Tag: children

Dealing with exam stress – a guide for parents & teens

There are quite a number of websites that work to make exam time less stressful for the children and young people taking them.  BBC Radio 1 has a particularly good one. Late spring, a time of year that should be full of hope and enjoyment can become weeks of torture as school exams, GCSEs and…

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Keeping our kids safe – the adolescent brain

Here on ‘let’s talk!’ we are committed to bringing you news and views on the challenges young people face as the move towards adulthood. Our under 11s are taught about ‘stranger danger’, have their first lessons about sexuality and begin to take their first, independent trips to shops, school etc. Essentially however, they are still…

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Can you measure happiness? And should we even try?

We recently published a post on ‘let’s talk’ by Rin Hamburgh, a regular contributor to the Positive News network, which aims to  ‘inform, inspire and empower our readers, while helping create a more balanced and constructive media’. We are happier if read more positive news it seems; if we appreciate that despite what many journalists would…

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FGM follow up – DPP calls for mandatory reporting of cases.

Our last post was a call for greater awareness of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and our horror at the way the practise of cutting young girls can continue in communities in Britain seemingly without fear of prosecution. To write on the subject last week was good timing. Over the weekend reports and comment in the…

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): It is, simply, child abuse.

On the 14th March The Guardian reported that for the first time a doctor will stand trial in Egypt on charges of female genital mutilation (FGM).  13-year-old Sohair al-Bata’a died following an alleged operation in his clinic last year. FGM has been banned in Egypt since 2008 but may doctors still carry out the operation on a…

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A commitment to stop abuse: the NSPCC is our charity for 2014

Here at The Terrace in Taunton we have, for a number of years now, ‘adopted’ a charity with whom we work for a year and for whom we raise funds at various events. In the past we have supported bibic and St Margaret’s Somerset Hospice and both remain dear to our hearts. However, in 2013…

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‘Sexting’ – how we must make sure young people know how to ‘Zipit’…

Here at The Terrace we are keen to promote charities that work to support children and protect those that are vulnerable, or who find themselves in situations that could leave them open to abuse and exploitation. We support the NSPCC as our chosen charity and run regular events to raise money for them, maintaining close links…

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Christmas tips for a healthy & happy festive season….

Well there is no getting away from it – the shops are full of sparkle. They are also full of expensive gifts we may not have the money for and are playing background music that grates like nails down a chalkboard. With only a few weeks left until Christmas we thought that our popular  ‘Relationship…

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Successful family relationships – how parents AND children need support

Today’s post is written by Karen Green, who works from The Terrace. Karen is a fully qualified Chartered Clinical Psychologist and is registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS).  As a clinical psychologist who works with children and families I am faced with a wide range of concerns which have to be considered in the context…

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Counselling – How does it help? Is it for me?

The Terrace is holding an Open Evening on Monday 16th September at 6pm Counselling and psychotherapy are recognised and established tools in supporting people through the ‘tough times’ and to grow better relationships, both at home and at work. Why would I come? People come because they want to feel better. Individuals, teenagers, couples and…

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Teenage Depression – a blog for the Blurt Foundation

This post was originally published on the website of the wonderful Blurt Foundation last week. Jane was pleased to be asked to contribute to their blog, which offers people experiencing depression and anxiety the opportunity to tell their story and share experiences. The whole website offers factsheets and support in a friendly and accessible way….

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Is the pressure getting to our teenagers?

As many as one in thirteen adolescents experience symptoms of depression and anxiety at some time. The condition can be deceptively difficult for parents to recognize however, and not only because teens often adhere to a don’t-ask, don’t-tell policy when it comes to expressing their emotions. We have learnt a lot about anxiety and depression…

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Legal Aid – still available for Family Mediation

There has been lots of publicity about changes to the Legal Aid system, but  legal aid is still available for family mediation from Ministry of Justice approved organisations. South West Mediation is an approved organisation, and are the largest provider of family mediation in the West Country. At your first meeting the mediator can assess…

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Have you seen ‘My Life As a Dog’? A film full of life lessons…

‘My Life as a Dog’ is a Swedish film released in 1985 and having just had the privilege of watching it I realised what a truly touching film Swedish director Lasse Hallstrom has created. In brief, the film is an examination of the adult world through the eyes of an 11-year-old boy in the late ’50s….

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