Mindfulness for Children

Mindfulness has been touted as the new yoga – the answer to mental wellness and all the stresses of modern life. What is it beyond the buzz? Literally “living in the now”, mindfulness focuses on paying attention to the here and now – not what might have been or could be – in an accepting, […]

Grandparents as Childcarers

With the arrival of Queen Elizabeth’s latest great grandchild, ‘grannies’ have been big in the news of late. Just this June, the BBC posted an article on Instagram about a lady in the UK, aged 86, who recently became a great, great, great grandmother. Yes, three greats before the grand! Hard to believe but true! That means there are […]

The Positives and Pitfalls of Social Media

Vast numbers of children today have access to smartphones and social media networks.  Child social media influencers, with their own accounts on Instagram and YouTube, some with over two million followers, have increased rapidly over the past couple of years. Children as young as six can be found giving makeup tutorials, testing out toys, demonstrating […]

Positive Discipline

The path to a deeper connection with your child and a more enjoyable way to live! It is ironic that the word ‘discipline’ stems from the Latin word ‘disciplina’ meaning instruction or knowledge (also found in the Latin word ‘discipulus’, one who learns), yet the modern verb ‘to discipline’ carries such negative connotations, conjuring up the concept of punishment, belittling correction […]

5 tips for overcoming the fear of public speaking

Public speaking is widely considered a very frightening experience which most people prefer to avoid. The fear of public speaking, or ‘glossophobia’, is statistically ranked the fourth highest phobia after the fear of death, spiders and heights. There are many reasons for this, among them a fear of being judged by the audience and the speaker’s […]

How to Engage Children During School Holidays

If the thought of the summer holidays and keeping your children entertained for a whole month is beginning to worry you – fear not! Remember school holidays are a time to be enjoyed and can offer a respite from busy schedules where you can come together as a family. There are a number of wonderful […]

The Power of Speech and Drama

You have to stand in front of an audience of hundreds and give a work presentation. You have a pending wedding speech in front of family and friends. You would love to learn to salsa but just can’t bring yourself to sign up for that dance class. Meeting new people feels just a little bit […]

Encouraging an Under-Achieving Child

Children who are motivated to approach challenging tasks willingly, begin tasks independently and demonstrate a positive attitude towards learning and schoolwork are far more likely to be successful in both school and life than children who gravitate towards tasks that are inappropriately easy, require a lot of coaxing to begin tasks, put in minimal effort […]

How Drama Helps Your Child Develop a Sense of Self

What is a sense of self? Is it something we are born with or something we acquire as we grow up? Why is embodying a healthy sense of self important? And how can we help our children develop positively such a non-tangible quality? Studies conducted by the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at the University […]

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