The Thrive Approach has been developed over many years helping children to flourish. It supports children's emotional and social development and helps them feel happy and secure, able to enjoy friendships, relate well to others and be ready and able to learn. Thrive is a specific way of working with all children that helps to develop their social and emotional well-being, enabling them to engage with life and learning. It supports them in becoming more self-assured, capable and adaptable. It can also address any troubling behaviours providing a firm foundation for academic attainment.
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As we come into the final week of online Thrive and thoughts and feelings are leaning towards coming back to school, I would like to share the following image for any grown-ups to refer to. It is also valuable to remind ourselves and children that feelings come and go, It is useful to be able to notice a feeling and say it aloud and it is ok to not know why you feel that way but acknowledge it is there.
A conversation might look like this
"hmmmm I have a jumbled up feeling in my stomach, I wonder if I'm a bit nervous or a maybe I'm excited?"
or " oooo I have noticed my shoulders feel tight and achy, I wonder why that is?"
Now your child might offer a reason or they may completely ignore you at that point and say nothing but they will have picked up on your emotions and feelings so hearing your acknowledgement reassures their autonomic nervous system.
If they do offer a reason or an answer accept it as their idea " Yes perhaps that is it. I wonder how you feel about ........?" and again they may not say anything or disagree with you but it is enough to leave it there. It takes time and practice to be able to notice and name sensations in the body and link them to feelings.
Wishing you all well and I am so looking forward to seeing all the children back in school very soon!