Mental Health & Wellbeing

Resilience, Independence, Confidence, Self-Esteem
How Can you Help Your Child?
A few ideas that we have tied into SHANARRI, the well-being indicators
• Walk to school alone
• Learn to swim
• Learn to ride a bike
• Fix something (puncture/sew on a button)
• Know how to keep themselves safe online
• Know some ways to relax when feeling stressed
• Survive a hard time and know it
• Falling out and making up with a friend
• Read ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ by Dr Seuss an excellent book to help explain that in life everyone has ‘ups and downs’ and we need to learn to cope with setbacks and become more resilient. It is suitable for all ages
• Ask someone for help
• Participate in a performance (on stage or behind scenes)
• Teach someone else something new
• Go on a residential/away from home
• Try a new hobby
o Work to develop a Growth Mindset (Carol Dweck, American Professor of Psychology: first coined the term fixed and growth mindset. Learners are encouraged to think about their brains as another muscle in their bodies which can be developed with perseverance and hard work. Through discussion, teaching, learning and using the language to develop growth mindsets, learners are motivated to try their best and they develop a love of learning and a resilience to persevere when things get tough )
o ‘I can’t do it YET’
• Take care of a pet
• Be a mentor/buddy to a younger peer
• Grow your own vegetables
• Shown kindness and compassion to someone
• Become a Bucket Filler
o Bucket filling is a concept that encompasses every positive character trait you want children to learn. Based on the book ‘How Full is Your Bucket’ for Kids by Tom Rath and ‘Have You Filled a Bucket Today?’ by Carol McLeod it is a simple, tangible way to explain the importance of empathy, kindness and compassion.

• Learn to leap frog or played street games
• Climb a tree
• Build a den
• Walk to the summit of a hill
• Walk to school
• Spoken in public/in school about an issue of importance or something they know about
• Written a letter of thanks to someone
o Research has found that ‘giving thanks’ benefits the giver as well as the receiver
• Practised active listening
• Been on the pupil council or other group
• Make amends with someone they have fallen out with
• Volunteer in the community
• Cook a meal for their family
• Engaged in a debate
• Completed a Make a Difference Challenge
o Encourage children to take part in a ‘Make a Difference’ challenge where they have to come up and implement one small change that could make a difference to the local area or wider community
• Planned and participated in a fundraising or enterprise event
• Helped an older person or neighbour
• Made someone else feel special
• Invited someone new to play with them
• Watched a sunrise/sunset/fireworks/special event with someone close to them