Although a lovely sentiment, not many of us like the idea of failing or not getting things right the first time!
I am confident that most people could go back to a place in their history and find a moment where they were comforted by friends, families, teachers or some other important person they trust to help them through a perceived failure.
One prominent time in my life was when I was at Uni, as a un Undergraduate studying for my Bachelor of Early Childhood Studies
at the time I felt my world was crumbling down around me.
Fear gripped me as, like a much loved character in the popular American tv show ‘90210’ – life seemed to be imitating art as at the same time I felt like the ‘Donna Martin’ of my peer group.
If you don’t know the reference I will say that the only similarity there was in real life as opposed to teen fiction is that I was not at risk of not graduating with my friends because I got busted for underage drinking – but instead like the show,
my friends were right behind me and supporting me with humour and candour by drawing the link between fantasy and reality and their unwavering support through this particular challenge in my young life.
Whilst apples are considered a fruit sent from the heavens (that have been said to have kept the doctor away) they are only a small part of what will combat the stress and ill health teachers may experience, especially on their holiday break.
Originally the saying was quoted by a Welsh woman in the 19th Century to have been ‘‘Eat an apple on going to bed, and you’ll keep the doctor from earning his bread.”
Given that context it made perfect sense to put trust into the hands of a doctor as their word was seen as the only authority of the day.
With modern living and the rise of stress and overwhelming expectations overflowing it makes sense to consider a range of foods in our diet to help combat this and provide the health and nutrition that our bodies need to function well.
Many doctors are supportive of complimentary therapies that can work in conjunction with a healthy diet of fresh food and exercise to keep sickness at bay.
Understanding and treating symptoms associated with stress are becoming paramount as workloads overflow and an unhealthy tolerance for burning the candle at both ends seems to become normal for many teachers simply trying to stay afloat between holiday breaks.
Everything in life requires balance to maintain equilibrium and natural order. This must include taking care of ourselves as adults who are continuously modelling a picture of health and wellbeing in both mind and body for children.
As a leading teacher for both children and my adult colleagues it is a must for me to remember this as I want to have a healthy impact and influence upon myself and others to help promote vitality and longevity in both sides of my life and theirs.
Starting younger in life can only help to contribute to the health and wellbeing of our planet and future generations who deserve to live in a world that is also vibrant and whole to keep the cycle going.
I urge teachers to practice the same care they would use with every child in their care not to rely on one way to fuel their minds and bodies before they enter any learning environment for the benefit of themselves and those they intend to serve and teach.
I have been part of an engaging discussion recently in which we were talking about children’s play, and more specifically play with dolls.
There are many more than 3 reasons why children benefit from playing with dolls and that it should not stop because school starts.
Doll play helps children to learn nurturing skills such as recognising empathy towards others. By considering routines such as feeding and sleeping it allows a child to learn that every individual has specific needs and wants beyond their own.
Playing with dolls can increase language and communication skills and develops children’s imagination and creativity. Assuming the roles of both ‘baby’ and ‘parent’ children work out the intricacies and nuances of communication ; and perhaps most importantly that it is a two way exchange.
Role play also invites opportunities for learning about personal self regulation and comfort. Playing with dolls in the years beyond preschool may encourage children to work out some of the ‘issues’ they may be facing in the class room or school yard without the fear of confrontation or rejection in safety, so that when they do return to they may feel more empowered to manage those relationships with more ease.
It may not be a doll in particular that children play with, but any toy that helps them to feel secure and connected to themselves. The familiarity of toys can allow children to feel that they have a friend who will always support them, whilst they learn to give this to themselves as they emotionally mature, and may continue to develop in their relationships with others.