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Simply someone to talk to


I found myself having breakfast last week with a woman who manages the early years services in her part of the world. We quickly fell into ‘work talk’ and from broad agreement that early intervention is definitely ‘a good thing’, we went on to talk about nutrition. This turned into a lengthy lament on her part about increasing obesity rates among young children and decreasing breastfeeding rates. We both acknowledged the link and moved on to discussing ‘what to do’.

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Listening


I was at a conference recently where various well-known and influential people spoke about their work in the very early years. While some of these were eminent academics and some were senior practitioners and knew their subject inside-out, nearly all focused on the difference that could be made to women and men facing challenges during the transition to parenthood by simply listening to them.

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