Little Stars Pre-School & Nursery
"Children’s Mental Health Week, such an important topic for us and following on from our training with Jodie and Sunny Kids Shine programme we used the feeling cards this week in a variety of ways. We read the emotion with the child, talked about when we have felt this emotion, talked about how it’s OK to have a feeling and how we might be able to deal with an emotion, if we didn’t like it! The children played snap game and really enjoyed looking at the cards. Such a simple yet powerful resource to introduce young children to emotions and teach them to talk about things. ‘Worried’ was a hard emotion for children to understand but talking about it with a grown up by giving simple examples helped the children understand this and normalise this emotion. Thanks Sunny Kids Shine for all your useful tips and advice too, it’s lovely to be part of such a supportive group. Mandy Young Owner of Little Stars Pre-School & Nursery - February 2020
Michelle from Bedford Open Door
"Sunny Kids Shine did a wonderful interactive mindfulness session with the children at our Festival in the Bell Tent - the children loved it - Jodie really does have a special connection with young people and I would highly recommend her - she made our mental health awareness event very special by bringing in the sunny side"
"Our second Empowerment Group session of the year took place this morning in collaboration with the wonderful Jodie Smart of Sunny Kids Shine. We were treated to expertise from Jodie which enabled us to understand mindfulness and consider techniques that we could use in our own daily routines to give ourselves high quality self care. We also enjoyed the practical activities that showed us how to focus on our senses."
Jodie is amazing and her wisdom has been really invaluable with providing strategies that I can use with my 7 year old daughter. We also love love love the Rainbow of Feelings cards which provided us with some brilliant dialogue around the fact that ALL feelings are valid! I’m so excited to see Jodie and Sunny Kids Shine just go from strength to strength! - Bea
Link between home and School
Our sessions with Jody were always really fun. She does have a special way to communicate with young children and was able to make my son smile in the most adverse situation. She has also gone the extra mile in supporting us as a family and at school. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! - Clara
Our six year old is autistic and during the lockdown they had started showing some unusually aggressive behaviour towards their younger sibling. We were also experiencing communication difficulties with them that had been going on for some time, in that they were finding it hard to tell us how they were feeling and we were struggling to talk to them about their behaviour in a way that they understood.
They were saying that they weren't a good child, that they were stupid and they didn't like or love themselves. I was worried about my youngest getting hurt, and worried about my eldest's self esteem suffering at such a young age.
I had also noticed that I had started shouting so much more because I didn't feel like I knew what I was doing or how to get my kids to listen to me, which I hated.
We all felt closer whilst we were doing the activities together and we all learnt a lot about ways to understand and handle your emotions. As a result of this, the aggressive behaviour has stopped. My eldest is also able to talk to us about their "cloudy feelings" and I think this is diffusing situations before they become as intense. Being able to name emotions is something that they have never been able to do in their life, so it's making a huge difference.
I had started to feel a disconnect with my eldest, when we had always been extremely close in the past. I don't feel that way any more. I think there were walls up between us because they understood that I was upset and angry, and this was making them feel like a bad child because they felt it was their fault. I was also afraid of upsetting them and provoking a meltdown or being pushed away, so we were just avoiding any talk of emotions.
I also feel as though we have some tools that we will be using again in the future when other situations arise. I feel more confident than I did before. I have also gone back to rarely shouting, which is much more like my natural parenting style, so I don't feel like a terrible mum as much of the time any more.
I had done a course with Jodie before so I had seen how passionate she is about children being heard and cared for in the right way and I knew I liked her teaching style and delivery. What surprised me in the family sessions that we had was how compassionate she was to us parents as well and how much of a difference what we did made to the way I felt too.
When this family first came to me, their daughter was experiencing difficulties with friendships, excessive worrying and negative thought patterns. Her parent's were exhausted as she was unable to be by herself, or go to sleep by herself and woke frequently throughout the night, with nightmares and fears. During our sessions I supported her to:
• Manage her thoughts and feelings surrounding her worries in healthy ways.
• Grow in confidence and self-esteem so that she felt more open and able to cope when faced with new challenges and situations
• Reduce associated feelings of anxiety so that she felt more relaxed and able to sleep.
After our sessions, she was able to go to bed and fall asleep by herself and slept through the night. She felt happy to be alone in a room and go to the toilet without needing company and was more able to manage conflict with friends improving her relationships..
"Jodie has been a phenomenal help to our family. She’s given us incredible, yet simple and fun tools to help my daughter deal with her anxious thoughts. My daughter has made progress in leaps and bounds over the last 6 weeks and we are very, very grateful! " Liz
"There has been such a turn around in D's behaviour over the past 6 weeks, both at home and in school. He is more open with this feelings and gets angry far less. Even when he is angry he calms down quicker. Home is a happier place, thank you!"
"We are starting to see M being able to control his feelings. It has given us a as a family, the methods we need to support him. We enjoyed all of the sessions and I as a a parent have learnt to start managing my own feelings around M and that spending more one on one time together helps a lot!"
"Jodie was always very empathetic, listened to our concerns and addressed them in a clear way. Our sessions with Jodie were always really fun. She does have a special way to communicate with children and was able to make my son smile in the most adverse situation! Thank you!"
"It has increased our awareness about behaviour/feelings making us more understanding. It encouraged us to make changes to our routine and gave us confidence in the way that we dealt with negative behaviour at it home. It bought us even more together as a family."
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