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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

One Page Profiles for People Living with Dementia

One Page Profiles Dementia

Such a warm and wonderful conversation with Gill Bailey from HSA UK today. We talked about onepageprofiles, personalisedcare and dementia

If you missed it you can catch up here 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

Healthy Habits with @LukeJonesHERO

healthy habits

This weeks #finkchat is with Luke Jones, our healthy habits author, discussing stress, micro habits and his cards!

Healthy Habits -who are the cards for and how can they be used?

The cards usually work best over several sessions consisting of two to three questions. Using them all at once can lead to information-overload.

Remember to relax and have fun! There are no right or wrong answers. The deck is simply a tool to help you explore ideas and get you thinking about eating, moving and living healthily.

The cards are versatile and can be useful in various environments, including:

With Families
The cards are a great way to get families thinking about healthy living. You could set time aside once a week to discuss a couple of the questions, ensuring that everyone gets a turn and has their voice heard in the discussion.

With Schools
The cards can also be used as discussion point in schools to help raise awareness of healthy living. This could involve classroom debates, group discussions, presentations and even written assignments.
With Individuals
The cards can also be used with individuals to help them explore their own habits, or in consultations with students/children/clients to further their understanding of healthy living.

For additional resources and a free starter guide to forming healthy habits, head on over to Hero Health Room or visit the Fink Shop

Reading Matters

Delighted to have our #finkchat this week with Reading Matters.

Reading Matters is a UK charity who improve reading skills. They have a vision of the future in which all children and young people have the reading skills and confidence they need to get the most out of life. Their mission is to help them to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers by provide literacy support training to adults, young people, children, educational professionals and parents and carers, Reading Matters manage networks of volunteer Reading Mentors and Reading Leaders in schools and other settings.

Reading Matters has created a pack that has everything you need to create hours of fun and interesting conversation and is ideal for Families, Teachers, Support Assistants and Youth Workers. You can find more about the cards here!

Conversation Cards for TeachersThis edition of Fink Cards contains conversation cards with a literacy twist.

Reading is important because words – spoken and written – are the building blocks of life. Reading develops our minds, our creativity and imagination and is how we gather new ideas and insights,gaining the knowledge and power to make our own decisions. Through reading we can go anywhere in the world and be whoever we want to be; the possibilities are endless. 

This pack has everything you need to create hours of fun and interesting conversation and is ideal for Families, Teachers, Support Assistants and Youth Workers.

Written by Reading Matters, a UK charity who improve reading skills. They have a vision of the future in which all children and young people have the reading skills and confidence they need to get the most out of life. Their mission is to help them to reach their potential by becoming confident and enthusiastic readers by provide literacy support training to adults, young people, children, educational professionals and parents and carers.

Reading Matters manage networks of volunteer Reading Mentors and Reading Leaders in schools and other settings.

#finkchat with Hayley Goleniowska @DownsSideUP

Downs Syndrome

Our #finkchat this week was with Hayley Goleniowska, author of Talking About Down’s Syndrome, Conversations for New Parents.  As always the conversation was rich and varied and if you missed it you can see the full conversation with Hayley below.

Down’s syndrome, or Trisomy 21, is the most common chromosomal condition that occurs naturally in around 1 in every 1,000 births. There are more than 4 million people with Down’s syndrome around the world. Around two babies with Down’s syndrome are born each day here in the UK.

There are many outdated stereotypes that surround Down’s syndrome, this pack is designed to help new parents cut through that to find the early years support they need to get their baby off to a great start in life.

48 conversation cards to help new parents

  • separate the facts from the myths about Down’s syndrome
  • talk through feelings and concerns after a new diagnosis of Down’s syndrome 
  • get the early support and intervention they need as a family

These cards are divided into four sections and will encourage conversations about 

  • Your Baby – getting to know your baby, forming a secure bond with them and thinking about how to celebrate their arrival.
  • Diagnosis and Health – explore your emotions surrounding their diagnosis and any health issues they might have, whilst strengthening links with your child’s medical team.
  • Support – cut through the myths and get the early years support you need.
  • Life & Relationships –  conversations about the important relationships in your life, including your partner, your children, your family and your friends. This time of adjustment can make you reassess your relationships and the priorities you have in life.

This pack will set you on the right track, whilst sorting fact from myth, so that you can enjoy family life to the full.

They are perfect for new parents, you can talk through one question at a time together, or choose important topics to discuss at an appointment.

Advance Care Planning #finkchat

We had the lovely Michelle from HSA and Sarah from Learn Hospice on our #finkchat this week, talking about Advance Care Planning.

Are #finkchat was about our cards when we sometimes don’t know how to begin the conversations or don’t know what to discuss about end of life care.

End of life can mean the next few years, months, or weeks of life when you have an incurable illness. Thinking, discussing and writing down (advance care planning) can help you and others by being able to share what matters to you; such as how you like to live your life now and what decisions you have about future care or treatments. More on the cards here!

#finkchat with Luke Jones talking about Healthy Habits

Finkcards #finkchat with Luke Jones Healthy Habits

It should come as no surprise that this weeks chat’s are with Luke Jones discussing his soon to be released Healthy Habits cards. If you missed it here’s a our blog post announcing Luke’s upcoming Healthy Habits cards.

In our #finkchat this week we asked Luke some more questions about creating Healthy Habits and how he stays motivated and accountable and also what inspires him.

Joins us on Thursday at 7pm where we’ll continue our Q&A with Luke Jones on our Facebook page.

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