This year many of us will be out and about with our children. Lots of the places we visit may be new to us, many places will be crowded, there will probably be quite a few things that grab our child’s interest, and they’ll want to go explore. This means that the chances of a child running off, going out of sight, being swept up in a crowd, losing their way … are considerably heightened. SCARY huh?
You know when you read a book, and there’s that page with ‘Acknowledgements’ on it? Where the author thanks everyone who has either contributed, or had some kind of impact, or has supported them in some way? I always wanted to be acknowledged in one of those books – ‘Thanks to Jo – my inspiration’, or ‘Thanks to Jo – for making the tea”. I would have been happy with anything!
Go online, Google it, ask a friend, ask the audience!! You’ll get many different definitions of what well-being actually is. My favourite definition is summed up by The World Health Organisation: “Mental health is defined as a state of well-being in which every individual realises his or her own potential, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to her or his community.”