Making sure the kids are alright

Are your kids finding the world a difficult place to be right now?

Mine definitely are.

The ongoing pandemic, the uncertainty about returning to school in the UK and George Floyd’s death – and the protests that have swept the world as a result – have been weighing heavily on us. In particular my children.

Sometimes, it’s hard to see that the world can actually be a good place. Especially when you’re 10-years-old.

Quote for kids

 

Here are some of the things that we are trying to do at home to make sure the kids are aware but also having fun.

 

Happy Self Journal
The Happy Self Journal is a great way for kids to write about their day and acknowledge their feelings

 

What to buy: The HappySelf Journal

We were sent a copy of The HappySelf Journal to try and it’s proved a huge hit. It’s a daily journal for children aged 6 – 12 based on scientifically proven methods that promote happiness.

The diary encourages kids to reflect on their day, examine their feelings, write down what they are grateful for and what they have achieved. Daily quotes add positivity and the illustrations make the diary fun to use. It’s a great way to help kids express how they are feeling. There’s also a journal for kids aged 12+

 

A Mighty Girl Books
Diversify your bookshelves with this list of books from A Mighty Girl

 

What to read: Diversify your bookshelves

One of the reasons that I travel with my kids is to show them that there is more to the world than where they live.

I firmly believe that by exposing them to different cultures, religions, beliefs, languages, food, history, and yes, colours of skin, that they will see that we are all are more alike than we are different.

I’m trying to educate both myself and my kids about racism. I don’t always get it right but it’s only by talking about it and taking action that we can make a change. This list of books about extraordinary black girls and women is helping to diversify our bookshelves.

 

Banjo Robinson
Banjo Robinson is a Global Explorer who writes letters to your kids!

 

What to write: A letter to Banjo Robinson

Banjo Robinson is a cat and Global Explorer! He visits a new country twice a month and sends personalised letters to your child along the way.

The starter kit includes a map so you can tracks his adventures and each letter comes with activities, a recipe and an envelope so your child can write back to Banjo. We’ve already had letters from New Zealand and the Andaman Islands!

This is a lovely way to get younger kids interested in the world and to have some quality, screen-free time together.

I’ll be hosting a giveaway on my Instagram soon where you can win a Banjo Robinson subscription so keep a look out!

 

Headspace for kids
Headspace for kids is a great way for children to learn mindfulness

 

What to listen to: Headspace for kids

I’m a big fan of the Headspace app and I’ve been trying to encourage my kids to use the Headspace for kids version.

The app offers activities that teach children the basics of mindfulness including breathing exercises and visualisations. Taking time out can only be a good thing, right?!

 

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