Prioritising Self-Care as a Parent (Especially Now!)

Having children is probably the most rewarding, yet demanding experience one can go through. Being a parent is certainly a rollercoaster of mixed emotions! From the positive feelings when your child speaks their first words, falls asleep in your arms, makes their first steps, starts school, smothers you with hugs and “I love yous”, to …

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Why Play is an Essential Therapeutic Tool

Neurobiology (the physical wiring of the brain) – where do we begin? This is one of my favourite topics because it is the foundation of everything – behaviour, relationships, emotions, impulse control, learning, etc. As humans, we are social animals who are wired to play in order to learn and explore the world, relationships with …

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Want to know a Brief History of Play?

Historically, play has been a significant part of cultures all over the globe, and continues to be a crucial part of childhood for most animals (humans too!). Play helps us develop healthy brains and nervous systems, nurtures our imaginations, develops problem solving skills, resiliency, creativity and pro-social traits and generally, keeps us happy and healthy.  …

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How to use ‘The Hand Model of the Brain’ to Explain our Reaction to Stress

Dr. Daniel Siegel’s hand model of the brain allows us to picture our brain structure and understand why it’s difficult to control our reactions when we’re overwhelmed with strong emotions, especially stress.  Due to developmental factors, children are more susceptible to stress. The hand model of the brain helps them imagine what’s happening inside their …

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How Our Own Early Life Experiences Affect Our Response To Stress And Parenting

Your childhood experiences have shaped you into what you are today, but they have also created behavioural patterns that you might not be aware of. That’s all the more true for those who have been exposed to acute stress or traumatic events at an early age, also known as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). So what happens …

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