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The self-soothing debate: How curiosity can drive out fear

Say the word ‘self-soothing’ in a room of new parents and you are likely to be greeted with facial expressions ranging from exhaustion to frostiness to horror. Be brave enough to talk about it on social media, and you will have created a site of instant conflict. Here’s a recent example from my own Facebook…

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How stand-up comedy helps us understand children’s brain development

I’ve been reading Michael McIntrye’s autobiography, Life and Laughter. For anyone unfamiliar with the comic landscape of contemporary Britain, Michael McIntyre is the country’s leading expert on goofy obsessiveness. He manages to shine a light into the private, excruciatingly painful moments of our ordinary lives, and to twist them in such a way that they…

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