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Can Bears and Meerkats be Friends?

07/03/2019 - Posted by Georgena

Maybe not in the wilds of nature. But in the wild world of our feelings many unexpected things can go together. Look inside on any typical day and you may notice a swirling mix of emotions and body signals. The limitations of language mean …Read more

Gender Equity in the Early Years: Why Is It Important?

22/11/2018 - Posted by Georgena

Creating gender equity plays a significant role in preventing violence against women and children. Early childhood educators have an important part to play in modelling equal and respectful relationships; through curriculum, learning environments and interactions with children. The early years are a critical time …Read more

Furious! Helping Children Manage Anger

22/11/2018 - Posted by Georgena

You’ve probably heard of fight, flight or freeze—the brain’s primal response to threat that floods our system with a cocktail of chemicals to help us react and keep safe. More recently ‘flop’ and ‘be-friend’ have been added to this list. Now, that’s a tidy …Read more

Body Signals®—Signposts for Feelings

26/10/2018 - Posted by Georgena

Our body signals are the gateway to recognising, interpreting and managing our feelings. That is why Body Intelligence (BQ) is such a fundamental aspect of developing Emotional Intelligence (EQ). There are times when each of us, no matter how skilled we may be, has …Read more

Body Signals®: Wisdom from Within

26/09/2018 - Posted by Georgena

Our body communicates its wisdom to us long before our conscious mind can get a word in.  That’s why body signals are sometimes called our ‘early warning signs’, and they are an important key to staying safe, and building social and emotional wellbeing. How …Read more

The Languages of Apology

04/05/2018 - Posted by Georgena

Have you ever said sorry to someone, and yet you know they have not experienced your apology as authentic? Somehow your sincere apology did not land. This may be more likely to happen when the offence is perceived as a grave one. But it …Read more

What’s different about the new edition of Reflexions?

09/04/2018 - Posted by Georgena

If you are a youth worker, counsellor, mentor, teacher, chaplain or welfare coordinator in a school, chances are you’ve come across the Reflexions cards somewhere along the line. You may even have a set kicking around in your tool bag of resources. A new …Read more

The Importance of Play

06/03/2018 - Posted by Georgena

  In Play Together Learn Together, an ebook launched at Broadmeadows Women’s Community House late last month, author Genine Clements writes passionately about the primary importance of play. ‘It is widely understood from decades of research and academia that a child learns through play,’ …Read more

C’mon, Mums and Dads—get your play groove on at home!

02/02/2018 - Posted by Georgena

Think back to when you were a young child. Can you remember playing with your parents, perhaps particularly with your mother? Or if you are a parent or grandparent now, do you play with a baby or pre-schooler in your family? Perhaps peekaboo behind …Read more

‘Reflexions’ hits the street with a brand new look

02/02/2018 - Posted by Georgena

Becoming an independent individual is a complex and sometimes difficult journey. Who am I? What am I feeling? What is important to me? What choices and changes do I want? Where am I at and where am I heading? Reflexions can help young people …Read more

Going Ahead in Tweaks and Bounds

24/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

Central to all models of life coaching is the belief that people have a capacity to change their own lives. This capacity can be diminished or constrained by many factors, both internal and external to the person. Change can come from many different places, …Read more

Reflexions – a Tool for Young People

24/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘The value of Reflexions is found in its ability to build … conversations in new and existing directions.’(Reflexions booklet, p8) Innovative Resources’ cards can act as ‘conversational prompts’. That is, when used in conversations with other people, they can suggest pathways of communication that …Read more

The Power of Symbols

01/05/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘We are surrounded by symbols. They are present in every facet of our existence. At a practical level, they point us in the right direction, they issue caution, they give us choices, and they limit our choices.     Symbols are necessary to navigate …Read more

Wellbeing in Schools

31/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

In March I had great pleasure in attending the inaugural Wellbeing Australia conference in Cairns. What made it special was the inspiration and passion shown by so many teachers and wellbeing officers towards the children—and extending further to the parents and the broader school …Read more

Building Strengths Cultures and Strengths Literacy

31/03/2017 - Posted by Georgena

‘Everyone benefits in cultures where their strengths are appreciated and noticed. Children, in particular, blossom when they are held in positive regard by the people around them.’  We are surrounded by many different cultures—not only the obvious cultural differences between countries and peoples—but also …Read more

Mates Traits – What makes a good friend?

01/09/2016 - Posted by Georgena

Most of us depend on our friends for lots of things and happiness is just one thing that goes hand-in-hand with friendships. But while friendships are a very important part of the lives of most of us, it is easy to take them for …Read more

Kids’ Skills: Converting problems into skills

01/09/2016 - Posted by Georgena

According to the Kids’ Skills method, issues confronting a child are best resolved by having the child learn a specific skill. This idea is based on the observation that when a child is faced with a problem, it is often due to the fact that there is some skill …Read more

Imagine

26/07/2016 - Posted by Georgena

Imagine 250 senior students sitting in circles, all fully engaged in an activity.  Imagine glue sticks, fragments of papers … and then writing, writing, telling bits of their own stories.  This has been my experience for the past ten years. The magic carpet ride …Read more