Recently we shared in School Days Magazine 5 simple tips to help nurture kindness in children from a young age. Help them understand what kindness is by asking, “What does being kind mean?” Practise small acts of kindness together. Develop empathy. When we notice our child not being kind, gently ask them how it might feel if that happened to them. Show your children how it’s done. Be kind and gentle to yourself, and in turn this impacts positively on the people around you. Be sure to check out the whole article at School Days Magazine, an online resource that provides useful and positive information for primary and secondary school education.
Abundance…is not a thing to hold. It is a feeling of overflowing fullness, in my mind full of dreams. This day, I take one final look behind me. To look at the place within which I did not feel full. To wave goodbye to a path paved in scarcity. A life not fully lived, where things and people shrank me. This day, I choose. Limitless or constrained. Leaning in or walking away. Grateful or resentful. This day, I look ahead at a new path. One that is not contained. It is full of abundance. Changing. Alive. I choose to walk forward. In this feeling, my thoughts are positive. I am confident with an inner strength I knew not before. In my world of abundance, there is enough for everyone. I am happy for my friends’ successes. I am loved. I am better for it. This day, I begin. I declutter my space. I open my windows. I am inspired by the people and environment surrounding me. The gentle sun with sprinkles of rain. A thank …
Our thanks to Kidtown for posting a recent book review of Being Brave. We are so pleased that it resonated for the reviewer who read it with her 11 year old daughter. One of our goals for Being Brave, was to open up the conversation between parents and their children about their worries, providing tools not only for our little ones, but for ourselves as we bravely put one foot before the other. It’s an important read for youngsters as it confirms their feelings are not out of the ordinary, and therefore they’re not alone. Olivia Wilson
29 December 2019 Dear Ellie The very best thing about Summer holidays is not Christmas. It’s not Por Por’s mango salad which she makes for our picnic dinners when the days are longer and we can sit outside. Nor is it the yummy sweet pineapple tarts she brings around every week for me, even though they are super delicious. It’s not even going to the beach, trying to find a spot on the soft sand that isn’t already taken by someone’s colourful towel or giant umbrella! Last week I was at the beach, it was crazy crowded. Can you believe we lined up for 23 minutes by the ice cream van in the 36º heat? I got a soft serve with a chocolate flake and I had to eat it at super speed so it wouldn’t melt all over my hands. But I didn’t quite make it. Yep, it got the better of me. I lost a race against an ice cream! So I am going to claim that not even ice cream vans are …
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We were thrilled to be invited to speak on Sky News’ Weekend Edition, with hosts Jaynie Seal and Tim Gilbert, about our journey in writing Being Brave. We shared with Jaynie and Tim how the story in Being Brave seeks to normalise self doubt and the inner critic that we all face when we are a child and also a grown up. The book provides a toolkit that can be a takeaway for the reader to help them be brave and confident. Some of the tools we like are the shell to remind us to breathe, the compass to help show us the right way, a notebook for journalling for perspective and spending time with family to get offline. Watch the whole interview at the link below. Interview on Sky News
Often, when we think of a bully, we think about that big brute who pushes people around in the playground or that internet troll who spouts nastiness on social media. But the truth is, sometimes this kind of behaviour can be so subtle that you don’t see it happening before your very eyes. Thanks Girlfriend Magazine for sharing our tips on how to show a real friend from a fake friend. True friends are those who: help each other write each other encouraging messages show kindness see you believe what you say sit with you and stand by you Real the whole article here.
The last thing a parent wants is to witness their child worrying, stressing-out or experience being bullied. And with statistics indicating that one in four Australian students aged between eight and 14 years report being bullied every few weeks or more, strategies on how to be brave are paramount. We shared with Kids on the Coast strategies on helping children be brave. Read the full interview here.
We are so honoured to be interviewed by Karen Comer, our editor for Being Brave, as part of Karen’s blog. Being first time writers, we were always going to need the guidance of those experienced in their fields. Karen was just the right editor for us. She believed in our vision and pushed our storytelling to a more coherent and consistent level. We had several rounds of edits: where the structure of the story improved, where better explanations or descriptions were required, then finally a once over to make sure everything fit in together. With her guidance, we believe our story and characters were given the best chance to shine. Being Brave to Karen means showing up in an authentic manner every day, taking risks, speaking her truth and daring to dream big. Karen told us she was a quiet, sensitive kid, and she’s still that way now. It’s taken her a while to understand that those qualities – which she didn’t think were amazing attributes – are now her shining characteristics. And we agree with her! …
Let’s face it, self doubt is a normal part of growing up and that little voice is inside all of us and always will be. We shared with MSN five simple strategies to help build self esteem in children so that voice inside doesn’t hold them back: Breathing Relationships Abilities Values Experiences Being B-R-A-V-E is not about being the hero. It’s about being confident to be yourself. Read the entire article here.