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In recent months, we have coached a number of teenage girls in schools and women in business about how to grow their self-confidence. One common theme that resonated from these sessions despite age is the desperate need to be perfect. And it starts young.  What is perfectionism? Recent research by Girlguiding UK  found that a […]

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The power of positive language  One of our most popular Facebook posts of 2018 was about changing negative words into positive. It’s a skill we should all learn, not just for how we communicate with others, but also how we talk to ourselves. Children are often heard berating themselves when they are struggling. Comments like […]

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Wondering how to keep your child safe online?  Help them develop digital resilience. Parenting in this digital age can seem overwhelming especially as technological development seems to be moving so fast. How do we know if we are doing the right thing? Is my child too young to have a smart phone? How much screen time […]

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Are you worried that your child is addicted to video games? Across the country, parents and teachers are becoming increasingly concerned that children are becoming addicted to video games such as Fortnite and it’s affecting their concentration and behaviour. Sadly this week, a nine-year-old girl was admitted into rehab after becoming so addicted to Fortnite, […]

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Exam time is almost upon us. Whatever our age, did you know that practicing mindfulness offers a number of benefits to help us work at our full potential. With regular meditation, a good night’s sleep and eating the right food, we are better equipped to tackle stress and anxiety as well as boost our concentration […]

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Why is teacher stress on the rise? When we first started Universal Mindfulness, our focus was primarily on children, helping them to develop confidence, self-esteem and resilience as well as teaching them ways to cope with anxiety and stress. However, we quickly realised that we needed a three-pronged approach to truly support children’s mental health, […]

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Last week in secondary schools, we talked to teenagers about why sleep is important for their brain development.  Many of them admitted that they struggle to get to sleep, so they lie in bed talking to friends on devices, playing computer games or watching TV. Many feel that they find it difficult to relax at […]

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This week in secondary schools our topic is ‘bullying – both online and off-line’. Bullying is week 6 of our schools curriculum and this term it has coincidentally fallen into anti-bullying week. What is bullying? When we ask teenagers ‘What is bullying?’, these are some of their responses:- -being called names -being teased or laughed […]

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Is your child worried about starting school? As the new school year begins after six weeks of fun with family and friends, it can be an unsettling time for children. Many will experience feelings of apprehension and worry about what the new term will bring. There may be concern about friendship groups or being able to […]

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self belief, negative self talk

Building your child’s self-belief  I recently spent time with a lovely group of Year 6 children (aged 11-12) on a school residential to an activities centre. As with every school group, there was a mixture of athletic abilities but there was one girl that caught my attention due to her severe lack of self-belief. “I […]

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