We are so proud of each and every one of our Worry Wizard schools 🏫. Supporting and learning from each of our schools is what we love to do; thank you for being a very important part of The Worry Wizard Community ✨. Our Chief Doodler, Chay, has created this icon for our Worry Wizard schools to use. I would like to welcome the new schools who joined The Worry Wizard Community last week 🌍. We are so glad you've joined us. If you would like to find out more about how you can
It was so lovely to speak with the wonderful Cassie James at Mighty Radio this week about children's mental health and Wellbeing and all things The Worry Wizard. If you have time to slow the pace, have a listen and let us know what you think. #MightyRadio #CassieJames #childrensmentalhealth #mentalhealth #wellbeing #schools #teachers #education #mentalhealthmatters #mentallyhealthyschools #school #WellbeingShine #TheWorryWizard #WellbeingProgramme
So, what actually happens when The Worry Wizard and Bigfoot Arts Education - HQ decide to help children’s Wellbeing shine? Bigfoot, with the help of the brilliant pupils and staff at Oakfield Primary Academy, have made this video to show you. I am so excited to share it. Thank you so much ✨.
We have already helped over 4,000 children make the first step to move from Worries to Wellbeing. Could your school be next? Call us in 0800 644 6034 to find out more!
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,
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
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
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’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
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
I don’t know how it seems to other people but I increasingly feel there is a sense that you could and should be a perfect parent. I certainly feel that pressure. If I see any article that starts with words such as, “10 things you must do to make sure your child is happy” I instantly read it and judge myself against the list. Then I wait a moment. And remind myself to breathe. And, having done this, I work hard to remind myself that I am human. And that, sometimes, being
I thought I would share with you a photograph of my mirror. When I saw it today, I smiled. This mirror has travelled far and wide with me over many years. It may be a little worse for wear but the love that inspired its purchase isn’t!
It is really important for a child to know that they are important to someone. To know and feel that they are loved and to be secure in the knowledge that someone is holding them in mind, even when they are not physically together.
How many of us believe this to be true? 🌟 believed it was her constant, mean, inner dialogue that drove her forwards and helped her achieve her goals. Learning she could trust herself to achieve her goals without this mean, inner dialogue, transformed 🌟’s relationship with herself. She began to develop self-compassion. #TheWorryWizard #fromWorriestoWellbeing #Wellbeing #selfcompassion
Why is it that saying something kind about yourself can seem boastful whereas saying something unkind seems okay? The unkind thoughts stick, get repeated, become facts. Become the truths you know about you. In my work I encourage children to relate to themselves kindly. I want them to understand that not only are they allowed to be nice to themselves, it is to be actively encouraged. I often draw this Venn diagram. It helps us to sort out their thoughts. And to recognise