Author: Aunty Thankful

Turning the table on bullies

Turning the table on bullies

We were lucky enough to watch some interesting animal behaviour on a recent trip to Chestnut Park an otter sanctuary in the Peak District. The story was that a female otter was being re-introduced to a cage she’d shared with her sister and father. Unfortunately […]

Love Love Love

Love Love Love

In my journey through the world of self-help books I came across a scientist who took a glass of water and said “love, love, love” into it. He then watered a cohort of cress seeds with it. At the same time he took a glass […]

Stretch Your Love-Giving Style

Stretch Your Love-Giving Style

It was Maria Montessori who first described how different children have different learning styles. For example, a kinaesthetic learner will learn best through motion and touching and (theoretically) schools can utilise this to aid learning. It all sounds very plausible and certainly explains why little […]

I ‘want’…

I ‘want’…

Do the words “I want” work for you? If the answer to that is “yes, I get what I want“ then you have failed the Aunty Thankful test. If your answer is “no, I don’t get what I want” then you have also failed the […]

Dealing with people who are discontent

Dealing with people who are discontent

Do you have someone in your life who is only too happy to point out the areas that are less than perfect – ‘this lasagne has a tad too much salt’, ‘that child has a snotty nose’ or ‘my, what big ears you have my […]

Letting small things slide

Letting small things slide

Dr Gottman has said the majority of domestic arguments are about NOTHING. I think what he means is that if neither the husband nor wife is prepared to let things slide they will row, and the best thing you can do to keep domestic harmony […]

The Ghost of the Past

The Ghost of the Past

Consider two very different approaches to the same problem. Mrs Smith discovered her husband was committing adultery, she had had her suspicions for several months, but her husband always denied her allegations. He even swore on the life of their child that he was faithful. […]

Tips on Getting Advice from Friends

Tips on Getting Advice from Friends

(This is a re-write of the original article) After many years of seeking the advice of friends and family, I’ve made a rule to only go to people with a certain degree of experience and insight, people I can trust or people who’ve worked their […]

Bad Childhood Good Life by Dr Laura Schlessinger

Bad Childhood Good Life by Dr Laura Schlessinger

Please read this book yourself if you, or someone you know, had a difficult childhood which they’re still stuck in. These summaries encapsulate what I got from reading the book, there’s plenty more in there which may benefit you.  Some people have horrible childhoods – […]

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