And this is an important fact.
Many of the children and young people (and adults) I work with search for ‘logical explanations’ for their feelings. “Why do I feel this way?“.
Sometimes, adults try to help their child find a logical explanation for their feelings or, perhaps, suggest ‘a more logical feeling’ to feel in the situation. “Rather than feeling ..., you should try to feel ...or I would feel...”
The problem is, it is highly unlikely you’ll find a logical explana
I’ve been asked to create a video introducing The Worry Wizard at a children’s conference on Wellbeing. ‘How does The Worry Wizard nurture emotional connection between children, young people and adults, enabling the move from Worries to Wellbeing?’ It’s 6 minutes long!! ⏰. I suggest you pop the kettle on ☕️ 🍪 ✨
(A very big thank you to Sykes Holiday Cottages for ALL their support with The Worry Wizard. And thank you so much to Cheshire Connect for connecting us; togethe
I am sending you all festive wishes for a gentle Christmas and an even gentler New Year.*
* (these wishes can be sung to the tune of ‘we wish you a Merry Christmas’
I wish to you a gentle Christmas,
I wish you a gentle Christmas,
I wish you a gentle Christmas,
And an even gentler New Year.)
#TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #GoGently
Recently, during a phone call with someone I’ve supported for years, I was asked, “Why are you the bad smell? Why won’t you just go away?” After the call, my eldest boy looked offended. “Why did she just call you a bad smell, Mummy? You are always there for her when she calls?” My husband replied, “Mummy has just been paid the biggest compliment you can pay a person. 🌟 knows Mummy is there for her and isn’t going away.”
I saw this photo of Eeyore and wanted to share. It
Sometimes it surprises me how quickly a child’s emotional world can tumble. My littlest, whose boldness usually coats him wherever he goes, has had a series of accidental knocks during playtimes at school but the last one hurt and scared him. Watching his swift descent from bold sunshine warrior to tentative velcro companion has been a surprise. Difficult bedtimes, troubled nights, tricky partings. Freud’s words ring so true today. For he’s back on the path to bold sunshi
My work with children and young people frequently reminds me that whilst being a good friend is an essential life skill, it is not something we are born knowing. I know I am still learning. It is imperative we support children and young people to #BeKind to others but it is equally imperative we are kind to children and young people in the moments when they stumble in their relationships. When we choose to stand right by their side as they recover from their stumble, (gentl
Doubt can be a tricky companion. Many of the children and young people I work with struggle to shrug it off. I think sometimes we spend so long (sooooo loooong) teaching children good manners that we can forget to tell them there are key times when good manners are absolutely not appropriate. Difficult thoughts, for example, they never deserve good manners. Instead, they require a firm tone, strict boundaries and a Paddington style hard stare; difficult thoughts need to be
This special toast is for ALL the wonderful adults who are working tirelessly to support their child’s mental health. The parents, teachers, grandparents, foster carers, godparents, aunts, uncles, neighbours and friends. You stay right by their side; even when your child’s struggles leave you feeling exhausted, isolated, bewildered, unsure, frightened, lonely (the list goes on). You stay right by their side; even when you appear to be standing there alone, without support,
No matter how difficult things are for a child, no matter how disconnected a child may seem from an adult, there is always something that fuels connection. A moment when an adult tells a child why they believe in them. Truly. It is a form of magic. Keep the story brief and accurate. Encourage others around your child to do the same. It may be, if your child is struggling, that they can’t hold tight to that story and that feeling of connection for long. But the magic of that
You had the Courage to write and tell me that your lack of Belief is raining on your dreams right now. Here’s my letter back to you...
#TheWorryWizard #LettersFromTheWorryWizard #Worries #Wellbeing #fromWorriestoWellbeing #Belief #Curiosity #Courage #WellbeingShine #LibraryofTruth
We launched our brand new Wellbeing programme for primary schools with Bigfoot Arts Education - HQ this week at St John’s Highbury Vale Primary School!
It was extremely well received by staff and students. Our Bigfooter, Roxanne, had so many fun things ready to share with all the students and was delighted with the day too!
Teachers had this to say:
'Wonderful! It is something children need to know about and for adults to learn and observe how to help children.'
I have been thinking about the need to look after your energy, to continually recharge your battery, in the mayhem that is the return to school and clubs and all the things that land at this time of year. I notice my littlest has his own methods for ensuring his favourite toys have fully charged batteries; he lines them up next to my bed and waits for the batteries to magically recharge. Sometimes his wait is longer than at other times; the battery fairy isn’t almost the mo
It is such a huge time of endings and beginnings at the moment for children, young people and all those who care for them. I am keeping tight hold of two words, ‘go gently’. The start of school, the end of summer, the start of university, the end of living at home, the non start at school because what should have been can’t be, the non return to school because school isn’t possible right now. Go gently. There are so many hopes and dreams and expectations swirling...go gentl
When your child is struggling with Worries and seems to be drawing further and further away from you, you can feel consumed by your ache for connection. If you find yourself in a moment of connection, the urge to ‘achieve’ as much as possible can be overwhelming; ‘What is going on for you?’ ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘What are you thinking?’ Have you tried doing this?’
I am acutely aware of this urge. I am writing my Wellbeing Programme for Bigfoot Arts Education - HQ at
I’ve just discovered the beautiful illustrations of Charlie Mackesy. Stunning. So many to choose from and all speak from and to the heart ♥️. #TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #TheWorryWizardLoves
I’m very much a ‘let’s sit and talk, two chairs, me and you, type of person’. I’ve never been a ‘stand up in front of a room full of people and talk at them’ type of person. But recently I’ve realised I’m not standing there on my own. I’m standing there surrounded by all the amazing children (and adults) I’ve met along the way, tasked with trying to share some of the amazing things they’ve taught me. So whilst I’ll always be more comfortable doing the first, I know I need to
What a beautiful illustration. I spend a lot of time talking with parents about the difficulty of transitions. This illustration captures it perfectly ♥️. #TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #transitions
I’m lucky enough to have met many of the people who stop by here but I realise there are some people who I’ve yet to meet. I normally prefer to share the illustrated version of me zooming around on my hover board (who wouldn’t?!). But, I work with lots of amazing children and young people who continually challenge themselves to show up and be seen when choosing to remain invisible would be a much more comfortable choice. So I’ve decided to ch