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The Curious Parent | The skills kids need to be world ready
16 minutes | Feb 8, 2019
All about journaling with Fran Excell
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16 minutes | Aug 17, 2018
Stress, resilience and growth mindset with Vicky Bellman
In this episode I welcome back Vicky Bellman who is a counsellor working with children and teenagers. We had such a great chat in episode 103 about the challenges of tech and screen time that I wanted to continue the conversation and share more of Vicky’s knowledge with you. One area that Vicky helps her young clients with is dealing with anxiety and perfectionism - and it appears that is a trend she is seeing in her teenage clients - and I really wanted to talk to her more about stress, resilience and growth mindset.Highlights from our conversation include: How to explain the idea of set-backs to a child The importance of failure and resilience Practical ways to help your child get back on track when something doesn’t go as planned Why you should call a family meeting to review everyone’s commitments Anxiety as an important feeling and when to know if your child should see a counsellor Useful links:Episode 103 on Technology and screen-timeVicky's websiteVicky on InstagramThe post Stress, resilience and growth mindset with Vicky Bellman appeared first on HappySelf.
21 minutes | Aug 10, 2018
On fostering creativity in our kids with Joanna Pieters
In this episode I have a great conversation with Joanna Pieters about the importance of creativity in kids and the challenges this brings us a parents. Joanna coaches highly creative people and in her podcast and coaching work there is a focus on creative resilience, perseverance and how to stay creative. I really wanted to see if the work she does with her clients can be translated to a younger audience.Highlights of our conversation include: Why it is important to stay creative How to foster creativity in the midst of our busy lives Why we need both divergent and convergent thinking time and why it’s important for kids to understand the difference Circle The importance of structure and habits in the creative process Circle The importance about producing rather than worrying about winning when it comes to creative pursuitsUseful links:Joanna’s podcast The Creative Life Show Joanna’s websiteJoanna on Twitter and InstagramThe post On fostering creativity in our kids with Joanna Pieters appeared first on HappySelf.
19 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
Raising organised kids with Patty Cruz-Fouchard
How can we help our kids be more organised? I speak to Patty Cruz-Fouchard who runs Organised and Simple and helps busy people in business and at home who are overwhelmed to become more organised with their time, space and information. Patty loves setting up tailored made routines for her clients so they can learn how to be more productive in their lives and I wanted to see how this translated to her own home life and share her experience with you.I really wanted to talk to her about the nitty gritty of daily routines and get her tips on how to make travelling with kids easier. As a mum of 3 boys and frequent international traveller I couldn’t think of a better guest to get on and give us some valuable insights.Highlights from this episode include: The secret to morning and evening routines for your kids How to get your kids involved with chores How Patty handles reward systems Patty’s formula for successful holidays with kids Why you need packing cubes How Patty is raising her boys to be world readyUseful links:Patty on InstagramPatty's YouTube channel (I love the cameo appearances that her kids make in some of the episodes)Packing cubes (haven't heard of them? just google it or look in amazon)The post Raising organised kids with Patty Cruz-Fouchard appeared first on HappySelf.
22 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
Raising productive kids with Grace Marshall
Is it possible to raise productive kids? This is the question I wanted to ask fellow productivity expert Grace Marshall. Grace is the author of the award-winning "How to be REALLY Productive” and runs workshops as a Productivity Ninja. Her kids are 12 and 9 (so very similar to mine in age!) and so she was the perfect Podcast guest to geek out on all things family productivity.As we both work with clients to help them get their work done with less stress and overwhelm I wanted to talk to Grace about whether this is reflected in our home lives. This is a great conversation filled with practical tips and insights as Grace shares some of her productive parenting tips.Highlights of our conversation include: Teaching kids to capture new information and learn how to plan How Grace uses a family calendar Helping kids take responsibility for organising themselves The importance of cultivating self-awareness when it comes to making changes How to help kids learn how to focus and why this is so important Tactics for screen-time at homeHighlights of our conversation include:Grace on TwitterGrace’s books How to be REALLY Productive and 21 Ways to Manage the Stuff that Sucks up your TimeGrace explains the token method she mentions in more detail in this blog post from her websiteA great article from Grace's blog about sharing the load as parentsThe post Raising productive kids with Grace Marshall appeared first on HappySelf.
18 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
Helping our children understand themselves with Mandy Lehto
In this episode I’m talking to Mandy Lehto who is a coach, speaker and writer. I really wanted to ask Mandy about the coaching work she does with her clients and their search for more peace, purpose and authenticity in their lives. Adults often spend a lot of time looking for greater self-awareness and feeling happy with who they are and where they are. But how can we introduce this into our parenting so that our kids grow up feeling that the are ‘enough’?Highlights of our conversation include: How parents can get to know their children and teach them to understand who they really are Why saying ‘just be yourself’ is the most unhelpful statement ever Using the Enneagram to get a better understanding of our children (and ourselves) Using Julia Cameron’s The Artists Way to help children tap into what makes them who they are Great questions to ask your kids at the dinner table The importance of failure and how to approach it in a positive way Bounceback as the kids version of resilience Mindfulness without it feeling like a ‘thing’ What to say in moments of stress so that you don’t turn everything into teaching points and experienceUseful links:Mandy’s daily email Moxie CastEnneagram Institute online testElizabeth Wagele’s book The Enneagram of ParentingThe Artist's Way for Parents by Julia CameronThe Artist's Way by Julia CameronThe Curious Parent Podcast episode 103 with Vicky BellmanThe post Helping our children understand themselves with Mandy Lehto appeared first on HappySelf.
15 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
How to develop a positive mindset with Fran Excell
In this episode I talk to Fran Excell who is a mindset coach about her experience of helping her clients let go of negative thinking and limiting beliefs. I wanted to talk to her about the importance of a positive mindset and see how we might bring this into busy family life. I can't help but notice that business owners and entrepreneurs are particularly aware of the importance of mindset when it comes to success in life. In my own work as a productivity strategist I see many adults investing in coaching and self-development. My question is why not start this process earlier so the later coaching isn't as necessary?I feel really passionate about introducing these habits and concepts at a younger age and so it was great to talk to Fran about the neuroscience behind the techniques and what simple things we can do at home with our kids that will make a lasting difference. Highlights of our conversation: How to retrain your brain to be more positive The importance of resilience and reframing Gratitude practice - how this simple technique pays huge dividends circle Mindfulness and it’s role in calming the stress response in our bodies circle Getting started with journaling circle Introducing random acts of kindness into your day and why this makes a differenceFran and I so enjoyed our conversation that we recorded a second episode for you all about journaling. Look out for it later this series.Links that get mentioned:Fran on InstagramFran’s podcast The Positive Pants PodcastFran’s Facebook groupFran’s blog post about why we can’t be happy all the timeThe post How to develop a positive mindset with Fran Excell appeared first on HappySelf.
17 minutes | Aug 3, 2018
Technology and screen-time with Vicky Bellman
In this episode I talk to Vicky Bellman, from concentriccounselling.com, who is a counsellor based close to me here in Kent. She runs a practice offering one to one counselling to adults, children and teenagers. I really wanted to ask Vicky about the kinds of issues she helps her younger clients with and what we as parents can do at home to tackle common causes of stress. We start by talking about how she helps her clients during their sessions and end up having a really practical chat about tackling screen-time at home. This is a topic we both had tackled ourselves with our families so there are lots of useful nuggets to share.As I mention at the start of the podcast Vicky joined the call from her practice which is based in a shepherds hut on the grounds of a beautiful Victorian walled garden and I promised you a photo:Highlights from this episode include: The therapeutic effect of creative work and how we release tension through the body. Slime gets mentioned! circle The importance of taking action and setting boundaries. What to do if you feel like tech has got out of control at home. circle Why you need a table of shame in your house.Useful links:Vicky's website Concentric CounsellingVicky on InstagramVicky's blog post on her digital detoxMy blog post about my son's digital detoxMy blog post about our table of shameThe post Technology and screen-time with Vicky Bellman appeared first on HappySelf.
22 minutes | Jun 6, 2018
Developing healthy study habits with Juliet Landau-Pope
As we heard in the last episode there are lots of reasons children get stressed with exams and the revision process. In this episode I talk to study skills expert Juliet Landau-Pope about how we can support our children develop healthy study habits.Juliet is a certified coach, professional organiser and academic study skills consultant. She coaches teens and adults and runs workshops promoting organising and time management skills. She has written two books on Productivity and Decluttering. I wanted to tap into her vast experience of coaching study skills and time management and distill this into some practical tips and techniques we can try at homeSome show highlights include:The massive gap between parents and kids when it comes to revision and how dealing with this overcomes a huge amount of stress and tension at home.How to tap into your children’s motivation and why this is important when it comes to the revision processTypical mistakes when it comes to tackling revisionJuliet’s opinion on tutors and what to invest in instead for long term successHow approaching exams is like running a marathonUseful links:Juliet Landau-Pope’s websiteJuliet Landau-Pope on TwitterJuliet Landau Pope’s books on AmazonThe post Developing healthy study habits with Juliet Landau-Pope appeared first on HappySelf.
21 minutes | Jun 6, 2018
Helping your child with exam stress with Clare Josa
As we are still in exam season I am kicking off the series with my conversation with Clare Josa and how to help your child with exam stress.We can’t avoid exams (they are starting earlier and earlier and won’t stop until University so there is no getting away from this one!) so the more we can do to make sure our children our equipped to deal with them the better.Whether it is helping our children build up a range of skills and techniques so they can help themselves or as parents being able to spot problems and tackle meltdowns this is an important topic.Clare Josa is an author, international speaker and mindset mentor. She is a long-time certified NLP trainer, meditation and yoga teacher and author of 5 life-changing books include Dare to Dream Bigger and various online courses on Imposter Syndrome and Limiting Beliefs. Clare has recently launched the '7 1/2 ways to beat exam stress fast’ after helping her own son with exam stress and I wanted to talk to her about some of the techniques she recommends.Some highlights of our conversation include:How to spot the signs of stress.Step zero when it comes to helping our children.How to keep the conversation going when talking to your parents becomes taboo.Figuring out where the stress is coming from and what to do about it.Clare ‘Magic question’ - the one we ALL need to remember and when to ask it.Using positive affirmations to get kids into the right mindset to approach exams in the best possible way.Useful links:Clare Josa’s Beat Exam Stress website7 ½ ways to beat exam stress courseA Year Full of Gratitude by Clare JosaClare Josa on InstagramThe post Helping your child with exam stress with Clare Josa appeared first on HappySelf.
10 minutes | Jun 1, 2018
How to raise world ready kids
Have you ever wondered what skills our kids really need these days? well you are in the right place!Welcome to the Curious Parent Podcast with me, Francesca Geens, mother, entrepreneur, productivity strategist and generally curious person who is setting out to understand what makes world ready kids.In this first series I’m drilling down into the real-life skills that will help our children be best prepared for the world ahead. When we read daily reports of this generation growing up more stressed than ever and with claims that 60% of the jobs that primary age children are going into don’t even exist there is so much more needed than a traditional education can provide.Mindfulness is on the rise, there is a return to journaling and people are realising there is a need to curb their screen time. With books on Mindset, Grit and Deep Work becoming mainstream as well as increasing press on the Science of Happiness there is scope to bring more of this to our children.So what if we didn’t wait until we were adults to figure out the skills we need to be happy and successful in an increasingly busy world? Can we introduce skills, mindsets and habits at a younger age so that our children grow up equipped to help themselves?In this series I have talked to eight experts who all in their own way can give us insight into how we can approach parenting to help our children develop a better skill-set for the world ahead. We talk about helping children with exam stress, how to handle technology, developing a positive mindset, how to raise productive and organised children, how to talk about failure in a positive way, the importance of creativity, ways to foster resilience and how to get started with journaling amongst other things.I also asked all my guests what they wished they had learned at school but didn’t and what advice they would give their younger selves aged 12. Their answers will inspire you and provide plenty to reflect on and I challenge you to answer those questions for yourselves and share the answer with your children at dinner tonight.The post How to raise world ready kids appeared first on HappySelf.
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