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Why a focus on well-being is great if it’s done safely
Why a focus on well-being is great if it’s done safely 150 150 Jane Evans

  Did you do breathing, meditating, yoga or mindfulness when you were in preschool or school? Neither did I. In hindsight, do you think it would it have been useful? Maybe it would have equipped us for the pressures of life and onward journey through adolescence and into adulthood. Either way, I am glad there…

Is it time to tidy out your ‘anxiety draw’?
Is it time to tidy out your ‘anxiety draw’? 150 150 Jane Evans

At home or at work most of us have that draw! It’s the one we just shove everything and anything into that might come in useful. Over time it gets messier and messier and finding anything in it becomes a real challenge. It often stresses us out and irritates us so we cope by: Keeping…

Should William and Kate avoid full-time nursery for Charlotte?
Should William and Kate avoid full-time nursery for Charlotte? 150 150 Jane Evans

This week I saw media articles proclaiming that 2-year-old Princess Charlotte will be starting at nursery full-time in January, she will be three in May. My first thought was WHY? What is there for her there that would be better for her than being at home with her loved ones? Its website describes it as…

Why anxiety makes children sick
Why anxiety makes children sick 150 150 Jane Evans

  Recently parents have been asking me whether anxiety in children can make them physically sick. The short answer is YES. Anxiety is a whole-body and brain experience and can trigger the following reactions in the body if it happens too often for too long. Feeling and being sick Diarrhoea and constipation Neck, shoulder, back…

Why we must recognize that school can be a child’s sanctuary
Why we must recognize that school can be a child’s sanctuary 150 150 Jane Evans

School can be a place to exhale and feel safe Many children have complex home lives. Parents and carers doing their best in most cases but often juggling too much for too long with their emotional and physical needs unmet, sometimes since birth. Trying to function and raise children in a time of scarce resources…

What to do when a child’s trauma pan boils over
What to do when a child’s trauma pan boils over 150 150 Jane Evans

Living with a child whose trauma is emerging takes many things. Emotional resilience and availability, the capacity to be hit, spat at, have objects thrown at you, to hear awful things from the child, compassion, calmness the list goes on and on. Especially as it often triggers our own trauma so that is an additional…

Why is tickling a child really about respect and consent?
Why is tickling a child really about respect and consent? 150 150 Jane Evans

Tickling in the House of Commons? During a discussion in the House of Commons on the rise in the numbers of sexual assaults on children, the MP for Glasgow Central, Alison Thewliss, talked about tickling children in the context of teaching them about consent. “In thinking about consent, that also starts at a very young…

Why are schools using so many shame tactics?
Why are schools using so many shame tactics? 150 150 Jane Evans

What’s going on? Highlighted across all forms of media are stories about the rising numbers of children suffering from a range of mental illness. Alongside this are stories of schools using shaming tactics in the name of behavior management. This is NOT a coincidence. Ironically mental illness and shame have a close relationship. Shame induces fear…

Are you ready to ditch ‘the look’ when caring for children?
Are you ready to ditch ‘the look’ when caring for children? 150 150 Jane Evans

Have you ever caught yourself giving a child the look to stop their behaviour, only to regret it later, as: You realised it wasn’t them who did it They burst into floods of tears….for ages You hear later that their cat died last night You knew it wasn’t really about them Can stickers replace the…

Why are over 25% of adoptive families reporting that they are in crisis?
Why are over 25% of adoptive families reporting that they are in crisis? 150 150 Jane Evans

Adoptive parents may well be screaming at the screen if they’ve just read the title of this blog For those who live with their adopted children, it may well be ridiculously obvious! For example, if you go into adoption with expectations of creating a loving family environment for and with a child, only to discover…