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    Helping children choose friends

    This is a post in progress, inspired about a story I was reading regarding how important it is to surround yourself with others who uplift you and challenge you to be the best person you can be. (Similar concept to how the 5 people you spend the most time with are fundamentally who you become like) Some ideas below to consider as a discussion topic when your children are old enough to reflect on this. Who are the people you feel good around? Who are you able to relax and be yourself with? What do those people have in common? Who makes you laugh the most? Ultimately what we are…

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    Books to teach children kindness

    Stunning collection of books for children. I think many of these were originally posted on happyyouhappyfamily.com and I’ve included a few others x Stick and Stone – about the power of standing up for others Stand tall, Molly Lou Melon – Shows how kindness is a choice One – Embracing differences Strictly No Elephants – Helps kids think about the ramifications of excluding others and how it makes them feel. I Walk With Vanessa – a story about a simple act of kindness Nerdy Birdy – everyone deserves to be treated with kindness The Big Umbrella – shows how there is always room for including everyone The Smallest Girl In…

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    Coronavirus diary

    March 2020 I’ve been watching the numbers. Interesting how it went from about 5000 cases a day for a few days.. then 10 000… then suddenly it jumped to 20 000 every 24 hrs. UK is currently sitting on 5 018 cases. Yesterday the country went into lockdown. Everyone who can, is now working from home. Schools are closed. People are panic buying. There is a lot of anxiety. I’m not feeling panicky or anxious, but the seriousness of it is really starting to sink in. We’ve basically been in isolation for two weeks. Working from home with Russ while looking after Lily has its ups and downs. It is…

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    Developing deeper connections

    I feel like many of the relationships in my life mainly live on a superficial level. I yearn to have deep conversations with others, but how do you get to that point? There are rare occasions where you are in the right time, place and have the space to delve deeper into others thoughts. This becomes more prevalent when you have children and are limited to 20 second/5 minute conversations before you need to intervene in an activity or run after a toddler. I stumbled upon an article by Psychology Professor Arthur Aron based on developing closer relationships where he lists 36 questions/discussion points. I have listed my favourites below.…

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    Anxiety

    Anxiety was a big part of my life for many years, and I am SO GRATEFUL that I do not struggle with constant anxiety anymore. It can be complete debilitating. Here are some of my top suggestions of managing anxiety. Chat to a friend Living with anxiety means you’re more receptive to moments of panic when situations don’t go as planned or something happens that you are struggling to make sense of. It can be hard to open up when you are still trying to make sense of your own feelings, but keep in mind that your anxiety may also be preventing you from seeing a situation in the right…