author Emilie Leeks,

"All children will have to face uncomfortable challenges in their lives at some point. We don't need to put obstacles in their way so that they can 'learn to overcome them', but equally, we don't need to and shouldn't fix every difficulty they face either. We have well built brain and bodily systems to help us overcome problems in our lives, and getting to flex these 'issue-solving muscles' as we move through life is really important in developing a sense of resilience and ability to pull through when things feel tough."

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author Emilie Leeks,

"My story isn't theirs; their story isn't mine, and I can't judge people on a snapshot - or indeed on anything. I can only hold that they are doing their best. And that maybe they need - maybe they *deserve* - a break. A break, to do something of their choosing - because right now in this moment, they *can*."

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author Emilie Leeks,

"And so with aching hearts we say happy birth-day, Caitlin. And we’ll miss you – always."

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author Emilie Leeks,

"As parents, we often find ourselves up against a situation which challenges us Every. Single. Time. And it's so hard to feel like we banging our heads against a wall as we try and try to resolve an persistent issue. One of the things I love about Hand in Hand Parenting, is that it gives me options that I can try, rather than just trying the same old idea again and again - one of the tools which has brought a huge change in our own family live has been Playlistening."

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author Emilie Leeks,

"That ability to let go, in that moment, of my own agenda, and instead find peace with the reality of what was happening, has been a long time coming for me. But when I look at my vision, if you like, for my family, it is peace, it is gratitude, it is acceptance - and if I can't live it, then we will never be it. So it has been worth the journey - worth the effort - to get here. I slip up often - a lot more than I want to - but the changes keep coming, and that is enough for me."

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