’ve been pestered/advised/guilted into buying one or a million of these there may a few things to consider first.
The problem is that there is no evidence of effectiveness for the treatment of ADHD. In fact, to my knowledge, no proper research has been done at all. share with a fellow parent
PS: This dog gif IS pretty great though:
Children as young as three are presenting with body image issues these days – that might sound hard to believe, but there it is.
Isn’t that sad?How can we help them to embrace their bodies without hatred, without judgement? #parenting #bodyimage share with a friend