Worlds apart (but still neighbours)

One of the many weird and wonderful things I did on the journey to becoming a psychologist was interviewing a range of teenagers from all over the UK. I was doing a study exploring how teenagers cope when one parent is seriously unwell. What impressed me the most...
A Step Ahead

A Step Ahead

In early pregnancy, looking ahead to the months to come and early babyhood, you’d be forgiven for thinking child development follows a perfectly linear path. Stats are the order of the day. Fetal growth is neatly marked on a graph, head circumference and femur length...
Ghosts

Ghosts

You bite me.In my headA stern voiceSays ‘Enough’.You run aroundAt bed time.A stern voiceShouts ‘Enough!’You fling foodOn the floorA stern voiceYells ‘Enough’.You cry, againHead thrown backA stern voiceBarks ‘Enough’You wake, againAt 4 amA stern voiceScreams ‘Enough’I...
Ghost Busting

Ghost Busting

“In every nursery there are ghosts. They are the visitors from the unremembered past of the parents; the uninvited guests at the christening” Selma Fraiberg So far, I’ve written a lot about how important it is to trust your instincts. Today, just when you...