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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  ( 

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

Healthy Friendships


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 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 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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Our Top 3 Christmas Gifts to Get the Family Talking

Conversation cards

The Best Thing About Christmas

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

Family Challenge with @TheQuirkyParent

family activity games

We have a new pack of cards – and this one is a little bit different!

It is not questions but a pack of activities for families! Today I talked to the author, Claire Potter aka @theQuirkyParent about the cards. In case you missed it you can catch up here! Read more

Talking About Down’s Syndrome

Down Syndrome Baby

Talking About Down’s Syndrome, Conversations for New Parents

This weeks #finkchat was with @downssideup

We had such an interesting #finkchat on Tuesday with Hayley Goleniowska from Downs Side Up

We talked about the importance of celebrating the arrival of babies and the shock that is often present when you first learn your baby has an extra chromosone. Read more

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