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Covid19, Emotional Resilience, Life in general, Parenting, School, Stay At Home, Thankfulness

End of Week One – Stay At Home Save Lives

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

emotions, Life, Parenting, Stress

Soothsayer: being a Mum of teenagers

As a lifelong youth worker and cheerleader of those working with young people I’d sort of expected that I would be prepared for the parenting of a teenager or two. Oh how wrong I was. Being the parent of a teenager is exhausting, terrifying, stressful and requires a widening of the tent around the village… Continue reading Soothsayer: being a Mum of teenagers

emotions, Friends and family, Home, Life, Life in general

The Hospitality ‘Gene’

Isn’t it fascinating how much is passed down from one generation to another? There’s genetics and the scientific building blocks of our body shape, skin colour, eye and hair colour, including in some cases, illnesses etc. There’s also the traits we have picked up via the nurture (or otherwise) of our parents or caregivers. I’ve… Continue reading The Hospitality ‘Gene’

Life in general

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

This phrase, that began life as the title of a self-help book more than 30 years ago, and has spawned a whole industry of its own, is particularly relevant for me this week as various things have collided together making me more anxious than I would have been previously about going on holiday. I recognise… Continue reading Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

Life in general

Teenagers and Faith – what do they need to know?

If you are a Christian parent of teenagers then chances are you’re looking for a good resource you can share with them that will help them to understand more about faith and life. You might have seen that I recently critiqued a book that I very definitely do not recommend you give to your teenager… Continue reading Teenagers and Faith – what do they need to know?

emotions, Life, Mental health, World Mental Health Day

Suicide Prevention – 7 things to do

If you have ever struggled with suicidal thoughts or ideas this might be difficult for you to read. Keep yourself safe, let others read it on your behalf. It can feel like a big responsibility to look after our friends and family who are struggling with their mental health. We might be worried about what… Continue reading Suicide Prevention – 7 things to do

Life, Mental health, Youth work

World Mental Health Day 2019 Suicide Prevention

The theme for this year’s World Mental Health Day is suicide prevention, there are many awful statistics around young people dying by suicide: it the second leading cause of death for 15-29 year olds globally. Every suicide is tragic and has lasting impact on the friends and family of those left behind. Something needs to… Continue reading World Mental Health Day 2019 Suicide Prevention