Do you enrage or engage with your Teenager?

 

By the time you’ve finished reading this blog, which is based on a talk I present, I hope that you:

  • Will feel more confident in dealing with teenage challenges by understanding the science behind the tremendous changes in the adolescent brain.
  • Be able to engage rather than enrage
  • Can feel more connected with your teenager by seeing the whole person
  • Be able to see that  shifting our cultural perception that teenagers are a “nightmare” to a believing that adolescence is a stage of life not to “get over” or “endure”, but one to cultivate well.

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The Saving Grace of a Garden

Salvias are their own saving grace hence their name being very aptly derived from “salvere”, which is Latin for “to save” or “to heal”.

The Saving Grace of a Garden

Caroline Arnold in her TEDxTunbridgeWells presentation talks about her idea of the Saving grace of nature, the benefits of being outdoors and noticing nature for our wellbeing and mental health.  I love the bit where she suggests that we all make an effort in our lunchbreak to go outside, and hug a tree. Caroline runs a successful project in Sussex called Grow to Grow, where vulnerable young people who have dis-engaged from school can participate in growing and selling produce alongside receiving education in core subjects.

The effects of being outdoors have been well documented and evidenced for looking after ourselves and a powerful remedy for stress, anxiety and depression. Continue reading “The Saving Grace of a Garden”