https://videopress.com/v/zsMcqwzU?preloadContent=metadata In today's tip for Children's Mental Health Week, I'm talking about snowploughing and curling (thanks to Claudia Winkleman and Professor Tanya Byron - loved their recent 5 Live interview on this) and how to encourage children to develop a growth mindset. Allow them to try, to experience failure, to make mistakes and learn from … Continue reading Children’s Mental Health Week – Growth Mindset
Will they like it? Will they do well? Will they be happy? Will I be happy? What if I make the wrong choice? Making decisions about the important stuff in life can be difficult and the pressure is often far greater when we’re making choices for others, particularly our kids. With the deadline for primary … Continue reading 3 ways to make a values-based choice of primary school
A luxury you might think. Maybe. This never happened during my teaching days. But then, those days involved a regular salary, Performance Management cycles, opportunities to take on more responsibility, to develop and grow. And none of that happens now - unless I make it happen. This September marks 2 years since I resigned from … Continue reading Today I took myself out for a coffee – and a bit of reflection time.
No, the haircut was fine. It was the news that he’d lost his mum - which took me straight to losing mine. And so began that chat that can only be had with people who ‘get it’. The talk of hospital beds, what’s appropriate to put in eulogies, the funniest of moments that happen in … Continue reading Today my hairdresser made me cry.
As a parent, we face the double whammy: building and sustaining our own reserves of resilience whilst attempting to do the same for our children. And in today’s society, it’s not easy. Resilience can be defined as our ability to bounce back, to overcome adversity and to achieve good outcomes, regardless of life events or … Continue reading 5 ways to build resilience for you and your family