Entries by Annette Du Bois

Children’s Behaviour Issues

Weekends, evenings and school holidays are all times when children have more time on their hands than they know what to do with. And if not directed or have something planned, boredom quickly sets in along with the mischievous ways to either get attention or just occupy their time. Admittedly there are times when children […]

Signs Your Child Is Anxious

Whilst every child suffers tummy aches, feel overly tired and have the odd tantrum from time to time but sometimes these can be forewarning of other underlying issues. Children feel stress too but often without the ability to clearly understand or communicate their feelings it comes out in different ways. Keeping track and paying closer […]

Beat the Back to School Blues

So it’s out with the ice cream, lazy days and no routine to getting up early, sitting in class and making new friends. The start of term can be a nervous, worrying and fearful time for many children. Moving class, going to ‘big school’ or just getting back into term time routine can create a […]

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 […]