With the chaos of end of year upon us, its easy to be feeling a little overwhelmed right now. I am intravenously connected to my diary and my to-do lists just to make sure no one gets left anywhere and everything gets done. So GIVE LOTS OF HUGS to give your self and those around you a big shot of happy chemicals today, Oxytocin, known as the cuddle drug, releases a little bit of calm to counter our hectic run to the end of the year.
So thrilled to announce that Art of Resilience is partnering with #loftuscommunitycentre to bring new programs for kids, teens, parents and children and Seniors. We kick it off with holiday programs in January for kids and teens (there we are in the bottom corner)
Not a Bookclub for Seniors will provide a creative and fun way for Seniors to make new friends and engage with their community. It's so new we still are working on the booking page. Visit our website to express your interest. This program would make a great Christmas, birthday, fathers, mothers day or ANYTIME present for the special elder in your life. #Repost@loftuscommunitycentre (@get_repost)
Exciting! #loftuscommunitycentre taking Not for Profit and being a community hub to a whole new level in 2018!
Often we are kinder to others than ourselves. This week on the blog, I explore the challenge many of us have which is simply to be as kind to ourselves as we are to our friends. The act of practicing kindness and compassionately challenging our unhelpful self talk allows our mind and body to calm down and does wonders for our feelings of self worth. Click on the website link to get to the blog.
GIVE THE GIFT OF RESILIENCE "Creativity, problem solving and developing imagination is just as important (as literacy and numeracy) and our kids need it to solve the problems of the 21st century” Robyn Ewing – Professor of Teacher Education University of Sydney.
This Christmas give the gift that will equip your child with the resilience they need to bounce back from life's challenges. Art of Resilience has afterschool classes starting in February for kids at the @_artspacecollective in Scarborough and @loftuscommunitycentre
Also are running the very popular #mistakemaker course, a two day play and art program that teaches kids about helpful thinking to deal with mistakes. Visit the website in the profile for more information and to book.
At this time of the year there are more family gatherings. My kids can sometimes find it a bit confusing where everyone fits in the picture. Answer those questions about who Great Aunty Irene is by drawing a simple family tree. There is no right or wrong way, try starting with your family at the bottom and then draw two branch for grandparents, aunties, uncles, cousins. Don't worry about creating a masterpiece or making a mistake, use a whiteboard. Kids will also love getting involved.
I often use a really simple exercise to get kids to think about the concept of normal. I ask them all to raise their hand if they have a shower in the evening. A number put up their hands. I then ask who has a shower in the morning, some put up their hands. I then ask who has a shower in the morning and evening and one or two kids put up their hands. To which a number of other kids usually look in disbelief at this revelation. I then ask the kids "when is the normal time to have a shower?" Only a few kids tell me that there is no normal, it all depends on what you are used to, have experienced.
@perthtweens joined us for a morning full of fun at Santa's Magical Kingdom! The girls told Santa what they wanted for Christmas, wrote a letter with Mrs Claus, cuddled our Christmas Bear, decorated (& ate) a gingerbread man, made Christmas decorations, rode all the rides many times, met the Snow Fairy and more! Their highlight was the "fantastic Circus performance". You can join in all the festive fun too! Book your tickets on our website now, link in profile #SMKPerth#santasmagicalkingdomperth#perth#perthkids#crownperth