Coloma Family Well-being
This page is dedicated to providing you with information, videos, links and strategies that you can use to support the wellbeing of your daughter and in turn your whole family. Your daughter will also have access to her own Google Classroom geared towards her Key Stage.
It is also a way of remaining connected during this time of distancing. Community is one of the most important elements to support wellbeing and positive mental health. As we cannot meet in person, this classroom will be one way of maintaining contact and support.
Tuesday 7th April
The Easter holidays are upon us although they feel very different to usual! You might find that there is a lot more cooking going on at home compared to usual with many of us used to eating one or even two of our daily meals at school or work.
For those of us lacking inspiration, Croydon have put together a handy selection of MEAL IDEAS that are both healthy and budget conscious. Your daughter could get involved with meal preparation and planning as can be both a fun and educational activity! It is also a good way to detach from screens for a period of time.
We are aware that some of our families may be struggling financially so please contact your key stage co-ordinator if the financial impact of the virus is affecting the ability to feed the family.
Friday 3rd April
Having a strengths perspective
We are now in week 2 of the ‘Lock down’ – home learning,working from home and generally all being in the same space 24/7. For some, the feeling of having to ‘be everything’ for their children (parent, teacher, coach, entertainer etc) or of having ‘do it all’ – work like you don’t have children and parent like you don’t have work – alongside the pressure of – ‘wow, all this time at home, all the things you could achieve’ idea could very quickly lead to frustration, disappointment and tension.
It is human nature to scrutinise our weaknesses or what we are not achieving and then magnify them. However, it is not helpful and can lead to a downward spiral in the way we view ourselves, talk to ourselves and the language we use when interacting with those around us.
An example – Before I had my son I had very grandiose ideas about the type of parent I would be, an earth mother who made all food from scratch, I would bake with him, I would create fabulous sensory based activities each evening that he could wake up to each morning….and so it goes on! Needless to say this is not the reality. I was not a baker or much of a cook before I had my son and neither was I a creative Early Years teacher. Dwelling on the kind of parent that I am not, or ruminating on my perceived weaknesses and the activities we do not to does not actually get anywhere. I would see only the things I was not. This would not bode well for my wellbeing or my relationships and interactions with others.
So back to reality….having a strengths perspective means knowing what you are good at and what you love doing and brings you joy. Keeping those things in mind will help you to be successful in the challenges ahead, experience positive emotions, connect successfully with those around and boost wellbeing. I may not be the mother who bakes but I am someone who loves stories, dancing and chatting. I am someone who is good at listening without judgement. Therefore, I choose to focus on what I can do and what I am good at to create positive experiences with my family members or others around me.
You may feel that you are patient, or have good perspective, can use humour, are creative, good at motivating. Whatever your strengths or passions, focus on what you ARE and what you CAN do. Think about how you can use them in this current situation. Use them to engage your daughter/children in staying on track with their own health, wellbeing and education. Role model a focus on strengths by talking about what others in the house are good at. Label other people’s strengths so that they can start to shift their focus onto what they CAN do and the person that they ARE.
Link to Strengths based parenting – greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/how_to_be_a_strength_based_parent
Tuesday 31st March
We have created a new page on the website called Develop your Cultural Capital linked here which we hope will inspire you to engage in arts, culture, museums, global exploration and online learning about almost anything! We hope you can find time to take up some free opportunities being made available during #Stayathome. Below is a newly arrived offer for free Yoga for teenagers
TeenYogFoundation is offering a free class for teens everyday #zenchallenge. There are teachers offering daily yoga, wellbeing tips and a challenge. It is suitable for 11-21 year olds. This is the link to the channel.
Wednesday 25th March
Claire Harrison writes
A suggestion for today…..Try using music to support the wellbeing and moods of everyone at home.
Music has a profound impact on how we feel. We are exposed to music or sound most of the day and often do not even notice it – in TV programmes, on the radio, people talking (tone/volume).
With several people in the house together all day every day it is no doubt going to get tense at times. Use music as a way of shifting or lifting the atmosphere.
Try listening to a playlist that will keep everyone relaxed. If you have Spotify, Youtube or Amazon Music you can type in ‘Relaxing morning music’ and lots of options will pop up. Put it on a low level as a background sound.
Alternatively. music with a strong beat and uplifting lyrics to boost the mood. One of my favourites at the moment is the ‘Mood Booster’ playlist on Spotify.