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At Home with Weaving Well-Being: Introduction for ParentsDuring challenging times, it’s more important than ever to look after your child’s well-being. To help parents tohelp their children, Outside the Box has produced a FREE activity journal (At Home with Weaving Well-Being)to help children to enhance their mental well-being through a range of activities. It’s probably most suitable forchildren aged 8 to 12 tears old but can certainly be adapted for younger or older children. It was released as aresponse to the current crisis and has been distributed in other English speaking countries, including Australia.You can download it and print it out for your child/children or, if you don’t have access to a printer, your child canget the activity idea from the screen and do it on a blank sheet of paper.Most of the topics in the FREE journal, such as positivity, gratitude, kindness, bravery, creativity and self-kindness,are drawn from the field of Positive Psychology, which is the science of well-being. There are also activities basedon dealing with worries and coping with change.The journal is based on Weaving Well-Being – an SPHE programme which your child may be already doing intheir school. Even if your child has no experience of Weaving Well-Being, they will still be able to use this as astand-alone journal. Your child can work through the pages at their own pace, or alternatively, if the journal isbeing used as part of school-based learning, their teacher can set activities for them to do from time to time.The journal aims to give children a chance to reflect and express themselves, gradually building into a highlypersonal portfolio reflecting unique aspects of their mental well-being. Once complete, they may enjoy lookingover it again from time to time, especially whenever they need a well-being boost!As a parent, you can use this journal to open up an important channel of communication with your child. Taketime to discuss the various activities while they are completing them and perhaps even join in and try some ofthem on yourself!The journal was compiled by Fiona Forman, co-author of the Weaving Well-Being programme (written by FionaForman & Mick Rock).USEFUL LINKS:Websites formanwellbeing.comwww.otb.ie/W4WTwitter –@FionaWellBeingFacebook – @weavingwellbeing / @fionawellbeingInstagram –@fionaformanwellbeingYou can find more information about the authors’ programmes by following the links below:Weaving Well-Being Homepage: www.otb.ie/WWBWired for Well-Being Homepage: www.otb.ie/W4WTEACHERS – For distant learning or just to see what the teacher programmes are like, you can try out six freelesson plans, one from each of the five levels of Weaving Well-Being and one from the first level of the secondaryschool follow-up programme Wired for Well-Being by clicking these links:Weaving Well-Being Lesson Plans: www.otb.ie/weaving-well-being-lesson-plans-2/Wired for Well-Being Lesson Plan – Savour your Sleep: There is also a 15-hour online Weaving Well-Being course. This (and the other OTB online courses) is beingoffered at half price during the current crisis. The online discount code is HALFPRICE2 and the link is:www.otblearning.iePARENTS – To further support your child with worries, check out Fiona’s article Ideas for Supporting an AnxiousChild at the following link: www.otb.ie/supporting-anxious-childMINDFULNESS – There are some great Mindfulness scripts and Guided Meditations to try with your child/childrenfreely available on our website: uided-meditations/SUGGESTED FURTHER READING –Self-Kindness for KidsHelpful Handbooks for Parents, Carers and ProfessionalsOUTSIDEthe BOXLEARNING RESOURCESISBN: 978-1-913225-40-7 2020 Outside The Box Learning Resources Ltd.

Hopefully you will enjoy all of the activities in this Well-Being Journal. If youhave used Weaving Well-Being in your school, you may have seen some of theseactivities before, but there are lots of new ones here for you to try! Either way,have fun using your creativity to complete this journal at home to help yourselfto feel positive, strong and happy! Do them in any order that you like!RememberWell-being means feeling good and strong in our minds andbodies, having energy, getting along with and helping others, knowing ourstrengths and feeling proud because we are doing our best. It means wecan cope with the little problems and disappointments of life. It meansenjoying life, being grateful for what we have and accepting ourselvesjust as we are!Think of all the things you enjoy doing and which help you to feel happy.Then draw two pictures of these in the frames below:At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected1

We can help ourselves to feel good by remembering many of the happy times inour lives! Think about four of your happiest times and draw a picture of themhere. Write a sentence about each one too if you can. They are sure to makeyou smile and don’t forget to talk about them with your family too!2At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

Complete each of the sentences about all the things that make you have/feelpositive emotions. Make sure that you do some of these every day! Then decoratethe frame around it!I feel calm when.I feel proud when.I feel grateful when.I feel amazed when.I feel interested when.At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected3

Complete each of the sentences about all the things that make you have/feelpositive emotions. Make sure that you do some of these every day! Then decoratethe frame around it!I feel inspired when.I feel loved when.I feel joy when.I feel like laughing when .4At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

Think about what well-being means to you – read over page 1 to give you someideas! Now write your own acrostic poem on well-being.At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected5

If you did the Weaving Well-Being programme, you might remember thatRainbow Moments are all of those little moments during the day when goodthings happen. Maybe you played a fun game, watched a funny movie, createdsomething interesting, had a nice lunch or dinner, noticed something beautiful innature – there are lots of good things all around us, even at difficult times inour lives. We need to train our minds to notice the good things – our minds arealready too good at noticing the bad stuff!Write down three Rainbow Moments for the last 24hours in the rainbow below. Try to do this every dayfor a least a week so that you get into the habitof noticing the good things! You can write theseactivities, for the next five days on the followingpage.6At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

DAY 11.2.3.DAY 21.2.3.DAY 31.2.3.DAY 41.2.3.DAY 51.2.3.At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected7

Kind Mind!Did you know that we are sometimes very mean to ourselves? We often say thingsto ourselves that we would never say to anyone else, especially if we haven’tdone well at something or if we are worried about something. Maybe you’ve saidthings like ‘I’m so stupid’ or ‘Why am I not as good as -------’. This is verybad for our well-being as it can make us feel bad about ourselves? We need tosay kinder things to ourselves instead! Here are some kind things that we cansay to ourselves:Why not try the Weaving Well-Being Rap: www.otb.ie/wwb-rap8At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

Now draw a ‘Kind Mind’ selfie on the mobile phone below and write some of thephrases from page 8 all around it, or make up some of your own!At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected9

Kindness makes the world a brighter and better place! We can light up the worldwith kindness every day by trying to do three kind things for others every day!Try it for a week and see what happens!Here are some ideas for kind things you can do.Write your own ideas in the rest of the light bulbs!10At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

Keep track of your Acts of Kindness here! You should feel so proud of yourselfif you complete the challenge by doing three kind deedsevery day for a week!Colour in a lightbulb each time you do a kind deedand see how your kindness lights up the world!Try to colour all 15 lightbulbs over 5 days!DAY 11.2.3.DAY 21.2.3.DAY 31.2.3.DAY 41.2.3.DAY 51.2.3.At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected11

Having fun and using your imagination can really help your well-being! So use yourcreativity now to design some totally new creatures, based on combining two orthree other animals. Draw them in the box below and don’t forget to name them,based on the animals you combined! For example, the Sleebra below is a mixtureof a lion, a zebra and a snake! Think of other ways to use your creativity andimagination today!12At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

If you’re a kid who worries a lot about things, you’re not alone! Lots of kidsworry – it means that our brains are trying to help us to prepare for things thatmight (or might not!) happen in the future! We need to have ways to deal withour worries so that they don’t take up too much of our time and stop us fromenjoying life!At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected13

Write down two of your worries in the thought bubbles. Then, underneath them,write down some ways to help you deal with them.Use the ideas on page 13 or maybesome of your own!14At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

We can help our bodies and minds to feel calm and relaxedby doing Rainbow Breathing any time we need to! Try itnow. You might like to relax by lying on the floor, but youcan do it sitting or standing either. Close your eyes. Nowbreathe in deeply and imagine lots of beautiful red lightsurrounding you, filling up your lungs and going right downinto your toes. Now breathe out slowly and send this beautiful bright red lightfrom your lungs, letting it take all of your worries away with it. Do the same witheach of the other colours of the rainbow – orange, yellow, green, blue, indigoand violet. Imagine your body becoming soft, warm and relaxed as you do this.Repeat this a few times until youstart to feel relaxedand calm.Decorate thishead with wordsand pictures todo with feelingrelaxedand positive.At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected15

When there is a lot of change all around us, we can feel upset and worried.Change can be hard. We often want things to stay the same because that makesus feel safe. We need to remember that change is part of life and that we havecoped with it before! We can’t stop things changing, but we can learn to cope –we can be brave, even if we are afraid!Now think back on times when you coped well with a change before – somethingthat you weren’t lookingforward to or were worriedabout. Draw a picture ofone of these times and writeabout what happened. Maybesomething good that youweren’t expecting came outof this change!16At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

Sometimes we need to be brave, especially when we have to face a challenge ordo something that we are afraid to do! Think back on all of the times when youwere brave in the past. Maybe you were scared or nervous, but you didn’t letthat stop you! You probably felt really proud of yourself afterwards. Being bravedoesn’t mean that we aren’t scared – it’s normal and OK to be afraid. Just don’tlet your fears stop you from enjoying your life and doing new things. Use yourbravery when you need to! Bravery is like a muscle – the more you use it, thestronger it gets!Here are some quotes about being brave – design your own poster below basedon some or all of them, or make up your own quote!At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected17

Think about someone you admire for their bravery – it could be a person in yourfamily, a famous person or a character from a book or movie. Draw a picture ofthem and write about why you admire them. Think of them whenever you needto be brave!18At Home with Weaving Well-Being - A Well-Being Journal for Kids 2020 www.otb.ie/WWB www.otb.ie/W4W - Copyright protected

We all need a little mood boost from time to time! Of course it’s OK to feel sad,lonely, worried and scared at times, but if you decide that you need a breakfrom those feelings for a while, then do a mood boost! A mood boost is anythingthat you like to do that puts you into a better mood. Maybe it’s listening to yourfavourite music, dancing, reading, watching funny videos on YouTube, baking,drawing, being creative, exerci