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Mental Health week, starting 9th May 2022, focuses on loneliness.

One in four adults feel lonely some or all of the time. There’s no single cause and there’s no one solution. After all, we’re all different! But, the longer we feel lonely, the more we are at risk of mental health problems. Some people are also at higher risk of feeling lonely than others.

Just One Number is a really useful service for parents/carers to use when we are not at school, if you have any worries or concerns. The website is full of useful advice about children's developmental stages and behaviours.

 

 

Worried about your child having thoughts of self harm? This brochure should help you.

 

 

Sometimes circumstances that are out of our control can effect our happy family and home environment, below are numerous resources and links to services that are there to help in our hour of need.

Please remember as a school we are here to help and can be contacted via telephone or email.

 

 

 

As we settle back into a sense of normality our children are processing big emotions .

I thought the picture below was a great reminder of how we reassure our children it’s ok to cry. 

 

 

Conversation Starters for children.

 

Being a mum myself I know, more often than not, the response we get from our children when we ask them what have you learnt today is " nothing".

Our children may not be able to make emotional connection to the tasks they have completed during the day.

A great fun activity is to write some of the suggestions below on to paper or lolly pop sticks and during tea time take it in turns to read one out and get everyone to answer.

Its important for the grown ups to take part too. Therefore, you are modelling to the children what they need to do.

 

Having completed this with my own family I found out so much more about their day and we did chuckle at many of the answers.

 

What made you laugh today ?

Did anything make you sad today ?

Tell me something you were proud of that you did today ?

How have you helped someone today ?

How did someone help you today?

Whats the most interesting thing you heard today ?

What was the hardest thing you did today ?

Who is the kindest person you know ?

 

Im sure you can think of many other ideas that relate to your own families .

 

Good Luck 

Miss Strutt

 

Boundaries

The importance of teaching our children boundaries and teaching them how to set them with others. 

 

Boundaries are part of our everyday life and you will have already set many with your children from a young age. 

 

Everyone has a right to set boundaries. Sometimes as parents when we set boundaries, they do not make sense to our child. Therefore, it’s important that we make sure our children have an understanding of boundaries and that we are consistent in using them. As parents we need to teach are children that just because they don’t think it’s a big deal others may feel differently. Boundaries and relationships are a two way street. Respecting boundaries is a sign of kindness and respect . 

 

It’s important that we continue to enforce those boundaries and set new ones as our children grow to allow them to build healthy relationships and reach their full potential in life. This should also make parenting a bit easier too!

 

Four Top Tips 

 

1) Take the time.

Ask your children what makes them feel uncomfortable or sad and what they wish would not happen anymore. This will be your starting point for helping your child to set boundaries. 

 

2) Use clear and firm language.

Do not use words such as I’m sorry, maybe, it would be nice. When using these words we weaken the boundaries and others don’t respond to our boundaries with respect.  We then give the opportunity to break the boundaries. 

 

3) Model it.

For our children to use boundaries correctly as parents we need to model it ourselves. We need to show our children that we respect boundaries and that we set healthy boundaries for ourselves. 

 

4) Setting boundaries is tough! 

When setting boundaries others can resist and challenge as they may not be used to you saying no or setting limits. To protect your own boundaries, you need to say no. This can trigger guilt and emotion, both of which are natural feelings in these situations. While this is tough, it’s so important that every time the boundary is challenged you let the other person know this is not okay. 

 

 

If you would like any support around boundaries Miss Strutt is here to support and she can post you to any services she feels may be of help to you and your child. 

 


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