14 May

#SATS Simple Daily Tools for Calm for the Family


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This week can be a stressful one for those with 7 and 11 year olds – SATS week. The schools can be gentle and supportive – but these are young children doing tests over a week!

So this video is to share some quick and simple tools you can implement into your day for the benefit of any child – and you as a parent too!

The video is 43 minutes long – but you can always stop, pause and restart using this link on the page.

The key element is to choose something to do and to show your child that you benefit from this process too. So if you are asking for them to put their electronics down – make sure you don’t have your phone on either!

Wishing you all calm

14 May

Recipes for Fun and Children – Bread Rolls

I thought I’d start doing a monthly recipe share – something that has worked well with my kids – both as an experience of doing and also with eating!

At the weekend I found a great little recipe which was simple and easy – and didn’t take too long to make. I must say they tasted sensational!

Bread Rolls Recipe:

250g strong white flour, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, 7g fast yeast, 150ml warm water

(poppy seeds etc can be added too)

oiled tray, 200 C fan, cling film or damp teacloth

  • First sift the salt and flour into a bowl.
  • Then add sugar and yeast (and poppy seeds if using).
  • Make a well and pour in water, mix together to form dough
  • Knead for 10 mins . stretching and folding the dough to make it feel less sticky and more elastic
  • Then divide into 4 or 6 rolls depending on how many you need, place on oiled tray and cover with cling film or damp cloth and place somewhere warm. Leave for 30 mins and will double in size
  • Remove cover and place in over for 10-15 mins until sound hollow when tapped on the bottom
  • Allow to cool and then enjoy 🙂

We had pulled pork in ours and they were delicious. Explain to your child that the bread has a different texture as it isn’t a light as a bought roll (had to do this with my children!)

Enjoy x

 

03 May

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Being a Mum to a sensitive child (or two+!) is exhausting. You are on an emotional rollercoaster but you are trying to be aware of the effect your emotions (expressed or not) are having on your child. Trying to remain calm, positive, focused and present – literally being the glue that is holding the family together on a daily basis.

I’ve been there and now have a range of support tools that I use, as do my clients, to support themselves so the ripples can flow out to the children and rest of the family. When you are in a clam positive and present place- this becomes the space your children are in too. It’s like a mirror – the more balanced you are the more balanced those in your family are. It’s a win win!

How about if we spent an hour together (zoom or facetime), came up with a range of tools that are quick, simple and easy to do every day to bring balance and create family calm. Plus you’d get copies of two books from the “Balance and Calm Toolkit” range – for Frazzled Mums and Create Family Calm – worth £16.98 and two rollerballs (depending on what you need this could be for you, child, sleep, grounding, calm, uplifting – worth £40).

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30 Jan

The Full Moon and Children


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Do you find your children go a bit emotional, loony or sensitive around the time of the full moon?

It’s not unusual. A few days before and for a couple of days after it can affect their emotions, behaviour and sleep patterns

In this video I share information around this subject and how you can support your children.

In the UK we have a full moon on 31st Jan, which is also a blood moon and a super moon and a blue moon! Plus an eclipse so the energy is beginning to affect us all already!

If the moon can effect the tides, the largest bodies of water, then why wouldn’t it affect us as humans, mainly made up of water.

08 Jan

A Different Way Forward for Family Calm for February

create family calm Sleeptalk program for £99

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Are you looking for a different way forward for family calm? To do things differently? Keeping it simple?

After a holiday there are always two issues – one is the thought of how to do things different or calmer in the next school holiday and the second is how to improve daily life to make it more balanced, calm and flow with positive ease.

Holidays are stressful, the Christmas one in particular – stress over what gifts, expectations, money, food, relatives, finance, how to fill the holidays and entertain the little ones. It’s almost a game of survival rather than  enjoyment sometimes.

What if you could do things differently – add one additional aspect to your family’s routine. In fact do one thing as your child sleeps to support their mindset and help resolve “issues” which affect them and the whole family.

Issues such as sibling rivalry, toddler tantrums, food/toilet issues, confidence, self-esteem, separation anxiety, sleep, anxiety/ worries and more…. SleepTalk(R) has been supporting children for over 30 years, following a tested script that you read to your child as they sleep. Making a positive impact on their mental, emotional and physical stability.

If your children played together and weren’t jealous, if they were able to go into school without crying or worrying about separation, if toddler tantrums reduced, if spectrum displays were reduced? How would that make you feel? Your child feel? What impact on your family?

Just for February I’m offering SleepTalk Program for £99, supported through a secret Facebook Group. You will access all the training videos and PDFs needed to get you started and I will support you through the journey.

You will have charts to measure where your child is now and the progress they make over the first 8 week.

Major positive changes are possible in 8 weeks, although longer term issues will take longer. The whole family benefits from the positive ripples of SleepTalk.

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Balance and Calm Toolkit for Frazzled Mums

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Balance and Calm Toolkit: 150 Quick, Simple Tips for Calm

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21 Dec

Top Things to do for Calm on Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve must be the hardest night for kids to go to sleep. So excited about the prospect of presents balanced with worried about what they will get or not get….

We have two extremes one child who loves all things exciting about Christmas – Elves, cards, crafts, stories, singing carols, school performances and the excitement of Christmas Eve.

We also have a child who finds it overwhelming, where the prospect of waiting is too much and wants to go to sleep for a week and wake up on Christmas morning, who made us send a playful elf back to Santa, who doesn’t like Santa in the house (and stocking has to be left outside his door).

Two extremes  – and balancing these very different needs takes a careful balancing act and compromises.

So I thought I’d share the Christmas Eve Tools from my book “Christmas Calm”:

There is a video on my Facebook page of the story massage. I like to add a drop of lavender to my hands to help calm and evoke feelings of sleep as I stroke their clothes.

Indoor Activity

 Letter to Santa

The time has come to write a note to Santa or Father Christmas for him when he brings the presents and you leave a drink/ snack for him and maybe Rudolph

  • This probably isn’t the time to write a list for him (got caught out with that before!!)
  • Maybe draw a picture
  • Maybe ask after the reindeer
  • Or draw a picture of you opening a present or eating food or going on a walk or sitting by the tree
  • Santa loves colourful pictures
  • Show some appreciation for him and his team J

Paper Crowns

  • Why not make and decorate some paper crowns or party hats for Christmas Day
  • Glitter, paint, coloured pens, felts, crayons, foil, wrappers of sweets or chocolate coins

Outdoor Activity

Reindeer Food

 

  • For the oats you need to use large oats not ones from “quick oats”
  • Mix a handful of porridge oats and teaspoon of glitter together
  • You could use different glitter colours for each child
  • Store in a bag or use immediately!
  • Then you can go outside and sprinkle the reindeer food in the garden so the reindeer can find your house with the sparkles and have a little snack with the oats J
  • Do your grandparents need some too?
  • (NB The RSPB have asked not to put glitter into the garden with the oats as it can be harmful for small birds and animals. They suggest putting it in a bowl by Santa’s letter)

Calm Activity

So today is a big one for sleep. Very excited children scared to be awake in case Santa doesn’t come. My kids have to go for a super long walk with Daddy (whilst I wrap presents and watch a movie!). Then we have lots of calming things to help bring their energy levels down.

Remember:

  • Use the lavender bedding spray
  • Cuddles reading books throughout the day to keep calm moments!
  • Breathing in blue for calm
  • Using “I am calm” as an affirmation (can you get away with “I am sleepy”?!)
  • Breathing in using the word calm or peace
  • Doing a special story massage
  • Mindful eating or drinking (talk about the sensations you feel)
  • My son’s tip is to leave your stocking outside your bedroom door, then you don’t worry about Santa coming into the room
  • My daughter’s tip is to have huge long cuddles with Mummy/Daddy and go for a loooonnnggg walk!

Story Massage

 

Christmas Eve

 

Stroke across the back and shoulders (from top to bottom) Tonight is Christmas Eve

 

Stroke from shoulders to lower back Time to snuggle down and rest
Stroke down the back and then gently pinch big toe (reflex point for “sleep”) Snuggle in the bedding from your nose to your toes

 

Stroke around eyes (as if wearing glasses) Rest your eyes
Stroke gently across the back Relax your body
Move hand up and down the back as the breathe in Take a few deep breathes
Hold shoulders Allow yourself to relax and be calm
Stroke down shoulders/arms Calm and relaxed
Stroke down shoulders/arms Calm and relaxed

 

Sunset Visualisation

  • Close your eyes and lie quietly and still, have a wriggle if you need to and relax.
  • Imagine you are sat on a beach in the early morning. No one else is around, just you and your Mum/Dad. All is quiet as everyone else has left the beach for the evening. The sun is drifting into the sea in front of you; the sky is changing colour. It goes from the vibrant blue of the day to a pale pink as the sun drops a little further.
  • You notice shapes in the colours that change colour – what creatures or shapes can you make out?
  • As the sun continues to drop lower into the sea, the pink changes to a deeper red, until the sky is glowing a deep red and the sun has changed from vibrant yellow to a deep orange.
  • The clouds are changing colour too: some are pink, others red and others orange, little gaps of blue are still visible. Slowly, the sun continues to dip into the sea until there is no more sun to be seen and the colours all fade into the darkness
  • Which was your favourite colour?
  • What shapes did you see in the clouds?
  • It’s time to leave the beach, so wiggle your toes and your fingers and open your eyes
  • Share your favourite colour
  • What shapes did you see in the clouds?

Gratitude Exercise

 

Don’t forget to spend a few minutes with your child and share something that you are grateful, glad about, enjoyed during that day.

 

Today I am grateful for….

Today I am glad about …

 

Enjoy your Christmas together x

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04 Dec

Day 4 of Advent – 4th December

Today is the 4th day of December. Is your tree up? Decorations? Have you got a tin of  chocolates and are they open yet! We’ve got through so many chocolate oranges so far – it’s the one chocolate that the whole family loves (unfortunately).

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03 Dec

Day 3 of Advent – 3rd December

Day 3 of December! Have your children eaten all the chocolate in the calendars? Ripped the toys out? Here are tips for today, 3rd day of December:

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Advent Countdown

DAY 3

Indoor Activity – Paper Chains

 Time to get some coloured paper or old/ cheap Christmas paper (not the one Santa will use). You could decorate white paper with shapes or Christmas images and use this (fully homemade!)

  • Cut into strips about 2cm wide and 20cm long
  • Then either use a glue stick or sticky tape and join the two ends together to make the first loop
  • Thread the next strip through the loop and join the two ends together to make a chain
  • Keep going until your chain is long enough for your needs (across the window, mantelpiece room, up the stairs)
  • Attach to the ceiling/wall/furniture as desired

  

Outdoor Activity – Pebble

  • Find a pebble and decorate with a Christmas theme or characters
  • Cover with a varnish to protect it (clear nail polish or glitter nail polish works well)
  • Write something on the back and then go for a walk and hide it somewhere for someone to find.
  • On Facebook there is a local site called #shropshirerocks (most counties have them) so if you write this hashtag on the rock you can see if someone finds it and where it’s re-hidden or goes on its own travel

  

Calm Activity – Story Massage

 

Today we’re going to do “twinkle, twinkle little star” as a back massage. This is a technique called story massage and simply involves linking hand movements on the back and the words of the story.

Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star

 

Do finger patting all over head, shoulders and back Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star
Place hands on shoulders How I wonder what you are
Draw a circle on the back Up above the world so high
Draw a diamond on the back Like a diamond in the sky
Finger patting  all over head, shoulders and back Twinkle, Twinkle Christmas Star
Hands on shoulders again How I wonder what you are

 

This is a lovely thing to do with your child. Think of baby massage, it’s such a fabulous bonding tools as the feel good hormone cortisol is released for both mother and child – the same happens in story massage.

Once you’ve done it with your child then they might like to give you a massage too.

Ask your child if they’d like a massage before you start. Below is an idea, but do what feels natural for you.

 

Gratitude Exercise

Don’t forget to spend a few minutes with your child and share something that you are grateful, glad about, enjoyed during that day.

 Today I am grateful for….

Today I am glad about …

 

You can buy the book from AMAZON for £9.50 (ir Kindle) with this link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Balance-Calm-Toolkit-Christmas-Countdown/dp/1979812683/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512389605&sr=8-1&keywords=romella+jones

02 Dec

Day 2 of Advent – December 2nd

Here we are on day two – here is the daily information on

Advent Countdown

DAY TWO

Indoor Activity – Letter Santa

  • Letters have to be with Santa by the 8th Of December in order to get a free reply
  • Make sure your address and child’s name is clearly written.
  • Ensure address is clear on envelope and stamped
  • Remember to post the letter so it arrives before the 8th December
  • You will receive a free reply from the man himself

 

 

Address:

Santa/Father Christmas

Santa’s Grotto

Reindeerland

XM4 5HQ

 

Outdoor Activity – Bird Feeder

  • To make a cardboard bird feeder, cut a star out of corrugated cardboard
  • Make a hole and thread a ribbon to hang it from
  • Spread it with peanut butter and then sprinkle bird seeds over it
  • Hang in the garden for the birds to enjoy
  • You could pre-cut extra cardboard stars so they are quick to make and hang each day

 

Calm Activity – First Star Visualisation

 Close your eyes and lie comfortably, snuggle with a blanket to stay cosy. Imagine you are lying in the garden looking up at the sky. It’s beginning to go darker as the sun starts to set for the night. You are looking for the first star of the night so you can make a wish.

 

  • You notice the moon starting to come out, the light blue of the day changing to a deep indigo blue. You notice a twinkle up above you. Was that the first star? You scan across the skyline once more and are drawn to a slight twinkle. As you look at it, you realise that this is indeed the first star. As you watch the sparkle grow to be a bright white light, you make your wish. Say it to yourself now – as when you see the first star in the sky you can always make a wish. You look back up at the sky and notice other stars are beginning to appear now. You saw the first and made your wish.

 

  • Wiggle your toes, stretch your legs and wiggle your fingers. Then when you are ready open your eyes. I wonder if your wish will come true.

 

Gratitude Exercise

Each day spend a few minutes with your child and share something that you are grateful, glad about, enjoyed during that day. Try and share 3 things each. It can be cuddles, activity, food and more. Simple things are perfect – doesn’t have to be seeing Santa or buying a present.

 

Today I am grateful for….

Today I am glad about …

 

You can buy the book from AMAZON for £9.50 (ir Kindle) with this link

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Balance-Calm-Toolkit-Christmas-Countdown/dp/1979812683/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1512389605&sr=8-1&keywords=romella+jones

 

01 Dec

1st Day of Advent – Tips for Calm

If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know I’ve written a book called “Balance and Calm Toolkit for Christmas Calm”.

So I thought I’d share day 1 for you – in case your book hasn’t been delivered 🙂

Advent Countdown Day 1

 

 

Indoor Activity

 

Baking and Decorating Cookies

 

This is a quick recipe to make biscuits which can be decorated with either icing tubes or plain water icing with sprinkles. Let your little one help with weighing and tickling the butter into the flour

 

Measure out with your little one:

 

Fridge Cookies: makes approx. 50

 

–  250g plain flour

–  1 teaspoon baking powder

–  125g butter (cut into small cubes)

–  175g caster sugar

–  1 beaten egg

–  1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

 

  • Sift flour with the baking powder in to a bowl.
  • Then rub the butter into the flour/ baking powder, so it looks like breadcrumbs
  • Add in sugar
  • Add in beaten egg with vanilla extract. Then mix to a smooth dough
  • Make the dough into a cylinder shape and wrap in cling film or foil.
  • Chill for 6-8 hours
  • Lightly grease baking sheets
  • Slice into thin discs and bake in a preheated oven at 170°C fan for 10-12 minutes, until golden
  • Cover the dough and store in fridge for another day’s baking

 

When cool you can decorate the biscuits – snowflakes, snowmen, Christmas pudding or presents or anything you love!

 

 

Outdoor Activity

 

Go for a Walk

 

Go for a walk where you can have several options:

 

  • Look for a branchy stick that you could hang homemade decorations on (even spray/paint gold or white)
  • Look for pinecones for another project later in the advent coutdown
  • Create a “can you spot” list before you go for each person to tick off (e.g. fir tree, school road signs, stop sign, bird, robin, dog, cat, bobble hat, person wearing glove). Add in anything you know is likely to be seen.

 

 

Calm Activity

 

Stories

 

  • Collect all your favourite story books and get a blanket for everyone
  • Get all of your Christmas stories (or movies) in one place so you can read them together. Create a story corner in the room or on the sofa
  • Sit and snuggle and read together
  • Maybe have one of the biscuits you decorated earlier J

 

Calm Activity

 

Visualisation

 

  • Have a good shake of your body, arms and legs whilst standing up.
  • Jump up and down to release any surplus energy
  • Lie down together on your back (so they can copy you)
  • Use a blanket if you want to, to be super warm and cosy
  • Wiggle fingers and toes
  • Take a deep breath in and out to relax. Notice how your tummy rises and falls with each breath
  • Close your eyes and imagine the bed/sofa you are lying on is hot toast and you are butter
  • Imagine that you are melting into the bed/sofa as you relax
  • Can you feel your legs melting and your back becoming part of the bed/sofa?
  • Feel the warmth of the toast warming your head and neck and arms, as they relax more and more
  • When you are ready open eyes and wiggle your fingers, toes and nose
  • How did your body feel? Nice and warm and relaxed?

 

 

Gratitude Exercise

 

Each day spend a few minutes with your child and share something that you are grateful, glad about, enjoyed during that day. Try and share 3 things each. It can be cuddles, activity, food and more. Simple things are perfect – doesn’t have to be seeing Santa or buying a present.

 

Today I am grateful for….

Today I am glad about …

 

 

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