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Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.
Viktor Frankl

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A person is a fluid process, not a fixed and static entity; a flowing river of change, not a block of solid material; a continually changing constellation of potentialities, not a fixed quantity of traits.  
Carl Rogers


Education comes from the Latin prefix e- and the verb ducere, meaning to lead forth. Education is about creating the condition where the student can lead forth his/her full potential
Patrick Akrivos

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"Διατροφικές Αλλεργίες & Παιδιά"      It’s not a big deal after all…

Συνάντησα τη Ζωή σ’ ένα Αντλεριανό σεμινάριο πριν από καιρό και έκτοτε είμαστε καλοί κι αγαπημένοι φίλοι. Την θυμάμαι να  αναφέρει πως ο γιος της είχε αλλεργίες, κάτι που ξέχασα σχεδόν αμέσως.  Αργότερα, συνάντησα κάποιες φορές  τον Ματθαίο αλλά ποτέ δεν θυμήθηκα τις αλλεργίες του μέχρι τη στιγμή που έφαγα ένα κομμάτι γευστικότατης πίτσας με τυρί από σόγια. Και πάλι, όμως, το ξέχασα την ίδια στιγμή… Ωστόσο, άρχισα να τον ανακαλώ στη μνήμη μου κάθε φορά που στα διάφορα σεμινάρια συναντούσα γονείς με παιδιά με αλλεργίες. Γονείς ανήσυχους και προβληματισμένους μήπως το ξεχωριστό διατροφολόγιο των παιδιών τους οδηγήσει σε πιθανή απομόνωσή τους, φτάνοντας συχνά σε ακραίες συμπεριφορές. Η διοργάνωση παιδικού πάρτι με φαγητά αποκλειστικά και μόνο επιτρεπτά για τα παιδιά τους ή η απαγόρευση κατανάλωσης γαλακτοκομικών από τους συμμαθητές τους στο χώρο του σχολείου ήταν μερικές από αυτές. Τότε ήταν που αποφάσισα να πάρω μια συνέντευξη από τη Ζωή και τον Ματθαίο, για να ανακαλύψω πώς το θέμα των αλλεργιών στην πραγματικότητα δεν είναι καν θέμα!

Interview with Ramona Andrei: The BIRTH STORY

Ms. Andrei,  I was wondering what made you chose Adlerian psychology?
Γιατί αποφασίσατε να ασχοληθείτε με την Αντλεριανή ψυχολογία;
I choose it by heart. Since the moment I heard it's principles, based on values like equality, social interest, holism, acknowledging the choice (conscious or non-conscious) of the individual and especially the freedom to choose differently at any time...they gave me space to be me. I felt like we were "meant for each other", I did not had to struggle to fit in.

Την επέλεξα από καρδιάς. Η  Αντλεριανή ψυχολογία βασίζεται σε αρχές όπως η ισότητα, το κοινωνικό ενδιαφέρον,  η ολότητα, η συνειδητή ή ασυνείδητη επίγνωση της ατομικότητας και κυρίως η ελευθερία των διαφορετικών επιλογών.  Όλα αυτά μου επέτρεψαν να είμαι ο εαυτός μου. Ένιωσα πως ήταν φτιαγμένη στα μέτρα μου, δεν χρειάστηκε να τσαλακωθώ για να χωρέσω.

The Expat Relationship: a different challenge

Travelling has never been this easy and the crises increases mobility. Many move abroad in search for better opportunities and more promising careers with equivalent financial packages. The expat life entails endless working hours, multicultural teams, multilingual communication, multi disciplinary juggles and multi more. There is a phone that is never far from the ear or hand, inboxes that fill up with messages (all of them urgent) and work and personal life seem to blend into a shady whole.
Some feel stressed, and find no respite in holidays or weekends, after all the mobile and inbox never sleep, others become addicted to that life and feel downright depressed if there is no emergency call, message or decision to make.

The disciple in children

I THINK I was the worst student of Latin in my class, something that now, years later, I dearly regret. Examining a word's source and identifying its original meaning is often most enlightening. And so it is with the word discipline, which nowadays has a negative connotation and is understood as the enforcement of order, often through the use of punishment.
However, a closely related word may give further insight into the essence of discipline, namely the word disciple, which in Latin as well as in English today is understood to mean a learner or pupil. Yet disciplining children is seldom understood as instructing and teaching them, which poses the greatest of challenges.

The child as parent

THERE’S an expression in Greece that goes, “Make a child to save your marriage.”
Many couples who grow apart also lack intimacy. This dearth of emotional closeness and the loneliness experienced by a parent, usually the mother, is filled by the birth of a child. The presence of a child makes up for the feeling of neglect by the partner. As a result, the child becomes the epicentre of the mother’s life. As the child grows older, it is forced to meet more and more of the emotional needs of the mother. The child is denied childhood and is integrated into the relationship with the mother in a type of emotional incest. The child has not only assumed the role of partner but sometimes even that of a parent to the mother.

The antihero

Every Batman needs a Joker, every Hero needs an Anti-Hero. In an alcoholic family if there is a child hero as described in last week’s instalment, and a second child comes along there is a great likelihood that it will be a scapegoat, an anti-hero.
Dennis could not keep up with his brother. He admired him and tried to hard to be like him but the age difference would not allow him to be as apt as his brother. His efforts always seemed less exciting even inferior to those of his older brother. He could not get the positive attention of his brother. He was in his brother’s shadow. What started, as a little anger became rage over time.

Single parents and dating

Summer time is not only about easy living it is also dating season. Sun, beach holidays all confluence to make meeting people easier. This can often be a challenge for single mothers. Usually it takes one to two years following a separation, divorce or death of a loved one to form a new identity as single. It is only natural to start dating again, which however may confuse the child. There are most various effects on the child, the first being the child feeling like a traitor towards dad if the child likes the boyfriend, as well the fear of the boyfriend replacing dad. Children may feel anything from jealousy to hatred to even joy that life goes on.

Setting boundaries at home

I went to the school to pick up my daughter only to be informed that my mother in law, who used to be the headmistress in the very school, picked up my daughter earlier. They came home 2 hours later. She had taken her for ice-cream. I feel like she is stealing my baby”. The mother was very distressed. She often talked to her husband about it, who agreed that his mother was overbearing, yet was unable to set any boundaries. The mother felt alone, abandoned, that she could not trust her husband, ultimately felt unsafe.

Returning to routine

BACK to school … what a drag, and what a stress! Rules, time managing and keeping schedules all over again. Even though buying school supplies might revive children’s eagerness to go to school, it does little with sleep patterns that were so different during the summer. Readjustment starts before school begins.
A new class, new teacher, sometimes new classmates, all are challenging and stressful. Being well rested helps the children cope with it all and turn their focus on learning. However, vacations throw children off a sleeping schedule. They sleep later and wake up later. If their schedule is not adjusted, they will have a struggle getting used to a school schedule.

Respect? What respect?

I HAD A troubling experience on the beach this summer. I had arrived early and found some nice shade below a tree. Sometime after midday, a group of teenagers came along and sat right next to me. I went for a swim only to come back and find that more of their adolescent friends had arrived, with some even sitting on my towel, effectively taking over the shaded space.
In my head I heard myself say, “Kids today, they have no respect,” something I was told when I was young. And now I find myself thinking the same of today’s youth. A lack of respect is an issue many parents face.

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