Adapting to New School Norms

I’m a busy mum of two, a secondary school teacher, a guidance councillor and coach to teenagers and parents. One of the questions I hear often is ‘are we ever going to adapt to the new norm in schools’?

My answer is yes, but we as the parents and guardians have a big part to play in helping our children settle back into school, in reducing their fears, acknowledging their anxieties and ensuring them that they are safe and together we will all get through this.

“If children feel safe, they can take risks, ask questions, make mistakes, learn to trust, share their feelings, and grow.”

Alfie Kohn

As a parent, I worry about the unknown who doesn’t but we can’t focus on the unknown we need to focus on the now, the present moment and our children’s health and wellbeing. Their mental health and wellbeing is as important as their physical health. The work of education is divided between the teacher, the environment in the school and the student’s home.

We as parents and guardians need to manage our own fears and anxieties to ensure our children don’t carry that burden on their shoulders, we need to teach our children how to mind themselves and others while encouraging them to be children and teens and to live their lives the best they can in these strange times. Yes, this is easier said than done but we must try, those little or big ears are taking in everything on they hear on the news and around them.

Since Covid I have worked with a number of young children and teens, today their biggest fear is “killing their parents or grandparents from giving them COVID”. My heart breaks for them and fears for the other children who are internalising these fears. As adults most of us have the skills to cope with these thoughts and feelings, our children don’t so let’s help them through this difficult time as much as we can.

Firstly, shower your child with love and affection, tell them they are safe, hug them, hold their hand they need to know physical contact with our loved ones is ok. Talk to them, encourage open conversations about what is going on in their lives and the world around us, when you are talking to them be present and fully attentive, ensuring they feel heard.

Second, we must mention phones and social media, we could talk for hours about the positives and negative implications our phones are having on our lives but now is not the time, one thing we know for sure is we need to be mindful of how much time our children are spending on their phones and various social media platforms. It is our responsibility to monitor this and to instill positive habits around phones use. We also need to leave my example.

Third, a simple yet powerful tool positive praise, this is one of the most effective tools to build their self-esteem. Having healthy self-esteem is really important as it helps our children make positive choices in their everyday life and helps them deal with difficult situations like Covid and the changes to their life at present. Praise your children for how well they are doing in school and extracurricular activities.

Other tools we can use to help our children during this difficult time: simple Meditation, meditation is a fabulous tool for children of all ages, it can be a little a 1 minute but it will help them slow down, be present and notice what’s going on for them. Worry stones for younger children put these in their school bags so they can use when they feel overwhelmed in school.

A balanced healthy lifestyle is crucial for all of us especially in this difficult time, children need fresh air, to exercise daily, ensure they have a balanced diet, drinking lots of water throughout the day and finally sleep, leave the phones downstairs and ensure they are getting a good night’s sleep.

Finally, teach them how to be present, you must lead by example take a moment each day with them to be present and expressing gratitude for something in your lives that day,

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That is why it is called the present.”

Alice Morse Earle

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7 week podcast series on FM 104

Join myself and Emma Kehoe tonight on FM104, for week 1 in this 7-week series on the 7 principles of deliberately creating your own reality in every day, real life situations.

The Source – A Journey

Taking the journey of the book consciously has been an amazing and beautiful experience. Standing on the balcony and seeing how momentum has gathered around it since June has been breath taking. When I was writing the book, I opened myself up to Source Energy and the field of pure potential completely (through meditation.) It began to work in me, for me and through me. This energy guided every word in the book. I got out of my own way, stepping through many fears (inner child work) and I just let that powerful energy ripple out from me. Every single person along this particular journey has recognised and opened up to that same energy within them and added to the momentum of The Source. This magnificent energy rippled out to my children who are my world and to my family and friends. It continued to gain momentum and rippled out to all the employees of Gill Books, especially Teresa Daly along with Trailblazer Kathy Scott. Gaining momentum, it resonated in the hearts of Andrew Hyland and Kellie O’Rourke who openly gave powerful insights into their own lives in the book.

Source Energy most definitely emanated powerfully through each and every person who was in the Fumbally Stables last Thursday the 26th April for the launch. The energy in the Fumbally was magnetic only because of the culminating feeling emanating from each and every person along this journey.

Mummy Pages

#MUMTRUTHS: Latest podcast episode will help you create a happier life. In this latest episode of our #mumtruths podcast series, Laura meets Judith McAdam, an author, life coach, and kinesiologist who works with mums to help them find their true path through life.

In this episode, Laura chats to Judith about the challenges facing mums as their lives change direction after children. Drawing from all of Judith’s experience and specialist skills, Laura explores some tips and strategies for navigating motherhood and mapping out your daily journey so that you can achieve your life and career goals for a fulfilling and happy life.

We learn that when you use meditation to reconnect with yourself on a regular basis that you will better be able to listen to and act on your intuition, which is effectively your navigation system for life. With Judith we also discover that by actively reprogramming your subconscious mind in a positive way, momentum will build around what you want from life. Judith teaches us that we can all deliberately create our own reality.

The Source Goes Audio and World Wide

It’s the first day of the New Year and I am thrilled to think that The Source: Connect with your Inner Power and Create with your own Reality has gone worldwide on Audio, iTunes and Google Play. Thank you so much for all the wonderful texts and support you have given me I deeply appreciate it.

Out of the so called ‘blue’ Gill Books in conjunction with Bolinda contacted me about The Source becoming an audio book. Bolinda are the largest online audio bookstore in the Southern hemisphere and the biggest online large print bookstore in the world!! Can you believe it, from the 1st of January 2020 The Source: Connect with Your Inner Power and Create Your Own Reality will be available WORLDWIDE! You will be able to access The Source digitally on Audible, iTunes and Google Play. I even got to record it myself. This was hugely important for me that it would be my voice reading to all those people would now listen to it.

The Source is now rippling out into the world, into 2020 and into the next decade. I guess I will just keep on visualising because it has led me on a fantastic journey so far.

7 week podcast series on FM 104

This 7-week series with Shireen Langan on FM 104 is creating a big stir. Living Your Best Life discusses topics, tips and tools in showing listeners how to apply the 7 principles of deliberately creating your own reality in every-day, real life situations.