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The 15-Minute Miracle - Joanna Fortune's stay sane parenting

Now that we have to be teachers and coaches as well as parents - and feel guilty and overburdened - it's the perfect time for psychotherapist Joanna Fortune's new book. She tells Emily Hourican why 15 minutes of parenting can be enough

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Psychotherapist Joanna Fortune's new book is out now

Psychotherapist Joanna Fortune's new book is out now

Invest in your child's emotional resiliencedaughter

Invest in your child's emotional resiliencedaughter

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Psychotherapist Joanna Fortune's new book is out now

'Trying to launch a book when no launch is permitted in the traditional sense is actually quite terrifying," says Joanna Fortune, clinical psychotherapist, attachment specialist, parenting consultant on Newstalk's Moncrieff Show, and TEDx speaker. "And yet I did feel in my gut that the timing for this second book is really quite good. Because as parents work from home, without our usual network around us, we do need that little bit of support in structured creativity, and a bit of reassurance that doing a little, but doing it in a committed, consistent way, is good enough."

It's this 'doing a little' that is so heartening when it comes to Joanna's take on the briar patch that is parenting - particularly right now, when we are teachers, minders and sports coaches, along with mothers, fathers, employees and housekeepers. Because Joanna's position - and the subject of her second book, 15-Minute Parenting 8-12 Years - is that 15 minutes a day of proper, structured, immersive play with our kids is enough. Enough for them; enough for us. Enough to stay connected, to help them process the many strange things happening these days, as well as manage this stage of their lives, and prepare for the next: the minefield that is adolescence.


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