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Raising Resilient Youth

Raising resilient young people – using the 7 Cs I was recently struck by an article listing the top skills looked for by today’s employers – top among them are communication, leadership, teamwork, interpersonal, self-management and problem-solving skills. Yet, these have historically not been given nearly as much prominence in our schools’ syllabuses as the […]

Let’s Talk About Death (Part 2)

So, in the last blog, we looked at why it is so difficult to talk about death and dying, and how society’s attitudes have changed with time. In this blog, I want to explore my views on life and death, and invite you to confront your own ideas. Before we start, there are two big caveats: […]

Let’s Talk About Death (Part 1)

So, did the title surprise you? Were you slightly put off? Upset, maybe? Well, this is deliberate. In today’s world death and dying have become such a taboo subject that we can hardly use the words in public! Certainly in Tobago where I live, people “pass” or “pass on” or are even “no longer with […]

The Truth About Fasting

As we move from the festivities of Carnival and look forward to Easter, many Christians will be observing the period of lent, which is a time of introspection and self-discipline in the Christian calendar, often accompanied by some form of fasting. As a religion, Christianity is not alone in observing a period of fasting in their yearly routine. […]

The Importance of Family Mealtimes

I recently came across the Family Dinner Project (https://thefamilydinnerproject.org), a non-profit organization committed to bringing back the magic of regular family mealtimes. The truth is that for many of us, technology and our busy lives have eroded our mealtimes, meaning that family members often eat on different schedules, passing like ships in the night. It’s […]

Habit Stacking

Author: DR PAULA ROBERTSON, MBBS, FRCPCH PAEDIATRICIAN Building a new habit one step at a time Full disclosure…I am a recovering perfectionist and procrastinator, so I understand that it’s easy to get ‘stuck’ sometimes waiting for the perfect or right time, moment, skill etc. I am also one to start the New Year with lots […]

The Blind Spot

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) In medical school, a few good many years ago, we learnt that the retina has light sensitive cells, cones, and rods, that transmit messages to the brain about what is seen. Cones transfer colour and are good for daylight vision and perceive fine detail. Rods pick up […]

Trains and Changes

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) So, marriage and long-term relationships are probably like trains, two trains moving alongside each other. Sometimes they go at the same pace and are parallel. Other times they go at different speeds, and one goes far in front whilst the other is left behind. Other times also […]

Of Mice and Professors – Part 1

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin)     So usually, I know the topic of the article weeks before I write it. It simmers around in my mind as I incorporate points and decide the flow as the story line manoeuvers and unfolds. Sometimes though a particular issue comes at me and lingers […]

What are the Effects of the Pandemic?

Dr. Joanne Paul- MBBS (UWI), FRCPCH (UK), FRCP (Edin) So, the pandemic had an obvious impact on our children. No face-to-face school for more than two years, only distracting online school where it was difficult to concentrate. There was also less sense of purpose. No waking up in the morning with the ritual of getting ready […]

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