Resisting the pull of work…

Why we should rest & some ideas how...

Summertime is here – despite the rubbish weather! The kids are out of school and it’s time for a breather. A rest…

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/tomwang (adapted)

But taking a break isn’t always easy, is it?

Here’s why we should rest & some ideas how

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2015 readers’ survey results…

Here's what you said!

Here are the main results from the JonnyMatthew.com 2015 readers’ survey.

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Image courtesy of ©123rf/Krasimira Nevenova

I haven’t included everything, just the things I thought might be of interest.

A big THANKS to everyone who filled it in – more than a hundred of you – I’m very grateful!

It’ll help me plan content for the site that will hopefully serve you better.

Cheers,

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Please take my 2015 readers’ survey…

Help me create stuff that helps you more!

I want to make this blog as useful as possible. To do that I need to know a little more about you and what you need.

So I’ve created a quick survey

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Photo courtesy of ©123rf/Sarawut Aiemsinsuk

Would you be able to take 5 minutes to fill it in?  This will enable me to plan what I create so that it meets the needs of YOU, my readers.

Your feedback is a massive help! Your answers are anonymous, dead easy to complete and will give me a sense of what I need to do to serve you better.

Yep! Happy to help – take me to the survey…

THANKS a lot for your willingness to help!

Cheers,

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My thanks to Michael Hyatt for his guidance in creating this survey! 

Apps to help you help teenagers: No.3… Safeguarding

The father of a teenager once asked me, “What qualifies you to work with my son?”

Good question! And certainly one I would be asking in his position…

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Image courtesy of ©CCW & WCVA

Looking back, the answer I gave wasn’t the best. Basically, I gave him a run through of my qualifications.

But knowing stuff doesn’t necessarily mean we know what to do with that knowledge…

How good is your child protection practice?…

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The results are in!…

Here are the main results from the JonnyMatthew.com end-of-year-1 readers’ survey.

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I haven’t included everything, just the things I thought might be of interest.

A big THANKS to everyone who filled it in – I’m very grateful!

It’s a big help to me in understanding the audience for the blog and in planning the future direction.

Cheers,

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Left outside – when Dad or Mum goes to prison…

A parent going to prison isn’t the fault of the child. Obviously. Yet thousands of children suffer as a result…

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Imagine coming home from school to find that Dad or Mum have gone to jail. This is the reality for around 230,000 children in the UK.

So what needs do these children have?…

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Dealing with attention-seeking behaviour…

The other day I heard myself saying it again, “You’re just trying to get my attention!” And I was right.

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Kids’ behaviour can be infuriating. And never more so than when we know they’re pitching for our attention.

We’re busy. Life is busy! And yet they insist on saying and doing things just to stop us from getting stuff done. Or thats what it feels like.

So what’s this kind of behaviour all about?…

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Book giveaway winner…

Book give awayWINNER SELECTED!

During April I ran a free prize draw. Anyone who subscribed during the month was entered.

I drew the name on 2 May and dispatched the book to the winner – a voluntary sector social worker from South Wales.

I am working on a free eBook that will be available to new subscribers and sent out to all existing ones, too. Watch this space…

THANKS to everyone who has  subscribed! I hope you find the blog useful.

Cheers,

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