Tips To Thrive

Tiny Triumph Awards – Sidestep the brain’s negativity bias and celebrate some wins!

If you’ve read our 3 Practical Coping Strategies post   you’ll know our wonderful brains have a tendency to focus on the negative (It’s all because they’re constantly on the lookout for threats so they can keep us safe from them!). Sometimes they need some help to remember all the good stuff going on.  We …

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Assessing Emergency Placements During the COVID-19 Pandemic

‘How do we make decisions for children during an emergency like COVID 19?’  Perhaps, not surprisingly, this is the number 1 question we’ve been asked recently.  It’s a very hard question to answer, especially when we know your aim is to do the best you can for the children you’re protecting and caring for. Often, …

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Three practical, science-backed coping strategies for difficult times

Here they are – the first three coping strategies for you to experiment with and, hopefully, add to your personal coping kit! If you haven’t already, I’d really encourage you to read the introduction to this series. It explains how and why coping strategies work, who they’re for and who they might not be for, …

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How to connect and find your people – building a sense of belonging

“Roots and wings!” She exclaimed, “roots and wings! It’s our job, as mothers, to strengthen their roots so that wherever they are, they can fly.” So said one of the most wonderful friends I’ve ever made in a lifetime of moving around.We were sitting in her kitchen one day, talking about our kids and our …

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Being and feeling safe – what’s the brain got to do with it?!

Why is safety so important? I’m going to leap straight in today and introduce you to a favourite friend of mine. Not your usual friend. An organ friend… You didn’t see that one coming did you?! Well, possibly the picture gave it away… Meet Brain. This should probably come with a warning – the brain …

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What exactly does it mean to thrive? Here’s an (extended) definition!

  Over the last twelve months we’ve developed a little equation to help sum up our vision and our work: Safe  +  Belong  =  Thrive “A place to be and feel safe plus somewhere to belong equals the best chance to thrive”.  Welcome to the first post in a new series for 2020. Each month …

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Missing family… the pain of separation and the choices we make.

When you live half a world away from your family missing them is a permanent undercurrent of life. Mostly sitting below the surface, sometimes it pops up and surprises you. Other times it can feel like a physical ache. This past Sunday was Mother’s Day in Australia and yesterday (May 15) was International Day of …

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