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Don’t Let the Dark Months Give You the SAD Winter Blues
June

Don’t Let the Dark Months Give You the SAD Winter Blues

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For many people, the dark winter months bring on SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). It’s also known as the winter blues. SAD is triggered by lack of light in the day. Researchers have said the symptoms are caused by a chemical reaction in the brain due to insufficient bright light. Some of the SAD symptoms are: depression, anxiety, tiredness, low resistance to...

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Would You Know If Your Child Was Self-harming?
June

Would You Know If Your Child Was Self-harming?

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Self-harming is a fast growing illness which affects a lot of young people. The first time I heard the term self-harming was when I worked in a secondary school five years ago. What is self-harming? It’s when your young child or teenager intentionally harm themselves or injure a part of their body. They may cut themselves with scissors, broken glass or razors,...

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Riots, Anger and Free-Loaders
June

Riots, Anger and Free-Loaders

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I dropped my teenage daughter off at Thornton Heath in Croydon at 5.30 p.m. on Monday 8th August.  She went to take part in a video shoot with some other teenagers. Shortly after I arrived home the telephone rang. “Mum, are you watching the news?” asked my eldest daughter urgently. “There are riots going on in Croydon and other parts of...

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What Was In Jeremy’s Egg
June

What Was In Jeremy’s Egg

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This true story touched my heart. I found it written in a book that was left to me by a friend who died just over a year ago. I want to share it would you because there’s a lesson in it for all of us. Jeremy was born with a chronic terminal illness that had been slowly killing him all his young life. His body was twisted and his mind was slow. Still, his...

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Happy Birthday To Me
June

Happy Birthday To Me

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Isn’t it strange how the meaning of birthdays change as you get older? When I was younger I couldn’t wait for my birthdays to come. I used to count the weeks down and plan for them months in advance. I made sure that I had a party every year to celebrate them with friends and family. My birthdays were the highlight of every year. On my 18th I had a...

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Should We Sexualise Our Young Daughters?
June

Should We Sexualise Our Young Daughters?

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“Why should grown ups  have all the fun?” This is a sales line from ‘La Senza Girl’ featuring lacy, bra-like tops with adjustable straps for 5 – 12-year-old girls. They introduced a range of adult styled lingerie for young girls. Because of protests from politicians, children’s charities and campaigners, they removed the items...

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