By the time my first daughter was born I was already unfolding on my journey to self discovery and love. I had started to enjoy life and appreciate the small things, I had lost the weight that I was hiding behind and had started to feel beautiful for the first time.
My family and friends wondered at me as I consumed book after book, buying them and taking my daughters to the library taking out every self esteem and happy child book I could get my hands on, voraciously reading and taking notes. I wanted to do things right! Haha, as any parent knows this is a crazy notion, each child is a precious gift, all different, and we are here to guide them never able to be the perfect parent.
This really is the premise of my first book, Nourish your teens mind, body and soul.
Whether you are a parent, a guardian, Aunty, Uncle, godparent or a teenager yourself. To be the ‘best you can be’ takes an acceptance of embracing your imperfections.
Everything I have learned from my own children, the young people I teach as well as a myriad of research on mental health, the teenage brain and nutrition is contained in the book. My hope is that you can consult the book at many stages of your child’s development into adulthood for advice and tips, and also remind yourself that you are doing a wonderful job already.
3 children in every classroom have a mental health problem. The statistics are staggering and when you consider the majority of mental health problems are established by the age of 14 years, there is work to be done. In schools, it is suggested that out of an average classroom of 30 15 year old pupils, 3 could have a mental disorder, 7 are likely to have been bullied, 6 may be self harming and at least 10 would have been through a traumatic event such as a parental breakup or the death of a loved one. I have witnessed all of the above and ‘Nourishing’ our teens with healthy foods and a toolbox of healthy strategies are keys to supporting positive mental health. The book explains the teenage brain pruning process, which is a major contributor to misreading facial signals and poor decision making and I have to say for me explained a lot!
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