The HOW Blog: All about periods

All about periods from The HOW People  

When was the last time you had an open conversation with your teen about periods?

When did the topic of periods become such a taboo?

Are there questions as an adult that you still feel you do not know the answers to?

The HOW People offer the opportunity for frank conversations about this very natural bodily function that we actually wouldn’t be here without!

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Schools give all students a basic education in what periods are, how and why they happen and the products that are available to use but there are so many questions that teens have that they might not have the confidence to ask their teachers or parents.

Are there more environmentally friendly products on offer?

What is the best product to use when playing sport?

Can I still go swimming when I’m on my period?

What happens when my periods stop?

What is the menopause?

From starting your period to the menopause, this series of videos is designed to be...

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Little Black Book

Welcome to the 'Little black book of independent business'

from The HOW People 

**An evolving list of makers, creatives and businesses from Wales and all over the UK** 

Local and independent retailers of non essential goods have taken a battering in 2020. Living in Mumbles, a vibrant village in Wales full of small businesses, we have seen this first hand and are doing our best to support locally.

The reality of shopping in 2020, lock down, a pandemic, busy lives and convenience also takes us to online shopping. This Christmas, try and think about whether you can buy and support an independent business in person, or online, run by an individual or family who will do a fist pump or a happy dance when your order drops into their inbox. It might take a few more days to arrive but they'll be doing a #HOWhappydance and it will make a real difference. 

Shop Local. Shop Independent. Shop Small. 

#HOWhappydance

Jo and Polly

www.thehowpeople.com

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Homeschool with Ease (written on 13th April 2020)

home schooling Nov 30, 2020
So many people are asking us about Home schooling at the moment.
 
Home Schooling. Home Educating. Crisis Educating.
 
Whatever we are calling it.
 
This is my first interview, having been invited by our friends at Ease, to give you some of my thoughts on home schooling during this tricky time as someone who has done it now for a few years.
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1. Home Schooling is usually a choice. Lock down is not a choice.
 
Home schooling is a decision taken after much discussion and not taken lightly.
 
It has to work for you to be able to do it. It is not easy but it is hugely rewarding and most parents and kids who do it love it. When leaving the school system to home school most of the books and recommendation is to take some time to unschool before establishing a new normal. Shaking off the institutionalisation of school and its routine before introducing a different pattern.
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It is OK to find this HARD

Uncategorized Nov 30, 2020

It is ok to find this HARD.

I needed a little reminder of this today.

Yesterday was hard. Everything just seemed hard.
Every interaction with the kids seemed fraught.
Every thing that came out of my mouth seemed to be in the wrong tone or the wrong words.
They didn't want to do anything.
It felt like pulling teeth.

My poor husband came home from a 12 hour work day in the hospital and I might have even said words along the line of 'Don't talk to me about bad days' or something ridiculous when he came home.

I am pretty relaxed most of the time so days like these feel like a big deal and make me really reflect on myself (or beat myself up...)

With me, it generally comes down to parenting somewhere along the line.

I am probably not sleeping enough, I tend to work late and get up early to get 'stuff' done. Growing a business involves work.

I often say I don't work as I don't actually "go to work" at the moment but I am still trying to work.

I am in a good morning routine and getting out to...

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Same boat. Different storm.

These are crazy times indeed. There is no denying that. 

Everyone is experiencing this differently too. 

As we keep being told we are all in the same boat but, as I read recently, we are all facing different storms. 

For some, this storm involves a bit of drizzle and a light wind.

Force 2* maybe rising to Force 4*.

Time potentially to have a bit of a break from the hustle and bustle of normal life. No school runs, no clubs, activities, birthday parties, weekends away, packing a social life with family and friends into a weekend. This is time to switch off, slow down, reconnect with their kids and make sure the internet shopping gets booked in on time. People working from home and trying to juggle the home schooling, which is in no way an easy task, but also taking time out for the simple pleasures in life and look forward to the return of some level of normality at some point in the future. 

For others it involves anything from Force 7/8* gales to Force 12*...

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New Normal

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2020

A week of ‘New Normal’ is nearly complete.

There have been big challenges for everyone, all over the planet. 

Whoever and wherever we are, we have been affected by this worldwide pandemic.

We have many friends and colleagues who are small to medium business owners: retail, cafes, restaurant owners and freelancers/self employed who have had to face the reality of a very different world this week. Closing businesses, having to say goodbye to their hard built teams and feeling lost as to when things will change for the better. 

Work has dried up for everyone. Life has been put on pause.

Meanwhile, an even bigger part of our lives is filled with over stretched and incredibly worried front line medical workers. Anaesthetists, GP’s, other hospital doctors, nurses, care workers. Lifelong friends and close relatives who are now putting their own lives and safety on the line for the rest of us. 

To think a month ago it was life very much Operation Normal is...

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HOW Girls 2019

HOW Girls launched in June 2019: a block of 6 weeks this involved a 2 hour evening session at Surfside Cafe on Langland Beach. Freelance sessions were delivered weekly Yoga, Beach Club Fit, Trust Games, Photography and one week we had an ocean swim, built a fire and had marshmallows. Bliss. 

How did it work?

Each session started with a round circle chat each week in line with our core values. ‘If you were an animal what would you be and why?’ ‘How would others describe you?’ this was always a lovely way to start the session. During the course we invited some young local role models to come along and help out. Each week we did a beach clean and this lead to discussing plastic pollution and the importance for us to pick up as well as thinking about our useage. This was an angle we hadn’t expected the girls to take to so well. They continue to beach clean everytime they visit with their families now!

Scrapbooking and journalling was a big highlight...

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Covid Thoughts

Uncategorized Apr 01, 2020

What a week it has been. This is a long one. Sorry. 

Maybe it is because we are away in Canada at the moment and trying to get home.

Maybe it is because we are doctors.

Maybe it is because we home school and people aren’t sure how to go about that.

Or probably it is a combination of all of the above but, this week I have had a LOT of questions about this current situation and what I think.

It has been an emotional rollercoaster for us all. What is happening in terms of advice and approach here in Canada is different to what is happening in the UK. We have friends in Hong Kong and Singapore who have already gone through this and see it from another angle and we have a lot of information coming to us as well as everything we are reading.  

I have to confess to reading too much. 

Over load can induce anxiety in all of us. 

Partly this has been for practical reasons. We are not due home for 3 wks but questions like should we or should we not come earlier?...

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A bit of background...

 

The HOW People is the product of many a chat over coffee, wine, walking the dogs, playing with the kids and sitting putting the world to right on the beach.

Jo Watkins and Polly Crook have known each other for over 15 years since Jo and her then boyfriend, and now husband, Davey rented a house from Polly’s parents when they first moved to Mumbles. Polly, who is 10 years younger that Jo, was 18 yrs old and going off to University and Jo and Dave had moved to Mumbles to settle down, get married and have a family. They got on well, had a lot of fun but their lives were very different at that stage. Fast forward 10 years and a sad series of family events brought them back in touch and the rest is history.

The last 5 years they have spent a lot of time together. Polly has been a big influence on Jo and Dave’s eldest daughter, mini Polly and they have other children of similar ages. They are both serial organisers, planners and facilitators and love nothing more than...

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HOW Girls 2019

Uncategorized Feb 03, 2020

Our first HOW Girls pilot scheme launched in Mumbles, South Wales in June 2019. A block of 6 weeks this involved a 2 hour evening session at Surfside Cafe on Langland Beach.

A freelance session was delivered weekly Yoga, Beach Club Fit, Trust Games, Photography and one week we had an ocean swim and built a fire. We informally had a round circle chat each week in line with our core values. ‘If you were an animal what would you be and why?’ ‘How would others describe you?’ this was always a lovely way to start the session. During the course we invited some young local role models to come along and help out. Each week we did a beach clean and this lead to discussing plastic pollution and the importance for us to pick up as well as thinking about our useage. This was an angle we hadn’t expected the girls to take to so well. They continue to beach clean everytime they visit with their families now!

Scrapbooking was a big highlight of the course. Each week we...

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