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A series of articles published by our social worker, Darren Miles – with tips and advice to get the best out of life.

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Maintaining kids’ mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

While there are concerns about the negative impact physical isolation is having on children’s learning, we should also be concerned about their mental health. Any anxiety and fear they experience is heightened by isolation from friends, lack of access to their usual sports and leisure activities and a lack of certainty about the future. In …

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Returning to School Anxiety-Free

Going back to school after the enforced COVID-19 break can be a source of mixed emotions for many children and young people. Some students, who love the face-to-face interactions, just can’t wait to reconnect with friends and teachers. Others who have appreciated the break from constantly being emotionally switched on when at school may not …

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Resisting the Power of the Pester!

Do you have a child who won’t take “no” for an answer?“Mum, can you buy me a treat?” “MUUUMMMM, can you get me some new clothes?” “It’s not fair. You never let me have any fun.” Sound familiar? Kids have a way of getting under your skin when they really want something. You can refuse …

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Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

If there was a drug with no negative side effects that helped you eat healthier, exercise more, experience less depression, and sleep better, how long would it last in the pharmacy? We would flock to doctors for prescriptions. The pharmaceutical company would have a hit.It may not be a drug, but gratitude may be as …

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Helping children cope with stress during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak

For the last 3 or so weeks we have all been in unchartered waters. It has been a time of immense change and uncertainty with no clear indication of when things will get back to ‘normal.’ For us and our children this insecurity can create and highten emotions of not feeling safe, vulnerability, concerns for …

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Staying Safe Online

We have been living in a digital age for quite a while now and it is something that I am going to have to get used to and accept as the norm. Whilst it is the norm and a fantastic resource that definitely can make life simpler, quicker and cheaper there are still many hazards …

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