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 lot of different emotions and feelings, which need acknowledging. Any change in a child’s life can be a challenge

By |2016-01-07T15:14:49+00:00September 2nd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 turns into something that controls their thoughts, feelings and emotions and life choices? Bullying, body issues, home insecurities or

By |2016-01-07T15:27:25+00:00April 15th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 child is overweight. For example, it is normal for boys to have a growth spurt in weight and catch

By |2016-01-07T15:39:54+00:00April 3rd, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 admirers.' And others absolutely dreaded it! Those same feelings that children and young people feel today are no different

By |2016-06-22T07:19:02+00:00February 14th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 belief is a very important mentality and can help or hinder a child’s development and life. To help you

By |2016-01-07T17:50:25+00:00February 11th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 had knocked 37 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold

By |2016-06-22T07:18:46+00:00February 8th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 appears, the easier target they are for a bully. As hard as we all try to eradicate it, bullying

By |2016-09-16T09:06:43+00:00January 28th, 2013|Blog|0 Comments

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 see if I can The more positive power words children hear, the more it begins to have a positive

By |2013-02-19T15:56:20+00:00November 29th, 2012|Blog|0 Comments