Do your children take personal responsibility, are they independent thinkers, or do they have a tendency to movr with the flock?
Perhaps a sprinkling of purple thinking might encourage them to follow their own star.
A fun family day out, following the floats and Chertsey folk to their annual Black Cherry Fair, resulted in a rest back at Mum and Petes to recover from the heat and all the crap the kids had returned with. Sitting beneath their Wisteria arbor, I noticed the bees playing and collecting nectar, so decided to film them, whilst getting present to the purple and reflecting on what the colour may mean.
My Favourite Colour Is...
Do you have a colour that you are drawn to... Perhaps you use it in your work, business or play... How does it make you feel... Why do you like it?
My Dad has always encouraged my sister Kay and I to 'Think Purple', I thought it meant to be positive, until my sister an art therapist, wrote about it and I realised there was more to the colour than met the eye. She named her art studio in Australia 'Think Purple' and I've pasted snippets from her blog below.
Why Think Purple?
To ‘Think Purple’ means to live every moment in the perfect balance of joy, happiness and positivity. Living a life in this way is contagious and rubs off on the people we come into contact with on a daily basis.
The colour purple calls for creative doings and seeks inspiration and originality through its creative effort. It likes to be unique, individual and independent, not one of the crowd.
Purple is gender-less and contains just the right amount of masculine and feminine tones. It is a way of being and living in the moment.
Are you a Purple Thinker, perhaps you encourage your children to be independent, to lead themselves, take personal responsibility and to not always follow the crowds too? Always easier to do when we are clear about who we are and have clarity around our family values and vision.
Look forward to reading your colourful comments.
A hiking and camping adventure with Paul in the Dolomites, Italy during the Summer of 2003. We were visiting my sister Kay and Ian @thinkpurpleartstudios, as they were between ski seasons working in Arabba for a walking tour company.
We pitched this tent close to the glacier and warm refugio where most hikers slept. We remember the rissotto, wine and great conversations at the long wooden tables with like minded hikers. They laughed at us for sleeping in our tent. It was soooo cold outside. Rather a cosy canvas though, than a dorm of 100 snorers.
Its a NorthFace Expedition one, still in excellent condition, a brilliant purchase. My Titanium Leki walking poles purchased on this adventure are still intact. Ian gave me lessons in how to walk with them, as I was really uncoordinated. The poles also went up Kilmanjaro Tanzania in 2014 with me.
It is on our family 'goal' list to hike in the Dolomites again. I was too scared to use the Via Ferattas. Paul wasn't. Expect the kids will be up for clipping on and climbing if we get them off Fortnight 🙄
How about you, have you created a family wish list? I know two families who have completed the 3 peaks this year... not ready yet.
Sculpey is a type of polymer clay, a brilliant medium to craft and play with, similar to plasticine in texture. Easy, clean and melleable, it can be baked at low temperatures in a kitchen oven, so is perfect for home use. Great for children, especially big kids like my brother-in-law Ian, who is over from Oz featuring prominently in the Sculpey Workshop video below.
Who uses Sculpey?
According to Jake Corrick, a Sculpey specialist on YouTube:
'Sculpey is used by movie animation studios and professionals worldwide for prototypes, maquettes, and all kinds of dolls. Has a long track record as a superb clay for sculpting...'
Grandma Barbara uses it itoo and makes wonderful figurines from it out of her garage in Surrey. Enjoy her photos towards the end of the vid. Also included is a topical creation from my sister Kay from Think Purple Art Studios AU, she will be facilitating fun Sculpey workshops back in Oz later in the year, visit here for more info.
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Dahlia, Calendula, Cosmos, Lavender
Next to Beady Eyed Honey Bee Sipping Water
Near to Kathleen's Cornflowers
By the Beetroot
An early morning water, weed and wander at the allotment whilst family slept.
Such a peaceful and personal time of day.
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I just want to go home and cry at the end of each day...'
This photo is a yoga session at my children's school fete a couple of years ago with several children who attended my personal development sessions.
Currently I'm back in the supply teaching pool (unable to commit my heart to a regular day until the system shifts) covering in numerous schools & noticing the continuing erosion of creativity, PSHE & so much more in many of them.
Experiencing frequently how many kids aren't getting along, tell tales, complain etc. They struggle to form a circle in order to just BE together for circle time, because there is no time, to listen to each other, share stories, ideas and learn more about each other.
Most teachers I speak to are unhappy with what they have to teach and the intensity of the day, and their distracted data collecting headteachers.
Recently, two of them have been in tears when handing over notes for the day to me, overwhelmed by constant admin and pressures to meet unreasonable targets.
One teaching assistant said, 'I just want to go home and cry at the end of each day, I've been here 20 years and all the spontaneity, fun and putting the children's wellbeing at the heart of the community (and the teachers) has gone, I feel so frustrated, disappointed and disempowered, but what can I do?'
Most children do know what a split digraph is though, what a relief, a brilliant skill for their future, sigh😞
Today's 3 part breath obsession video is from the allotment, see below.
Just imagine how creating peace in ourselves can send little ripples to the world, OK so I know it's a bit extreme but it's nice to imagine..
Next World Peace, Jedi Mission workshop is in July, only 4 spaces, will be sharing lots of ideas for family peace. Walk away feeling relaxed and confident that you can make positive and powerful changes within your family life, with just small adjustments to your day, more info in this link.
A Random Video at the Lido
3 Part Breath explained in less than a minute compared to the 6 I waffled on for in previous 🙄
'When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady. But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still, and the yogi achieves long life. Therefore, one should learn to control the breath'
from the “Hatha Yoga Pradipika,” 14th century CE
Enjoy more energy, oxygen and calm by playing with this 3 part breath.
This breathing is great to do anytime, anyplace anywhere. Take little pauses throughout the day to practice it and notice how great you feel. (if you suffer from respiratory problems please consult a health expert first)
Strange face pulling screenshots taken from this Youtube video
Benefits of 3 part breathing may include -
Sibling Falls Outs...
What works well for your family when your children fall out?
Lets face it, it can be a pretty regular and natural occurance in most households. Most parents I speak with say it can be quite exhausting at times though.
How quickly can we pick ourselves up, move on and not keep repeating the same UPSET? What is causing the fall out in the first place and why are our children arguing?
This week I was teaching a Year 4 class and a teaching student came in to observe for the afternoon
A group of 5 boys came in from lunch play, they'd had a bit of a fall out and were hot and bothered. Once they'd cooled off, had a drink and calmed more, I called them over to listen to their stories.
Afterwards, the student's response was 'wow that was so calm and efficient, I never thought of resolving a fall out that way, thank you for sharing'
It's the same strategy I use with my own children, who at the ages of 13 and 11, have some pretty big disagreements at times.
What works well for you when you deal with your family Upsets?
This is a topic I will also be sharing on June 23rd.
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What do you LOVE to do to just Be?
Sometimes we get so caught up and absorbed with the busyness of life that we forget what it's like to just be. What do you LOVE to do that helps you to connect to you amongst all the doing?
How can we Be when we are so Busy Doing?
Even when we are busy we can pause, take a breath and notice. It's that simple and something we can do throughout the day, yet often forget. Pause and try it now. What's that like?
Take a Walk on the Wildside
How about just taking a walk in nature, put on shoes, open door and walk. It's also great to stop and take photos, sketch or simply pause and notice what's growing closeby, so remember to look down too. It's the Surrey Wildlife Trust's #30dayswild challenge in June. We've ordered our family pack. It's is a great way to also slow down, notice nature and get connected to self and BE