Spread Some CyberKindness

In Children’s Mental Health Week, the message ‘Spread A Little Kindness’ is already, well, spreading, which can only be a good thing. We can only hope that there will now be a surge of kindness following in the wake of this message. But now, in a week when Children’s Mental Health is highlighted, I propose adapting their message for those young people already accessing social … Continue reading Spread Some CyberKindness

Children’s Mental Health Week

Children’s Mental Health Week in the UK is from 6th February to 12th February 2017. This year the aim is to ‘Spread A Little Kindness’.  Whether you are a parent or teacher, child or adult, this aim is something we can all do in our everyday lives. Children look to adults to show them how to behave, so let’s set an example of kindness. Place2Be carried … Continue reading Children’s Mental Health Week

500 words children’s storywriting competition

If you think that children writing is important (see the article on Boys Writing), you might be interested in the children’s story-writing competition currently being run by Chris Evans on BBC Radio 2. There are two age categories – for children aged between 5 and 9 years and for those aged between 10 and 13 years (the cut-off date for these ages being the 17th June … Continue reading 500 words children’s storywriting competition

ADHD and Mind Wandering

For those who enjoyed the Day Dreaming article featured on this site last year ( When A Child Daydreams, Where Do They Go? ), you might be interested in listening to Professor Philip Asherson talking to Claudia Hammond on All in the Mind (BBC Radio 4) in an insightful and interesting interview which focuses on ADHD and Mindwandering. If you are familiar with this tendency towards mind-wandering … Continue reading ADHD and Mind Wandering

Boys Writing For Their Own Good

Children’s Author Supports National Literacy Trust’s Children’s Diary Campaign Initially thrilled at news of the NLT project aiming to encourage children in their personal writing, as reported in an article on the BBC website ( ‘Author Jacqueline Wilson Backs Children’s Diary Campaign’) , my delight was diminished somewhat when I saw the following: ‘Girls are three times as likely as boys to keep a diary’ (Research … Continue reading Boys Writing For Their Own Good

Writing Workshops for 2017

The Reflective Writing Workshops timetable for 2017 is now ready! Mental Health is a subject increasingly in the news and I would like the 2017 Writing Workshops to play a part in addressing an issue that affects us all either directly or indirectly. So many people are affected by mental health issues of one kind or another….remembering that stress, anxiety and deep emotional upset fall … Continue reading Writing Workshops for 2017

When a child daydreams, where do they go?

  ‘What planet are they on?’ we mutter in exasperation. A child gazing out of the window can be a heart-sinking moment for a teacher or parent. We educators like to think everything we place before our pupils is engaging and stimulating but there will always be someone who mentally ‘checks out’ from time to time. A better question to ask might be, ‘Where do … Continue reading When a child daydreams, where do they go?

The Reflective Writing Group

  Whether it’s making a list or keeping a diary, covering the fridge with post-its or writing a heartfelt letter that will never be sent, who hasn’t felt the benefit of writing something down? Writing….and often writing that will never be seen by others….has been shown to be beneficial to the mental health and well-being of the writer. It can help to overcome anxiety, reduce … Continue reading The Reflective Writing Group