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My tits are tired: breastfeeding, social media and shame.

I’d like to make this as quick as possible, because I don’t really want to spend any more time – mine or yours –  having to defend the brelfie, my right to share breastfeeding photos (or just photos in which I happen to be breastfeeding), or just….breastfeeding in general.  I’m tired of talking about my…

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The threads of respectful parenting and why it’s not “alternative” parenting: Alfie Kohn follow-up.

As a qualified school and college teacher, I used to think that reward – extrinsic motivation, if you will – is the way to student success.  I was pretty good at utilising it, too, in my lessons and in training my students to pass exams. I had a toolkit of games, competitions, engaging starters and…

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Childcare, pay, status, and an early education in early education for me.

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours leading a seminar of a group of childcare students. These people are dedicated, interested, thoughtful, probing and eager to bring themselves holistically into their placements and studies.  They are destined for higher education, the workforce, or further study in other areas.  They…

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“Extreme Breastfeeding” – #MotheringMonday

What is Extreme Breastfeeding? I was contact by Betty TV back in June 2014 to see if I would be interested in participating in a new documentary covering the topic of Natural Term Breastfeeding for Discovery’s TLC Channel. I’ve been happy to grab several opportunities in the past to talk about breastfeeding and so I saw that this was…

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A hospital birth – #Birth

My darling, generous, giant-hearted boy, You start to make your way on a Thursday night at 11.30. Your due date is the very next day, Friday 26th July 2013. A day longed for and feared. See, I had experience of birth trauma, although not my own: I knew it to be real, had seen the…

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