And the Reason Is?

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“I’m fat mummy”.

Does that sound familiar? An eight year old recently said this to her mum – she thinks she is fat because her older brothers tease her. This little girl is a normal, healthy child but is worried about her young, innocent and perfectly beautiful pre-pubescent body.

We learn so much from elder siblings, and if we don’t have them, invariably someone else will. Influences both negative and positive spill out into the classroom, the playground and beyond and there is nothing we can do about it.

So how should we support a child and ensure they have a healthy, well adjusted body image?

At what point, if ever, do we decide that there is more beauty and aesthetic pleasure to be gained from our imperfections? To be perfect is impossible. Yet for many the acquisition of perfect is the quintessential conclusion we must all, surely, wish to achieve. Through our jobs, our homes, our bodies and our clothes.

How then can we teach children, and ourselves, that beauty comes from within and shines out from inside like a beckoning beacon.

For younger girls (say from 3-11yrs) this book; Beautiful Girl is simply perfect, written by Dr.Christiane Northrup, the essential element of the story is to introduce girls to their bodies, for them to understand they are beautiful just the way they are and for them to begin to discover the incredible gifts and magic that their bodies contain.

It might seem stupid and ridiculous to you but positive visualisation, a kind of easy meditation, is something you can do with children – it is so gorgeously simple and it is also a really wonderful thing to do together. Your are literally just telling them a story. Practice it in the classroom, at bedtime, sitting quietly under a tree or snuggled up on the sofa. It is a moment when a child or children can close their eyes and indulge in a short story told by you.

These visualisation techniques right here will give you the tools to begin to help your child regulate difficult emotions, fears or worries. These brilliant ideas from the Kids Relaxation team can help teachers and those working with large or small groups of children – especially using this: the Mind Pirates visualisation and game.

Give a child the tools to believe in themselves and give them a way to help them believe in themselves and help yourself and learn along the way.

Do you have a reason to believe in yourself?

Chillies – Worth The Pain?

Daily Prompt: Ring of Fire

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That rush of heat on your tongue, your throat and down into your belly; that pop of pleasurable pain – conducted like a wild chorus and enjoyed in equal quantities of greedy gratification and spine tingling torment.

Produce the fresh chillies, leave the seeds in and toss the heavenly hell with abandon over your fresh salad, your soup your chicken, fish and, why not, quite possibly all your gluttonous fodder. Buy them pickled, eat them fresh, crush them dried and slip into the enslavement.

The chilli easily enters your life and rarely leaves, the chilli addiction is subtle yet essential, and despite the, sometime, sorely felt ring of fire the next day – it is, in my book, well, well worth it.

Daily Prompt: Ring of Fire

 

 

 

Transform the way you communicate

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Social media – how can a business effectively use it? Social media is exactly what it says on the tin: social. So your foremost thought when you use it is: be social.

The more you sound like a healthy, well-adjusted human being the more trust you create, the more trust you create, the more brand loyalty you receive, the more brand loyalty you receive…yes, precisely: Bingo!

Many businesses believe that just by being on FaceBook, Twitter or Google+  they are automatically being social – and therefore the box is ticked. This is not the case – a carefully executed and planned social media strategy is crucial and your products and brand are your starting point to creating this.

First you must really try to understand your potential customer. What are their likes and dislikes, where do they like to hang out, what makes them tick? Create a picture of what your ideal and actual customer looks like.

When you have this information you can begin to create your perfect social media storm based upon where your customer will be and what he or she will be interested in.This helps you decipher what social media platforms they will be using. For many the obvious starting points include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest – all of these are viable and great platforms.

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Experiment with these mediums and find out which ones you get most response from. Concentrate on the few that give you the most feedback. Is is far more efficient to use one or two well than to use many badly – do not spread yourself too thinly. Focus on a few and get them looking and sounding great.

Talk to your customers, be social, DO NOT bombard them with sales chat – they will switch off – talk to them about what they are interested in. Show that you are also interested.

You have a golden opportunity here to ASK your customers questions, what do they want? What do they like – have a conversation – this is a two way street.

One of the primary marketing goals is for your social media activity to be responsive and engaging, your objective as a business is to participate with the online social community not shamelessly plug your brand or product. Behave as an authority in your industry and you will receive that essential element: trust.

Increase your presence, build healthy relationships and connect with more people this is the powerful opportunity that social media can offer you. Maintain consistency and authenticity and you can expand your influence – good luck!

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