Love is a complex word and can mean so many different things to different people. The Ancient Greeks used multiple words to help understand the different meanings. It is generally thought that they had four main words that described the different types of love:
I’ve been thinking about the way we talk to each other.
There are several stages to the way we communicate.
The basic stage – this is where we chat about the weather, or how late the trains run – this is the stuff we can say to anyone.
Then there’s the fact finding or information giving stage. Partners will often call this the nagging stage!
Today the deer entered the garden. They had smelt a new plant and pulled it out of the pot, having chewed the leaves. They then left it on the grass. I picked it up and plonked it back in the hole the deer had left. Continue reading “We all need help sometimes”
It’s hard to imagine a new beginning – especially when life has a familiar routine; one that has continued for many years.
For 15 years, I worked with some of the most complex and vulnerable families in our society. I then decided to become a foster carer for vulnerable teenagers. Suddenly, I had to put into practice strategies that I had encouraged parents to adopt – the ones laid out in our book ‘Parenting a violent child’. Continue reading “A new beginning”