Any Excuse!

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“Any Excuse!” It’s a phrase we often hear – usually making fun of someone, sometimes harsher to the point of ridicule or berating. I am going to use it a little bit differently here to highlight that your motivation doesn’t have to come from some grand purpose. Indeed when motivation is proving tough to find… Read more

You Don’t “Learn by your Mistakes”

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Ok maybe there is a question of semantics here but so often when things go wrong I hear people saying “oh well you learn by your mistakes!”. Well frankly most people don’t and those that do learn and improve learn from their mistakes not by them. That is to say the act of making a… Read more

The Power Of Now by Eckhart Tolle

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This book is both a best seller and considered a classic particularly amongst those interested in spirituality. As a starting point I have to say that as an introduction, that along with the descriptions you might read on Amazon etc. could possibly put me off this book, but bear with me. Whilst I do like… Read more

Listen Without Prejudice

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Whilst this title may give away my age to some people others may find it misleading. So to clarify I mean; listen without pre-judging. There is a saying that most people listen in order to respond rather than listening to understanding and it quite neatly sums up what I mean here. There is often a… Read more

Don’t Give Up – Learn to Practice and Practice to Learn

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One of the things I like most about yoga is that yogi’s, seemingly no matter how experienced, call it practice; it’s their yoga practice – it’s on-going rather than an end. If you approach things with the mindset of continually learning you accept that it may take years to learn, get better or “master” whatever… Read more

How Children Succeed by Paul Tough

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Whilst I am not suggesting you entirely change your approach to parenting this book highlights how much of the current focus on cognitive stimulation provides an initial advantage which is not sustained. The author shows that other aspects of the child’s upbringing and skillset are just as important; that teaching perseverance and conscientiousness can be… Read more

Write from the Start by Ion Teodorescu

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My six year struggled with his hand writing; it was messy and put him off doing his homework. I bought this set and introduced it as some fun activity books (which they are) After the first time he tried it he said “thanks for getting me the activity book dad, even though I know its… Read more

Did You Get Distracted?

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There’s no point in arguing about it, children and for that matter many adults have short attention spans. When you ask a child to do something and come back to find them doing something completely different having not finished what you asked can be frustrating and, when repeated often, exasperating.   I had a break… Read more