Vygotsky and parenting

At the moment in my Masters course I’m learning about educational theory. I know a lot of parents don’t think education and parenting have all that much in common but I really have to disagree. Theories abound about child development and learning but there is one particular theorist, Vygotsky, who talks about the Zone of…

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On unfairness

Injustice is a difficult topic. I’m a highly sensitive person and see a lot of injustice around me on a daily basis. Syria, Iraq, poverty, dogs that don’t get walked and my neighbour swearing at her kids… it all gets me going. In my own life, the past two years since Ripley was born have…

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Accomplishments

Ripley was born weighing 2.4kg or 5lb 4oz. He was 48 cms long, his head circumference was 38 cms. He was alive, breathing, and screaming. His could not breathe properly for long and required resuscitation, intubation, CPAP and then he acquired meningitis, was on antibiotics for 4 weeks. He had severe jaundice. He has severe…

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On being vulnerable

It’s nearly two years since Ripley was born and I still can’t shake all of my emotions, disappointment and trauma. I know that’s OK, but I’m tired of being triggered all the time. People around me don’t even realise how I’m feeling inside and it’s very difficult to admit to or open up about my…

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Handling emotions around others

“Just because you don’t understand it doesn’t mean it isn’t so.” ― Lemony Snicket I find it so difficult to manage my emotions around others at times. Most of the time other people are kind and understanding, as much as they can be I guess. But sometimes, and I have to admit this is mostly…

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