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Embrace your brokenness

Tapping your own vulnerabilities, rather than always ‘being the boss’, is the best way to get through to children with behavioural issues, says Hannah Sokoya

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I’ve always been broken. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been emotionally fragile. I was painfully vulnerable and it was painfully obvious. For too long, hiding this humiliating softness became my main aim, both in my private life and my professional teaching life.

Academic prowess acted as a perfect foil for what became my secret life of depression. Yet, even with all my massively impressive revision strategies, I could not even begin to join the dots to stamp out “le cafard” (the cockroach or, according to Baudelaire, the blues).

The more I starved my melancholy, the more it grew and ...

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