Sleep texting? Surely that’s got to be a made-up story? And if it isn’t what on earth is going on?
Our ‘internal conversation’ is perhaps the greatest influence on our day-to-day lives – but what if you’re stuck listening to a nay-saying pessimist? The good news is that optimism is a skill that can be learned.
Revision isn’t just a chance for children to get ready for exams – it’s a chance for them to learn how to cope with pressure, and to develop their emotional resilience. So how can you help them best?
Screen time for children is an increasing public health issue, with potential links to increased obesity, sleep problems, and effects on social and learning skills. To help parents the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published their first ever guidelines .
Gratitude is having a bit of a moment, with on-line courses and printed ‘gratitude journals’ freely available and strongly marketed. However, there is evidence of a real association between increasing gratitude and increasing wellbeing.
It’s common knowledge that teenagers’ behaviour and mood swings are down to hormones and puberty. It’s also wrong – in fact the teenage brain is much different than we understood even 10 years ago.
One question I’m often asked by concerned parents is around their childrens’ behaviour. “They’re acting out of character and getting moody and angry – are they ill or a teenager behaving normally?”
When you want to help your teen – to try to find out what is affecting their mood or behaviour – then you’re going to have to talk to them. Talking to teens isn’t always easy, and talking to people about their mental health isn’t easy, so talking to teens about their mental health is right in the middle of the difficulty Venn diagram.
The Victim – surely no-one wants to be that?