new cards to help children and young people talk about mental health

mental health resource for schools

This week we launch a new set of conversation cards called ‘Conversations about Mental Health with Children and Young People’.

They are designed to help children explore and talk about mental health and wellbeing.   Read more

Help Your Child Develop Confidence – New Cards

How to develop confidence

How to develop confidenceHelp Your Child Develop Confidence

I am so delighted to announce that we are publishing a new pack of cards to help children develop confidence.

Confidence affects all areas of our lives from work to relationships to health. If we help children be confident we are giving them an important tool and a great start in life.

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Does your child struggle to make friends? Healthy Friendships gets a mentions in The Telegraph

The-Daily-Telegraph-01Fink got a mention in a great article in The Telegraph today. 

The article is about children’s friendships and makes some great points.

From the article – 

Psychologist Emma Citron believes it would help if all children were taught more about friendship…

‘It’s true that some children pick up social skills just like anything else, like spelling. Some need to have unpacked and explained in order for them to get it. I would love to see more friendship education in schools.’

“it’s always been assumed that making friends is just something youngsters have to learn to do by themselves. However, a ground-breaking approach from the US is treating social difficulties in the playground in the same way as any other learning difficulty.”

 

The article makes some very good points about how children learn about friendships and what we can parents can do to help. In the article Tanith Carey gives parents 4 tips on how to help their children make friends. I am delighted to see she suggested Healthy Friendship Fink Cards. 

 

Talk about friendship: The shrinking of today’s playtime, excessive after school activities and screen time are two means many children are missing out on ‘friendship practice’. In response, Becky Goddard-Hill, a trained psychotherapist, created Fink Friendship cards  (finkcards.co.uk). 

You can read the full article here, and you can find out more about Healthy Friendships here

Healthy Friendships

 

Fink Cards Price Increase

Fink Cards Price To Increase To £18.99.

We have worked really hard to keep the cost of a pack of cards low but a sudden price hike of raw materials has given us no option to rise our prices.

Although this has been the last resort I am happy to say that our cards are still printed locally and still offer great value.

I still believe that Fink conversation cards are a valuable resource. They improve communication. They help strengthen and deepen relationships. They support people to talk about things that matter.

Thank you so much for your support over the years, it has been my pleasure to serve you. We look forward to continuing to help people learn, grow and connect through the power of conversation.

 

 

 

One Punch Murder

One Punch Murder

One Punch Murder is something I knew very little about until I met Sarah Murphy. I learnt that on the 21st August 2011 her brother was killed in a sudden, unprovoked attack.

Sarah explained that people killed by the impact of just one punch was not as uncommon as I thought. She told me how her brothers death had impacted her and her family. It is a meeting I will never forget. Murder is a painful and difficult topic.

Sarah went onto write Talking About Trauma, a resource to help people discuss ways to move forward after experiencing a traumatic event. Working with Sarah has opened my eyes to One Punch Murder and the pain families suffer.

Recently Sarah posted a link to a TEDX talk by Jamie Denyer.

Jamie’s nephew, Connor Saunders was killed by One Punch and I have got to be honest, I did not make it far into this film before I cried. As the mother of a 19 year old son myself I could not help myself.

Jamie talks about grief, care, compassion, forgiveness, about forgetting materialism, human connection and family. He talks about the justice system, and what it is like to find yourself in court eye to eye with the person who had murdered someone you love.

This video is about suffering and loss but it is also inspiring. Jamie shares honest reminders about what is really important in life. He explains that as an organ donor 7 people’s lives have been saved following Connors death.

This isn’t easy to watch but we need to share Connors story. Young people need to hear this. 

If you are a teacher, youth worker or parent please talk to young people about One Punch Murder.

You can reach Jamie at www.connorshelpinghand.com and on twitter @griefpreacher

 

 

 

 

Family Mealtimes

Getting Families Talking at Mealtimes

I am moving house and uncovering all sorts of treasure as we clear out and pack up. This week, hidden in the shed, I uncovered a disc of some filming I did way back in 2009 when I first started Fink. It was wonderful to watch the footage again and to be reminded how we started out. 

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Talking to Strangers

Can you start a conversation with a stranger?

I am OK with this. I can do it but I used to feel a freak for starting random conversations with strangers, that was until I watched this Tedx Talk by Danny Harris. Read more

Talking About Healthy Friendships

Healthy Friendships

Today I was talking to Becky Goddard Hill about the launch of Healthy Friendships. This pack of conversation cards help children explore and talk about friendship difficulties.

Even though my children are older now I can still remember the distress that friendship problems caused. It can be a very difficult subject. In today’s #finkchat Becky explains how we can help our children develop the skills needed to develop good friendships. Read more

Co Parenting After Divorce with Sue Atkins

Co Parenting

Me and Sue Atkins jumped on Twitter today for an impromptu #finkchat to talk about the launch of Co Parenting After Divorce

It was great to speak to Sue, she is so generous with her time and has plenty of great resources on her web site.  Read more

Co Parenting After Divorce – NEW PRODUCT

Co Parenting After Divorce

This week we are launching a NEW pack of Conversation Cards

Co Parenting After Divorce will help divorced and separated parents

 

  • communicate more effectively
  • bring up children free from anger and resentment
  • put aside differences and focus on raising children to be happy, confident and resilient 

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