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Talking to your child about scary world news

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In this digital age, access to information is easier than ever before. While this has obvious educational and communicative benefits, the repercussions for an anxious mind can be quite serious, and particularly upsetting for children who may not appreciate the information as well as an adolescent or adult. Mental Health Foundation (UK) has put together a list of ten top tips to help you mediate ‘scary’ world news for children:

1. A news blackout is rarely helpful
2. Let them know the facts
3. Discourage overexposure
4. Let your children know they are safe
5. Let them know that it is normal to be concerned
6. Tailor the conversation to their age
7. Find the right time to talk about it
8. Leave lots of space for questions
9. Allow for repetition
10. Be as truthful as possible

Further detail about each of these tips can be found on the Mental Health Foundation article page: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/talking-to-your-children-scary-world-news.

The Living Link – Creating abilities from disabilities

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I recently visited The Living Link, a life- and work skills training centre for young adults (18 years to 35 years) who have a mild intellectual disability or mild learning challenges, to find out more about what they offer. I was thoroughly impressed by the enthusiasm of the staff and by the programmes on offer, such as the Adult Integration and Work Readiness programmes.

Their programmes provide the following for their trainees:

  • Promotes self-empowerment and guides each individual towards their potential;
  • Provides them with the tools to continuously develop themselves and become included within society;
  • Provides them with the knowledge, skills and support to be meaningfully employed in the open labour market and become contributing citizens.

The programmes at The Living Link act as a link/bridge for the young adults who are able and wanting to enter the open labour market, as it gives them the experience and understanding of what the workplace environment expects of its members. Through their Supportive Employment Model, The Living Link assists graduated trainees in obtaining and retaining employment in the open labour market.

For more information about their programmes, and the application process, take a look at their website: http://www.thelivinglink.co.za or contact Claire, on 0215321812.

Overcoming the fear of failiure

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In a post on Quora, Evan Asano, CEO of Mediakix.com offered a response to the question: “How can I overcome the fear of failiure?” 

His response included an anecdote from his time as a high school hockey player, and a particularly meaningful life lesson extracted from a coaching session. That day, the coach taught his students about pushing the limits of their comfort zone, about taking risks in pursuit of ‘failure’, for the sake of developing a ‘new normal’ and reframing their fear.

He summarises the lesson with the following steps towards overcoming fear:

  • Reframe failure
  • Understand your fear
  • Counter fear with confidence
  • Take action
  • Ignore the fear
  • Challenge the fear
  • Debunk fearlessness

For the full explanation of these points and Evan’s full response, click through to the original post:

https://www.quora.com/How-can-I-overcome-the-fear-of-failure-1/answer/Evan-Asano