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Being a mother is hard but there may be help at hand

Earlier this year I went through a rocky patch with my five-year-old son. After the birth of his twin brothers, he reacted badly. He was gentle with the babies, furious with me. I tried everything: I was calm, angry, concerned, breezy-floundering. It was like being in a bad marriage. Not all the time, but enough of the time to make me feel that we both needed help. I did not want my son’s behaviour analysed. I felt I understood it well enough. Trying to cope with it was another matter. One evening, we were having an infernal tussle before bed.…

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