Entries by Annette Du Bois

Lack of Confidence Shapes A Child’s Future

It’s likely that most children at some stage of growing up will experience a dip in confidence and have short term low self esteem. It could be a change of school, challenges with friends or just changes at home that make them feel unsettled for a while. But what happens when momentary lack of confidence […]

Childhood Obesity, Positive Effects of Exercise

Recent reports have revealed that 60 minutes of moderate physical activity daily for most children are beneficial. Walking, bicycling, skipping, dancing, swimming and playing are all good ways for children to be active and promote general childhood fitness. Because children grow at different rates at different times, it’s not always easy to tell if a […]

Teen Anxieties of Valentine’s Day

What are your memories of Valentine’s Day when you were younger? From the discussions I’ve had recently with people I’ve come to the conclusion it’s a bit of a ‘marmite effect.’ As children and teens some said they enjoyed the anticipation of receiving the pile of cards, sweets or other tokens of ‘love’  from ‘secret […]

Self Belief… Why An Elephant Never Forgets!

Belief Systems… What you believe and feel as an adult is largely from what you experienced as a child. Past experiences can significantly influence future results, especially confidence and processing positive and negative thought patterns. Belief systems are a form of labeling and create development barriers, limiting the brain to expand beyond the familiar. Self […]

Anger Management For Children

There was once a boy who couldn’t control his temper – here’s how the story goes… There was a boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy […]

Anti-Bullying Tips

There are a number of reasons why bullying starts, and none of them ever acceptable. When in the middle of all the pain and emotion it can be difficult to see clearly. But one thing is certain… Bullies never pick on people they perceive as being strong or confident. In other words the weaker someone […]

Positive Language

One of the best ways to help children think more positively is to use upbeat, exciting and positive language. Sunny words, produce sunny thoughts, even if it’s raining! Consider swapping… I feel ok to… I feel great It’s raining again to … excellent another day to put on our wellies I can’t to… let me […]