School refusal – what’s behind it?

School refusal – what’s behind it? The number of school refusals is mounting.  The question is: what is driving school refusal? This is a complex issue. It can include demotivation, lack of energy, and avoidance behaviours. For example, finding it hard to...

Gaining confidence – there is no magic pill!

Gaining confidence – there is no magic pill! Building confidence requires effort.  Learning anything takes time. There are no shortcuts or magic pills. Gaining confidence is no exception. We all need to do the work. For example, none of us suddenly learned how...

What motivates your teen?

What motivates your teen? How to motivate teenagers.  What motivates you might switch your teen off.  Therefore, trying to get them to do something that they have no interest in, could lead to resistance.  This resistance often looks like boredom, low energy, and...

Managing your emotional wellbeing

Managing your emotional wellbeing The importance of managing your emotional wellbeing.  It’s so hard to stay strong when everything is crumbling around you. In other words, managing your emotional wellbeing and happiness is tricky, especially during tough times....

Protecting children from negativity

Protecting children from negativity Here we go again! The carpet of predictability and stability in our lives has been pulled out from under us once more. Things seemed to be getting back to “normal” during the summer. But it feels to me as though certainty is...

How emotional intelligence helps children

How emotional intelligence helps children The power of emotional intelligence We often hide, suppress, or control our emotions because we’ve learned that it’s wise. However, children generally wear their emotions on their sleeve for anyone to see....