if there is going to be any attempt to return our children to school (please God they will be returning to something that resembles a routine that only involves me at the very beginning of the day and at the end!) then I have some ideas about how this could happen that might work better than just ‘Everybody back to school, now!’
It’s fair to say that in our house, along with the rest of the world, it’s been a week of mixed emotions, there’s been ups and downs, tears and laughter. There’s a lot to be thankful for alongside the frustrations of self-quarantine/lockdown/isolation whichever word you’re using in your circumstances. The good: The sun has been… Continue reading End of Week One – Stay At Home Save Lives
This morning (Thurs 16th May 2019) I was on Premier Christian Radio talking about exam pressure and how to support our young people as parents. I didn’t have long to prepare or long to talk so I wrote some notes and only got through some of what I wanted to say, which is all fine!… Continue reading Young People and Exam Pressure
I want to talk to you about something that’s close to my heart: changing the world!
Imagine if our children and young people understood that God is Love; that He is good, not only when things are going well but also when they are not; that He loves us unconditionally, always and forever, never stopping, never giving up.
I had a dream, no really I did! ....Of course I woke up before I got an answer but my first waking thought was ‘I do NOT want to do that!’
*First published in Youth and Children's Work Magazine November 2017 edition* Ah, Christmas. Picture if you will a warm, cosy family scene around a large dining table that is groaning with food. Everyone is smiling or laughing, the conversation is flowing freely and with much agreement or good-natured debate that no-one at any point takes… Continue reading The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Have you ever noticed that the mainstream media is obsessed? Headlines scream at us day in day out, forming the ‘wallpaper’ to our daily lives, and the New Year brings all of that into sharp relief. As if it’s not bad enough that our newspapers, magazines, timelines & advertising feeds are full of messages about our image or body shape or fashion sense all year round; in January this goes into overdrive.
Today, 1st March, is Self Harm Awareness Day. This is a critical issue that touches the lives of many people who struggle with mental health crises and, according to some statistics, is the biggest killer of those who are struggling. It may be the hardest thing you'll hear someone talk about but it's important that… Continue reading Six things to do if someone tells you they are struggling with self harm #SelfHarmAwarenessDay2017
Are we finally seeing the Government taking notice of what so many people have been saying for a LONG time now? Did the Self Esteem Team’s #Letters2Tess actually get a reaction? In a very welcome announcement UK Prime Minister Teresa May has made some very bold commitments which, if followed through, will be the beginning… Continue reading Ending the Stigma