This month we are introducing a slightly different newsletter and blog post to go alongside the popular WFRDB (Watch. Follow. Read. Do. Buy.)
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This is a bit of a behind-the-scenes round-up of the goings on at HOW HQ. Because someone recently asked us 'What are you up to at the moment?' and we realised sometimes it isn't always obvious from our current newsletter.
So, this is a snapshot of what we are up to.
The main projects we are working on with links on how to get involved or how to sign up.
This week we have 4 things we'd like to tell you about:
1. Mindset and Mindflex Workshop for girls 11-16 years old: Monday 13th June 7pm
Last week, we attended TEDx Swansea and one of the speakers said… "Wouldn’t it be good if children were...
Love it or hate it phones, social media and the digital world is here to stay.
There is no avoiding it.
We all need the connectivity that has been created over the last 30 years.
This is an education piece. The importance comes in helping our pre teens and teens how to live with and develop good habits when using these brilliant advances in technology.
Forty percent of 10-11 year olds are spending at least 30 hours a week on their cell phones. Nearly two days worth of screen tech time.
All of this often comes without learning, guidance and instruction. As parents we often cross our fingers and hope for the best while checking occasionally.
Would we hand our car keys to a 17 year old without a few lessons first?
The introduction of phones can cause havoc with friendship groups, group chats, constant checking and FOMO particularly those at the end of primary school going up to secondary school.
But.. can you even begin to imagine a pandemic without the the wonders of the...
As adults we make a lot of decisions every day.
Decision fatigue has been present for so many of us over the last few years. Even the simplest of things took a whole series of decisions during the pandemic.
We are not the only ones making decisions.
Teens have lots of decisions to make everyday too.
Smaller decisions like:
What to wear
What to eat
Whether to have a shower in the morning or later
Which piece of homework to finish first
Which messages to reply to first
And bigger decisions:
What options to take
How to revise for a test
Whether or not to go to a party
Who to meet up with on the weekend
Too many decisions to make = an increase in anxiety
Reducing the number of smaller decisions you make leads to being calmer and less stressed giving you time to focus on the other tasks.
One trick for our teens is to have some "certainty anchors” built into your day.
These are things that make parts of our day solid, anchored and...
When you’ve been working hard at something for a while, that you are passionate about, you can get a bit lost in it it all.
Totally immersed in the doing.
There are some words that just make it all make sense and that, as cofounders, we need to hear.
Not because we are needy and have to be reassured but to make us focus on who we are helping and how we help them.
Yesterday, on our empty, off sauna Zoom meetings (it’s a standard at the moment) we spoke to journalist Stephanie Conway, Abi from Festival of the Girl and Natalie from Girl Be Club about up and coming collaborations.
Like minded people doing amazing things.
That was a huge encouragement and a great start to 2022.
Amanda Morgan Thomas is a great friend, confidente and mentor to us and her #testimonial is something we often refer back to at times like this when we need people in our corner.
"Looking back at my time transitioning to high school - I was lost.
A careers teacher got us to take a quiz. I was...