Friday, August 17, 2007

'Detoxing Childhood'

Briefing: a new book by the Chair of one of our favourite organisations, 'Full Time Mothers'. We haven't read it but it sounds useful: 'Detoxing Childhood' by Sue Palmer.

From FTM: parenthood can be the most exciting and rewarding time in one's life but it can also be the most demanding and challenging. It is a sad fact that Britain's teenagers have more problems than those in any other country in Europe. So what is going wrong? Why is there such an increase in childhood depression? Why are more and more young people suffering from stress? Why are behavioural problems on the increase? Why is there a rise in substance abuse, violence and self-harm amongst young people?

Sue Palmer in 'Toxic Childhood' explored the pressures and demands which affect children's and young people's emotional, social and physical development. In this text, the sequel, she offers a range of insights, ideas and practical advice showing how negative influences on children's development can be defused. Every parent and every teacher should have this clear-sighted, immensely readable and accessible book to hand." (Gervase Phinn, author and former school inspector)

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Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to St Michael

Holy Michael, Archangel, defend us in the day of battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, Prince of the Heavenly Host, by the power of God, thrust down to Hell Satan, and all wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen