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Jessica’s Daily Affirmation

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Wouldn’t it be great if we all felt this fantastic about ourselves every day?
My challenge to you…
Start a Daily Affirmation today! You can sing it, dance it or Hoola Hoop it ☺, but start today.
I would love to hear all about it. Email me so that I can share on the Growing Forward Website just how awesome you are.
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Exam Stress

Exam Stress

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Helping your child go from ‘worrier’ to WARRIOR!
Exam stress and anxiety is a reality in most homes at this time of year. Whether your child is writing his first formal tests in Grade 4, or about to begin her Grade 12 mid-year exams, the stress can send even the most prepared student into a panic. So how can we as parents support, encourage and empower our children to break the worry cycle and move from anxiety to action?

Kids Corner

Kids Corner

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Optimists and Pessimists
An optimist is someone who thinks positively about things and about the future. If you give an optimist half a glass of chocolate milkshake, she would most probably see the milkshake as almost full, or at least half full. Then you get people who are pessimists. A pessimist is someone who usually sees things negatively and doesn’t have much hope for the future. If you gave him the same half glass of chocolate milkshake, there’s a good chance he would say something like, “It’s almost empty!” Can you see the difference? Optimistic people choose to have positive thoughts about themselves, about life and about their future. Because of this they often look after their bodies better, have healthier minds and are more successful. On the other hand, a pessimist looks only at the negative things, and ends up feeling gloomy about the future, doesn’t believe in himself and sees only problems instead of possibilities. What would you like to be, an optimist or a pessimist? After all, the choice is yours.

28 Ways To Ask Your Teen “How Was School Today?” ....  Without Asking Them “How Was School Today?”

28 Ways To Ask Your Teen “How Was School Today?” .... Without Asking Them “How Was School Today?”

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1. Where in the school do you hang out the most? (Like a particular hall, classroom, parking lot, etc.) Where in the school do you never hang out?
2. What would your school be better with? What would your school be better without?
3. If you were a teacher, what class would you teach? Which class would be the worst to teach? Why?
4. What was the coolest (saddest, funniest, scariest) thing that you saw today?

Growing Forward Starts Growing

Growing Forward Starts Growing

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Hi there! Thank you for joining me on the Growing Forward website and blog. I would love comments and feedback from you as you input is valuable to me and could help others not feel as alone in the challenges they might be facing.
Let me introduce myself. My name is Natalie Soal and I am a Life Coach, Counsellor and Kids Life Coach. I have been awarded my Master Practitioner certificate in Life and Business Coaching and I am currently completing my studies at The Kids Life Studio, UK, the only currently internationally recognized Kids Life Coaching Academy. I am a member of COMENSA (Coaches and Mentors South Africa) and I studied Counselling at Paraklesis under Dr M van der Spuy, where I received my Counselling certificate in 2001.

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