Kirsten Hanlon

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Kirsten Hanlon (B.A. Education and Psychology, PG Dip Teaching, Dip LC, distinction) is a Well Parent Advocate and combines the concepts of parenting and wellbeing by promoting beneficial self-care practices. With 15 years training and experience in education and coaching, an author and speaker, Kirsten runs a private practice in the Cotswolds, England. She loves baking, chocolate, and often only survives the day through cups of tea. She lives with her deeply supportive husband, little Miss 6, and Bubbles the cat.

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The Essence of Fatherhood

The Essence of Fatherhood

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Just as there are as many different types of mothering, so too are there types of fathering. The distant, workaholic patriarch of the 1980’s is just one type, but is often the stereotype that is referred to…

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The Guiding Instinct of Motherhood

The Guiding Instinct of Motherhood

| May 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

At the moment, I am involved in creating better perinatal support and services in my county in the UK and through collecting the maternity stories of women, I hear of stories where empowerment and choice …

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I Want To Be the Fun One! 5 Tips to Add Fun to Everyday Parenting

I Want To Be the Fun One! 5 Tips to Add Fun to Everyday Parenting

| April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Just a few hours earlier, putting Little Miss to bed, she declared – “You are always so grouchy Mummy. Why can’t you be more fun like Daddy?” You can imagine the buttons this honest, yet innocent …

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How to Embrace the Wisdom of Life’s Phases

How to Embrace the Wisdom of Life’s Phases

| March 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

I am always looking for inspiration for my articles and this month it came from a wall of quotes created by my niece. This month is all about phases – how we cope with them; how we learn from them…

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Gentle Curiosity and the Art of Forgiveness

Gentle Curiosity and the Art of Forgiveness

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Exploring meditation over recent years has led me to a lot of new understanding: about dedication, about the anatomy of habit; about myself; and about forgiveness. I have recently listened to two meditations:

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7 Ways to Commit to Your Life In This Moment

7 Ways to Commit to Your Life In This Moment

| December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Right now, here today, I am making a commitment. You may be thinking: Well, there is no surprise in that, January is the traditional time to be making commitments. Why should you be interested in this …

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How You and Your Blended Family Can Embrace the Spirit of the Holidays

How You and Your Blended Family Can Embrace the Spirit of the Holidays

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Being part of a blended family is an exercise in knowing yourself and what you want very well. It also means compromise and the realisation that no one situation will ever mean everyone is happy.

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Giving Thanks: Living From a Place of Abundance

Giving Thanks: Living From a Place of Abundance

| October 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Would it surprise you to know I am a coach who does not believe in self-improvement? In a profession where it is all about improvement, I tend to swim against the trending current. “Self-improvement” — it’s not […]

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Stress and Addiction:  Looking outside in, and what you need to know.

Stress and Addiction: Looking outside in, and what you need to know.

| October 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Stress is something we are all very familiar with. We use the word more in everyday life than ever before: “I am so stressed right now”; “This is so stressful.” It is almost seen by some as a prerequisite for…

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The Delight of Parenting

The Delight of Parenting

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Celebrating the little things of parenting is like a shot of coffee at the beginning of a night shift; it is a boost to keep you going.

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Doing the “Birds and Bees” Conversation Differently

Doing the “Birds and Bees” Conversation Differently

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

I am doing things differently in my house and in raising my daughter. I don’t want her experience to be as in the dark as mine, and at times terrifying and shaming. You see, that’s what happens when some […]

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5 Ways To Be Your Own Best Friend

5 Ways To Be Your Own Best Friend

| February 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

Friendships cannot be taken for granted. They require time, energy, input – even those “never see but always besties” relationships. Friendships do come and go, but in the case of yourself, be there for a […]

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