It’s the time of year for looking back, taking a break and getting ready for what’s to come in 2017.

As part of my looking back I thought I’d share the top 3s from the website this year.

– Top blog post

– Most shared quote, and

– My favourite read

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Here goes…

I’ve looked at the most viewed, the most shared and the most read blog post which was published this year. Here it is:

This one and another on family contact for LAC children were the most popular blog posts of 2017 – as measured by page visits.

If we look at the most popular post of all time (well, since I started blogging in September 2013!) – it’s this one.

I’ve also had the privilege of training with a lot of foster carers this year.

Highlights were my old friends at TACT Cymru, the annual Cornwall foster carers’ conference and colleagues in Neath Port Talbot.

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Most “shared” quote…

I haven’t done a huge number of quotes. But I’m trying to build them into the blog more often and also to post them on social media when I find juicy ones.

This quote got a lot of attention when I posted it on the Facebook page:

‘It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye.’ – Antoine de Saint-Xupery

I believe that when we meet troubled children and young people they understand something of how we feel about them – without us saying anything!

We are imbued with and “give off” our attitudes, and kids are very adept at picking up on them. This quote encapsulates something of this idea.

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Favourite read…

I’ve published a few book reviews this year. There really are some fab books around!

Image courtesy ©?Harper Collins

But this one is my favourite from the last 12 months.

I gave it four stars out of five…

Here’s the short review:

“A must-read book for brain info junkies. Not for those looking for practical “how to” solutions. Technical and accessible. A definite for those working with troubled young people – or those parents who want more info on the inner-workings of the teen/s they love!”

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My grateful thanks to everyone who’s been in touch this year. Thanks for your encouragement, your comments and enlightened criticisms – you’ve all helped to make my year memorable!

Here’s to a cracking 2017!

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