Why Sketching Builds Resilience What do you remember doing as a child and not really appreciating at the time, and has this influenced you now? Is Outcome Always A Priority? During half term 2015, my husband Paul was away with work in Syria, so as often happens in the holidays, I drove the kids up North to visit their older and younger cousins and spend time with my lovely sister in law, Auntie Sally, two mums working together is always so much easier than one eh. On this occasion we met at one of our favourite bolt holes in the … Continue reading Solving World Problems One Mum at At Time : Why Sketching Builds Resilience
Today was a return visit to supply teach a lovely and lively Year 6 class. On the wall, I noticed a poster their teacher had created for Kindness Awards. We talked about the kind things they had done for others. I asked them what they had also done to be kind to themselves so far today. This is what they came up with: Had a drink Started with a healthy breakfast Smiled at themselves in the mirror Yawned! Spoken a kind word to themselves Exercised We talked about how looking after ourselves by being kind to our mind, body and … Continue reading Random Acts of Self Kindness for Kids
In 1998, I read a book to my Year 3 class called ‘Dumpling’ by Dick King Smith. It’s a story about an especially short Dachshund (sausage dog) who longs to be-long. We really enjoyed the story, the play on words and other titles in this series such as ‘Omnibomulator’ and ‘Blessu’ Yesterday, a friend was talking to me about ‘longing’and asked me for advice on how to deal with this sensation. I suggested they sit, close their eyes and notice what they long for, allow it to be there, have courage and observe it, thank it for popping by and … Continue reading How I long to ‘BE’-Long
School Run Fun! Picture the following scene, is this a typical morning for you – The children are dressed, bags are packed, stationery organised, homework complete and filed, healthy and nutritious breakfast eaten, everyone is laughing and talking with their cleaned shiny teeth, polished shoes are on, children are best friends and skip merrily into school, you are the happiest, connected, organised parent on the playground. For many parents we speak to this simply isn’t the case and that’s OK, the reality is somedays can be frantic and others fantastic. How can we set ourselves up for the day as we … Continue reading Can we make the school run more fun?
Finding Magic in the Woods with Luke. Walk. Breathe. Stop. Notice. Smell. Breathe. Listen. Repeat ‘When children engage their senses with the world around them, they feel happier and more hopeful about life‘ Marie Manuchehri ‘Stop being weird mum’ Chakra Number 2 JT x #rewildthechild #mindfulness #summerfunandlearning Continue reading ‘When children engage their senses with the world around them, they feel happier and more hopeful about life’ Marie Manuchehri
My daughter’s main love language is ‘time’, for many children and adults ‘time is love’ Over the past 5 days we’ve played monopoly together. We’ve only got a little travel, she gets it all out and blu tacs the hotels in place each day. We play for about 30 – 45 minutes (her choice) and then take a photo of where we’ve got up to for the next time, and leave it out if possible. Yesterday, I’d left the window ajar and the money blew everywhere. With only 2 of us playing I feel this game could go on for … Continue reading Mindfulopoly – Connection Through Collaboration & Play
Yoga At Home Would you like to have time during the week for yoga with your children, a time to connect, play, laugh, stretch, relax learn from each other and grow? Perhaps you are finding it tricky to find a class and time to suit. Practising yoga at home with your family can tick a lot of these boxes. I’m going to share some ideas below for ways I’ve weaved it into my family life over the past 11 years and hope it gives you some ideas and confidence to try it at home too. Post Natal Yoga When my … Continue reading Family Yoga Flow