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Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: 5 Important Questions

Learning about ourselves and what makes us ‘us’ is an important aspect of self-esteem and happiness. If we develop a strong sense of what we like, what makes us feel good, and how we want to be it allows us to live our lives more authentically and be less swayed to be something we are

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Emotions & Feelings
Nicky Edwards

Should we stop praising independence?

If you attended the Dandelion Conference in April 2024, you will have heard my presentation about attachment styles and the expression of feelings. The role of attachments, is something I am hugely passionate about as it influences so many aspects of our perception of child behaviour and feelings. Attachment theory was first proposed by Bowlby,

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Therapeutic Colouring

Free Activity So, this week, our free activity is a downloadable therapeutic colouring sheet, so you can unwind together. Why not make it a family affair and all have a go…. Download here Next steps Want to learn more?  Would you like to deliver emotional literacy interventions in your work? Our Level 3 Emotional Literacy Mentor qualification

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Emotions & Feelings
Nicky Edwards

4 ways to support children to externalise their feelings

When it comes to feelings, there are two routes that we can take: In the reverse to a first aid situation, when we cannot see someone’s expression of feelings this is a warning sign that a child or young person needs support. When we can see a child’s behaviours or hear their expressed words, this

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Feelings Colouring

Identifying that our feelings are fluid, and ever moving supports children to understand that they do not need to always feel ‘happy’. For so many children and adults, there is a pressure to always be ‘happy’, when in reality our feelings move continually throughout the day. Learning to differentiate between different feelings is an important

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Emotions & Feelings
Nicky Edwards

Creating safe spaces for feelings

Emotional literacy sits at the core of our well-being, mental health and management of needs such as stress. When we have positive emotional literacy skills, we have a greater capacity to: However, to be able to do this we also need the right environment. The development of emotional literacy awareness requires support as well as

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Journal Prompts for Friendships

Journal Prompts Journalling can help us to calm our minds by structuring our thoughts. Journal prompts help us to explore different aspects of our lives and develop a deeper understanding of them. By taking time to deeply think about different concepts, we can find peace, solutions or identify areas for support. Journal prompts are questions

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Adult Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

The easiest way to teach accountability

A subject that often comes up when I speak with parents and professionals, is about how we teach accountability and taking responsibility with children and young people. Accountability refers to the ability to: So, how do we best teach accountability? Accountability is correlated to both positive and negative behaviours and actions. Many young people have

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Creating Good Feelings

Self-care The process of emotional literacy development, includes being able to recognise and meet our own needs. Happiness is a feeling that we can create, as is feeling good and having positive opportunities. Download here Next steps: Want to learn more?  Would you like to deliver emotional literacy interventions in your work? Our Level 3

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Parenting
Nicky Edwards

10 questions to ask yourself today

Questions are incredible things. The questions we ask can completely change the direction that we take and the feelings that we evoke. Think for a moment, if you ask a child ‘did you have a good day at school?’ they will often tell you ‘No!’. However, if you shift that question to ‘what was the

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: June Colouring

Download here Free Activity So, this week, our free activity is a downloadable mandala colouring sheet, so you can unwind together. Why not make it a family affair and all have a go…. Want to learn more?  Are you looking for a deeper understanding of child mental health? Our Level 4 Child and Adolescent Mental

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Resilience
Nicky Edwards

Why we need self-awareness

Whilst in a meeting this week, we had a discussion about self-awareness that I wanted to share, because it highlights a set of skills that are paramount to our well-being. Self-awareness refers to our ability to have “conscious knowledge of our own character and feelings”. This includes being aware of our feelings, and what drives

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: 10 questions to feel good

Journal Prompts Journalling can help us to calm our minds by structuring our thoughts. Journal prompts help us to explore different aspects of our lives and develop a deeper understanding of them. By taking time to deeply think about different concepts, we can find peace, solutions or identify areas for support. Journal prompts are questions

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Resilience
Nicky Edwards

Why we need Glimmers and Glows

Glimmers have become more popular over the last few years, and we often see social media posts talking about them. So, what is a glimmer and a glow? Glimmers Glimmers are micro-moments of pleasure that we experience in the day. These small moments, when we give them attention, provide us with calm, peace and connection.

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: 9 ways to decompress

With exams upon us, supporting young people to decompress between exams to manage their stress levels and support them to retain their revision is an important, and often missed aspect of the preparation process. So, we are sharing 9 ways that young people can decompress between their exams (and after). 9 ways to decompress Download

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Child Mental Health
Nicky Edwards

Why are boundaries so important?

When I teach about mental health, I frequently talk about why children desperately need structure and boundaries. Sometimes, people can feel that it is being too rigid to give children structure, and that children should be able to choose these things for themselves. So, let’s look at why boundaries and structure matter: What should we

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Activities
Nicky Edwards

Children’s Activity: Move your focus

If you read our article this week, we were exploring the impact of our perspective, and where our head is. If you missed it, you can read it here. Being able to ask yourself the right questions, and shift your focus is an important skill when it comes to regulating our feelings and behaviours. Free

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Overwhelm
Nicky Edwards

Where is your head?

I often have conversations in my coaching and therapy work about where our perspective is and the impact that this has on our mental health and well-being. Depending on where we focus, has a significant impact on our thoughts and feelings. If we focus on the PAST, we can find ourselves focussed on regrets, ruminating,

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