Category infant development

The negative loop

When my daughter was first born I remember reading an article about dealing with ‘difficult’ behaviour. It suggested that one quick trick parents could try was spending 10 minutes a day completely focused on their child, allowing them to take charge of that time. I admit at the time I thought it was ridiculous. Ten […]

“Empty vessels make the most sound”

It’s been a stressful few months, and as a family we are all now recovering from a tremendously trying house move. The dust has settled, boxes are unpacked, lost things have been found. And there I found myself talking to a friend about how she manages “aggressive” behaviour. My usually serene and compassionate daughter had […]

The Obligatory Sleep Post

Stay awake, don’t rest your head Don’t lie down upon your bed While the moon drifts in the skies Stay awake, don’t close your eyes Though the world is fast asleep Though your pillow’s soft and deep You’re not sleepy as you seem Stay awake, don’t nod and dream Mary Poppins What is it with […]

Behind the Blank Slate

“Let us then suppose the mind to be, as we say, white paper void of all characters, without any ideas. How comes it to be furnished?” (John Locke, 1690) Watching that tiny, wise face, it is hard to believe that there was once a time when we though…

The Invisible Cord

As soon as your baby arrives in the world, the process of letting them go begins. At birth, your previously merged selves become a duo and you immediately have to make choices (or they are made for you) about how separate you are going to be. Are …