Stories

November 22, 2020 - Get To Know Loneliness

Sometimes you find something that makes perfect sense of how you’re feeling – and you find some relief in that …
 

 

 

See also The Dark Side of Social Media. Search ‘Kurzgesagt’ for more videos.

 

November 13, 2020 - The year that went STOP

November 11, 2020 - My Octopus Teacher

 

A surprising story of how an Octopus lifts a man from the depths of a mental struggle. To watch obligation free on Netflix, subscribe for a month’s free trial.  You can then opt to unsubscribe before the free trial expires.

November 10, 2020 - Dark Side of Social Media

 

A very important documentary. If you have children, consider watching it with them.  Lots of practical takeaways for your (and your children’s) security and mental health when using social media.  To watch obligation free on Netflix, you can subscribe for a month’s free trial, then opt to unsubscribe before the free trial expires.

November 4, 2020 - Stories Are Important

A reminder of how stories connect us to the world and ultimately, the power of kindness . . .

The story of Bambert – an impossibly small man with an enormous love for writing. Tucked away in his quiet attic, his only companions are the characters he has created in his stories.  And then one day, Bambert decides to set his stories free, to send them out into the world on little hot air balloons in the hope that they will find a home.  From Barking Gecko Theatre.

October 14, 2020 - Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing

 

 

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‘Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing’….

Reposting this article which was written in 2007 reflecting on a presentation I gave at CAYPAKS (Children and Young People and Key Stakeholders) Convention, and Eating Disorder Prevention and Treatment Conference (2008), titled ‘Why Have Our Children Stopped Dancing’.

Now, 13 years on, particularly in COVID times, it seems even more relevant …

Imagine…..what if we could wave a magic wand to help young people feel better about themselves what would that world look like?  Dr Who and his time machine, the Tardis, immediately came to mind.  I wondered whether I’d choose to travel into the future or past in search of a place that nurtured the growth of children?

With the good old days in mind, I ventured down memory lane . . . It was a time before automation, technology and mass media had stolen children’s creativity, curiosity and the opportunity for them to build a bank of experiences that develop character, strength and resilience—give life purpose and meaning.  A culture where the qualities of kindness, innovation, creativity, community involvement, authenticity, and a social and environmental conscience were considered as valuable, if not more so, as a university degree and a six figure salary.

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