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Giving self-recognition when it’s running smoothly – why it’s important for parents to pat themselves on the back

It’s been a while since I posted something about parenting, so busy have I been ranting about politics and other personal bugbears. Perhaps this is because things have been pootling along rather nicely on the kid front that I haven’t felt the need. But the very fact that it has been so calm, contented and…

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A dawning revolution – politicisation and radicalisation in an era of increasing confusion

“For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone,” Cameron will say. “This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach.” Over the past weeks, I have felt a nascent radicalisation dawning, one in which I…

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When self-help can be social harm

Self-help is not a bad thing per se. Don’t get me wrong. But the very core of its ideology – that you need to look inwards to improve things for yourself, can be damaging. Over the last week or so, I have come across, or been subjected to a variety of self- help techniques, through…