9 TIPS FOR FOSTERING LOVE OF LEARNING IN YOUR CHILD

Feb 14, 2019

Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, joined a team of 55 international researchers in 2001, to research the question: “How can we help young people realise their full potential?” This led to research in what makes life worth living, how we experience a richer life, how we reach optimal well-being and how we can become the best version of ourselves. Thus followed three years of research, which resulted in the identification of the 24 character strengths used by mankind.

This series of blogs helps you understand the 24 scientifically proven character strengths, which help mankind’s wellbeing and quality of life across the globe. 

Strength #5 Love Of Learning

9 TIPS FOR FOSTERING LOVE OF LEARNING IN YOUR CHILD

We are all born with an innate curiosity, a need to find out, explore, challenge ourselves. Our children really are ‘Tiny Sponges,’ soaking up the world around them, developing, and acquiring skills and...

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9 TIPS FOR FOSTERING SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE IN YOUR CHILD

Feb 06, 2019

Dr Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, joined a team of 55 international researchers in 2001, to research the question: “How can we help young people realise their full potential?” This led to research in what makes life worth living, how we experience a richer life, how we reach optimal well-being and how we can become the best version of ourselves. Thus followed three years of research, which resulted in the identification of the 24 character strengths used by mankind.

This series of blogs helps you understand the 24 scientifically proven character strengths, which help mankind’s wellbeing and quality of life across the globe.

Strength #4 Social Intelligence

9 TIPS FOR FOSTERING SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE IN YOUR CHILD
As an Early Years teacher, I have often thought about the importance of teaching various skills. The Early Years curriculum largely dictates what we cover, why, and how. As a teacher, I need to ensure that I follow directives – but I...

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13 TIPS FOR FOSTERING LEADERSHIP IN YOUR CHILDREN

Jan 31, 2019

Dr Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, joined a team of 55 international researchers in 2001, to research the question: “How can we help young people realise their full potential?” This led to research in what makes life worth living, how we experience a richer life, how we reach optimal well-being and how we can become the best version of ourselves. Thus followed three years of research, which resulted in the identification of the 24 character strengths used by mankind.

This series of blogs helps you understand the 24 scientifically proven character strengths, which help mankind’s wellbeing and quality of life across the globe.

 Strength #3 Leadership

13 TIPS FOR FOSTERING LEADERSHIP IN YOUR CHILDREN

Every child has the potential to be a good leader, some skills may come naturally - while others can be encouraged through actions. Leaders:

  • like to take charge and lead others
  • are good at organising teamwork and motivate everyone in the group...
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7 TIPS FOR FOSTERING BRAVERY IN YOUR CHILDREN

Jan 24, 2019

Dr Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, joined a team of 55 international researchers in 2001, to research the question: “How can we help young people realise their full potential?” This led to research in what makes life worth living, how we experience a richer life, how we reach optimal well-being and how we can become the best version of ourselves. Thus followed three years of research, which resulted in the identification of the 24 character strengths used by mankind.

 This series of blogs helps you understand the 24 scientifically proven character strengths, which help mankind’s wellbeing and quality of life across the globe.

 Strength #2 Bravery

 7 TIPS FOR FOSTERING BRAVERY IN YOUR CHILDREN

 To many people, and especially to young children, the concept of bravery is best illustrated by a favourite superhero, or an emergency services worker, or perhaps a soldier … and mostly encompasses physical acts of courage. But...

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10 Top Tips for Encouraging Creativity in Your Child

Jan 17, 2019

In 2001, Dr. Martin Seligman, the founder of positive psychology, joined a team of 55 international researchers to research the question: “How can we help young people realise their full potential?” This led to research into what makes life worth living, how we experience a richer life, how we reach optimal well-being and how we can become the best version of ourselves. Thus followed three years of research, which resulted in the identification of the 24 character strengths used by mankind.

This series of blogs helps you understand the 24 scientifically proven character strengths, which help mankind’s well-being and quality of life across the globe.

Strength #1 Creativity

10 TIPS FOR FOSTERING CREATIVITY IN YOUR CHILDREN

Creativity is a really important strength to have somewhere in your toolbox! It’s important to understand that creativity isn’t simply limited to art/music/drama … — it is also vital for science, maths, and even social and...

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IF CHILDREN LIVE WITH RIDICULE, THEY LEARN TO FEEL SHY

Oct 14, 2018
My mum was a wonderful lady. Gentle, kind, considerate, loving. She had a sense of fun and mischief. She loved music, children, animals. She was a great cook, she could sew, she decorated the house, painting and wallpapering. She was a fantastic gardener, she loved to travel.
 
She was a good mum, and a wonderful grandma.
 
But if I ever told her all this, and I did, she would never believe me. She would laugh and say “I’m nothing.” Wow – those two words huh? ”I’m nothing”. It was said flippantly, in an offhand way. But the thing is – she believed it.
 
When my mum started school, at the age of 5 years old, she went to a Catholic School. The teachers were nuns, she was taught reading, writing and arithmetic. My mum was a quiet child, she was never naughty or loud, she was a happy confident and much loved only child.
 
The nuns were vile. At every opportunity they would berate those very small...
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EASING YOUR CHILD’S ANXIETY – 8 TOP TIPS

Sep 25, 2018
  • Communication is everything, ensure healthy communication with your child by encouraging them to share their feelings from an early age. Teach them that it’s important to share our worries when we have them, otherwise small worries can grow and grow into huge worries. It’s always best to share them, then they usually get smaller and smaller – until they disappear!
  • Try not to trivialise or deny their anxiety – however far-fetched their fears or worries may seem to you, your child’s feelings are very real to them. Try not to say “That’s just being silly”. Instead talk things through.
  • Try to avoid or remove anything that you feel might trigger anxiety. If situations are unavoidable then try to focus on something positive – it could be an upcoming event, a friend, a toy… channel their attention elsewhere.
  • Tell your child that you understand how difficult it is to feel anxious and praise them for managing it so well. “I...
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THE FAMILY THAT PLANS TOGETHER - STAYS TOGETHER

Aug 21, 2018

This year many of us will be out and about with our children. Lots of the places we visit may be new to us, many places will be crowded, there will probably be quite a few things that grab our child’s interest, and they’ll want to go explore. This means that the chances of a child running off, going out of sight, being swept up in a crowd, losing their way … are considerably heightened. SCARY huh?

So we need to be prepared, as a family, so that the chances of a child getting lost is reduced – and if they do get lost then you and your child know EXACTLY what to do so that you can be reunited as quickly as possible. You need to have a PLAN, and I’m here to help you with that.

Summer also brings with it the dangers of water for our children, many people will be around a pool or at the beach – especially with the weather being so hot. It is essential that, when around a pool, you know where your children are EVERY SECOND. It’s not enough...

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COMING TO A SUPERMARKET NEAR YOU!

Jul 23, 2018

Little did I know, when I woke this morning, that supermarkets would feature so heavily in my day – for both good and not so good reasons!

I was really interested to hear that Morrison’s supermarkets are introducing a ‘Quieter Hour’ in all its stores nationwide to help the parents of autistic children and others who appreciate a quieter shopping experience. I know, from first hand experience, that many autistic children can find supermarket shopping an anxious experience. Similarly, many adults suffer from conditions where over stimulus and crowds of people can be extremely worrying.

Morrisons have been working closely with The National Autistic Society and it’s ‘Quieter Hour’ was trialled in three of its stores earlier this year. this was after a survey of Morrison’s customers found that one in five had a friend or family member with autism, and that many liked the idea of being able to shop in more comfort at 9-10am on a Saturday.

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THE POWER OF ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

Jul 10, 2018

Acknowledgment – I see you. I value you.

You know when you read a book, and there’s that page with ‘Acknowledgements’ on it? Where the author thanks everyone who has either contributed, or had some kind of impact, or has supported them in some way? I always wanted to be acknowledged in one of those books – ‘Thanks to Jo – my inspiration’, or ‘Thanks to Jo – for making the tea”. I would have been happy with anything!

It’s always great to be acknowledged, isn’t it? I suffer from anxiety, and a lot of the time my anxiety feeds messages into my brain, like “You’re not worthy”, or “You’re invisible”. I think it stems from childhood, with one set of grandparents who were dismissive of any achievement I made and always told me that children should be “seen and not heard”. I was expected to sit still in their presence and “never speak until spoken to”....

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