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).
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.
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.
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.
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
Probably the best thing about Christmas is getting the whole family together. But with the lure of new games consoles or TV specials, the opportunity to spend this precious family time actually talking is being eroded. Here at Fink Cards, we have the solution to this problem – buying one of our great Conversation Card sets as a gift for your loved ones will get the words flowing after you have eaten your turkey, and on many occasions to come too!
Here are our top three recommendations for Christmas gifts that will place family back at the heart of the day.Read more
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