Celebrating a year that kicks off with a Baby Box Row

Celebrating a year that kicks off with a Baby Box Row

The year 2017 has started with a row that might surprise many people.  On 1st January, the Scottish Government distributed the first of their new Baby Boxes, designed to support families and babies’ development.  Immediately a row erupted on Twitter. James McEnaney asked about the evidence that the boxes would fulfil their stated aim of reducing…

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Stories of loss move us to action

Stories of loss move us to action

This week, Nicola Sturgeon, First Minister of Scotland, made a ground-breaking statement.  No, it wasn’t about political independence.  It was about the political prominence of LOVE. In front of 3000 conference delegates, she said: “My view is simple: every young person deserves to be LOVED.  So let’s come together and make this commitment: to LOVE…

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When we fail to be shocked

When we fail to be shocked

In August, I wrote a piece urging us not to buy into the language of ‘shock’ when it is used to describe images of children caught up in war.  I was trying to help us fight the dangerous pull of sentimentality, when our human emotions easily cloud our ability to look upon harsh realities. What…

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There is nothing shocking about this image

There is nothing shocking about this image

There is nothing shocking about this photo.  It is totally predictable for a country at war. Yet that is the wording chosen by the Guardian:  “Shocking image emerges of Syrian child.” And by NPR News:  “A wounded child shocks the world.” And by CBN News:  “Child’s shocking image becomes the face of Syria.” And of course by the Daily Mail:…

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What attachment theory teaches us about responding to Brexit 

What attachment theory teaches us about responding to Brexit 

I think that, over the last week, I have read just about every Brexit opinion piece published anywhere.  What is there to be said that hasn’t been said?  What words are left that could be of use? How about these three words? “Rupture and repair.” The concept of ‘rupture and repair’ lies at the heart…

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