Mindfulness With True And The Rainbow Kingdom

[AD] These are challenging times for us all at the moment, and as adults we can rationalise things and try to put coping mechanisms in place for times when things all get a little to much.

Sadly for all the little ones going through this it can be even tougher, as it must be so hard to process everything that is going on around them. Their park trips have been cancelled, there is no more school and there is no contact with their family and friends and this must be such a challenge in their little minds.

One way we can try to ease this for them is to help them find ways to help them relax and focus their minds.

Frankie has actually suffered with anxiety for many years now, and one thing we have found to be a great help has been mindfulness; and during these times I think that the majority of children could benefit from practicing this.

Here are just a few ways mindfulness can help:

Builds Self Control – Mindfulness makes you pay attention to your body and especially breathing systems which we all take for granted. Tuning into these allows us control over over bodies which is a huge help when little ones are feeling overwhelmed.

Lowers Stress And Anxiety – We all know how much stress and anxiety can take a toll on our bodies and mindfulness can help to regulate blood pressure and lower heart rate.

• Increase Self-Esteem Mindfulness helps you to think about your emotions and open up to how they are making you feel which in turn builds your confidence and self-esteem.

With all these benefits you really couldn’t say no to giving it a try, but for me finding a way for little ones to practice this without them getting bored can sometimes be a challenge and this is where True And The Magic Kingdom is a fun and interactive way for them to learn these techniques.

Tiny Pop has brought True And The Magic Kingdom to our screens, a show produced by the world-renowned artist Pharrell Williams who worked closely with childhood development experts to integrate the concepts of mindfulness into the show.

True – the hero of the show encourages children to ‘ stop and take a breath’ when they are faced with uncertainty and change and shows them how to deal with things that they are not expecting.

The Rainbow Kingdom which is home to True is full of hustle and bustle and can be very overwhelming, so at the beginning and end of each show True visits the Wishing Tree which is a haven of love and warmth and demonstrates deep breathing exercises with the children without them really realising what they are practicing.

Each and every episode includes True’s friend – Zee, who encourages True to STOP, BREATH and THINK about her problems and organise them so they can be dealt with.

All of these tools that have been integrated into True And The Magic Kingdom to teach young children to stop and think before they act which as we all know isn’t an easy task, but being able to refer back to a favourite TV show to mimic these things is a fantastic way for children to practice these in everyday life and for me this is what is so fantastic about this show, especially with all the changes we are currently facing.

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Celebrating The Small Things:Week Forty Two

This weeks ‘celebrating the small things’ I am talking about new neighbours, Oscar and his alphabet and autumn leaves.

New Neighbours – Over the years it has been sad to see how much the whole community togetherness has diminished. Busy lives and people being so preoccupied with there own things has lead to families keeping themselves to themselves and neighbours can all to often be complete strangers.

Since moving I have been lucky enough to meet some wonderful, friendly and warm neighbours who even bought cake to welcome us the other day. It’s these little things that mean so much and have cemented the happiness we have felt about our move even more.

Oscar’s Alphabet – Oscar has always had a thirst for knowledge and since starting school this has been feed every day and it’s been an absolute you to listen to him recite his muddled version of the alphabet and get excited about his phonics rhymes.

I was so sad to see him start school but I’m certainly loving to watch him grow.

Autumn Leaves – I’m often asked what my favourite season is and to be honest I really don’t know. I love different things about each one and love that we get such stark differences in the UK, but one of my favourite things about this time of year is definitely the changing colours of the trees.

They may be an absolute pain in the backside to clean up but they are so beautiful while they last.

Celebrating The Small Things:Week Twenty Five

This week has been a real mixture of sentimentality, celebrating new challenges and making new friends.

17 Years Of School Runs – It was only the other day when I was taking the obligatory video of my feet for Instastories on the school run that I realised my little toes had been doing the school run for the past 17 years! There have been different schools, we have taken different paths but ultimately I have wracked up a fair few miles over the years and still have plenty more to go and I love it!

Facebook Live – This was actually a pretty big one for me but wanted to celebrate it as it was a big step in my confidence journey.

I was lucky enough to go along to Mumsnet Head Quarters in Kentish Town to film a Facebook Live to let everyone know about the Disney 24 Hour Challenge that I am taking part in.

Not only did I face my fear of the camera I also had the added pressure of it all going live which aside from a massively dry mouth and sweaty palms I got through. I had some help and encouragement from the lovely Franca from A Moment With Franca and Amie from Mumnet and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Oscar’s New Friends – When my older children started school it pretty was just that. There were no meet the teacher days or picnics to welcome the children and their families, we were all just thrown in at the deep end and had to deal with it.

Over the years this transition has become much more of an event and our lovely local softplay organised a meet up for children starting reception at our school. It was a great chance for the children to meet their new friends and the parents to meet over a coffee and of course a big boy of cake!

Celebrating The Small Things:Week Twenty Three

‘Celebrating The Small Things’ this week is taking us back to half term and finding small moments to be grateful for in a pretty amazing week!

Location, Location, Location – It will be no surprise to many of you that I have always had a strong want to live by the sea. The outdoorsy life, laid back feel and plenty for the children to do has always appealed to me, but no so much to my husband.
During half term I actually realised we are really lucky to live exactly where we do. We had a pretty hectic week of commuting into town as well as a trip to Brighton that for so many just wouldn’t be doable. So with this in mind I’m incredibly grateful we can be by the sea and central London in under an hour and have plentiful countryside right on our doorstep, so no more moaning from me…well for a while anyway!

Understanding Food Allergies – Allergies are not something that feature to much on here but are certainly something that affect us on a daily basis. Frankie is allergic to a whole host of foods and although it is something he is slowly learning to deal with there are always those occasions where its pretty hard going for him.
We attended the Num Noms Launch Party at the Good Housekeeping Institute where there was going to be pizza making going on and I had already pre warned him that he might not be able to take part in this section of the day. He was disheartened but still very much wanting to go along.
Looking at the ingredients when we arrived I could sence the disappointment that was going to set in until a lovely lady came over and asked what she could find that would make the pizzas suitable for him.
His face lit up and I was so grateful that he wouldn’t have to miss out as he doses on so many other occasions.

Keeping Friendships Alive – A while ago now my husband’s best friend and his family emigrated to New Zelend. This was a huge wrench for him as they had been good friends since school and we all had grown close as we got married and started families.
It was amazing to have them over and spend quality time together. It felt like yesterday as soon as we saw them and through the help of social media we have all been able to watch everyones adventures over the past few years, but there is nothing like actually getting together and spending precious time with special people.

Fun, Adventure And Camaraderie With Bottersnikes & Gumbles

With a family of children spanning a wide age range finding something on TV to engage them all is always somewhat of a challenge.

As with all children they have their own minds, likes and dislikes which can be an issue when we are all trying to sit down as a family.

We were lucky enough to have a sneak peak of the new series of Bottersnikes & Gumbles taken from the book The Adventures Of Bottersnikes & Gumbles  by S.A Wakefield that will hit on screens twice a day from the 5th Dec on the ever popular CBBC channel. You can tune in Monday-Friday at 7.10 and 3.35.

The show is aimed at the six to nine year old audience but the loveable characters, catchy tunes and easy to follow storylines had a two, four and even ten year old glued to the screen.

The stories are set in a wasteland filled with rubbish that is home to the Bottersnikes & Gumbles – two very different groups of friends that share the same qualities of loyalty and camaraderie to each other as friends whilst batting against each group.

The Gumbles are the cute and cuddly characters that have bundles of fun and get up to all kinds of wonderful adventures. 

They can even stretch and squash themselves into any shape to get themselves out of trouble.

The Bottersnikes on the other hand are not so pleasing on the eye! They are still full of fun and adventure and can cleverly morph into one creature to make them a bigger, stronger being.

I loved how this show was different to anything that I have seen for a while and spanned a big age range.

It teaches them the value of friendship and working together as a team and puts this message across in a fun and lighthearted way.

If you’ve not had a chance to catch an episode yet then tune in and let me know what you think.