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Mum Moments – Building Resilience in Children

Published Apr 1st, 2020 by

Sheridan Wakefield

Sheridan Wakefield talks to clinical psychologist Lisa Ford about building resilience in children including simple and practical strategies for parents - something that's more valuable now than ever before!

Mum Moments – Building Resilience in Children
Mum Moments is created by the Body Beyond Baby Affiliate team with the mission to start and have the conversations that all mums need to be having but often aren’t. In this week's episode, Sheridan of My Fit Mumma talks to clinical psychologist Lisa Ford of The Resilience Co about Building Resilience in Children including simple and practical strategies for parents. This interview took place in October 2019, well before we heard the words "coronavirus" or "COVID-19" but we feel the knowledge and strategies Lisa shared during this chat are more valuable to parents than ever before! Some of the big takeaways from Sheridan's chat with Lisa include:
  • The pressure parents feel to be our children's carers as well as their teachers.
  • Children learn really well from their natural environment and we don't necessarily have to make everything a teachable moment.
  • Children learn when they are not provided with all the information and are given the opportunity to figure things out for themselves (we don't have to jump in to "fix").
  • Trusting them to not necessarily make the right decisions all the time but trusting them to be able to cope with the outcome and learn from their experience.
  • Strategies for encouraging problem solving to avoid raising a generation of "problem dumpers".
  • Benefits of "free play" or "risky play" in our homes (hint: this will take the pressure off you too!)
  • Tips for responding to "I'm bored" and why hearing that is not such a bad thing!
  • Strategies for encouraging "risky play" without passing on our own risk aversions. Did you know that studies show that sheltering them from risk can actually make them more accident prone?
  • Why "busy" and jam-packed schedules are not always better, and the benefits of slowing down for both parents and children. Win win!
  • The importance of taking care of ourselves and staying on top of our own self-care.
We hope you enjoy this chat! Building Resilience in Children [audio mp3="https://mumsafe.com.au//www/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Building-Resilience-in-Children-1.mp3"][/audio] Love Jen & all the Body Beyond Baby Affiliate team x Show notes Find Lisa: On Instagram On Facebook At The Resilience Co The Body Beyond Baby Affiliate team is a collection of Fitness Professionals that operate with autonomy under their own brand but choose to come together under the Body Beyond Baby umbrella with the shared mission of leading the change within the Fitness Industry to ensure all women are safely and effectively looked after once they become a mother. They know that together they can reach more women than if they go it alone AND their mission is stronger and their voices are louder.
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Written by

Sheridan Wakefield
MumSafe™ Trainer at 
My Fit Mumma

About the Author

As a passionate anti-diet culture advocate, a weight neutral, non-diet approach to exercise is always front of mind for Sheridan . In order to foster a healthy body image and relationship with exercise, she believes that the pressure placed on Mums to “lose the baby weight” or to look a certain way needs to be removed and that the fitness industry has so much more to offer women than weight loss.

​With an understanding that the postnatal period is forever and a safe return to exercise extends far beyond the 6-week check, Sheridan wants to help educate women about the important, yet often overlooked steps to building a strong foundation from the inside out. In taking the time to do this, Mums of any age and stage can exercise, enjoy the sports and activities they love or just move freely to meet the demands of every day life with confidence. Without pain, fear of injury or incontinence. Working closely with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist is a key component in achieving this.

Sheridan is currently taking some time away from offering training services to Mums to undertake further professional development in Health at Every Size® plus a new role educating other fitness professionals working with Mums as a Safe Return to Exercise®Master Trainer.

As a passionate anti-diet culture advocate, a weight neutral, non-diet approach to exercise is always front of mind for Sheridan . In order to foster a healthy body image and relationship with exercise, she believes that the pressure placed on Mums to “lose the baby weight” or to look a certain way needs to be removed and that the fitness industry has so much more to offer women than weight loss.

​With an understanding that the postnatal period is forever and a safe return to exercise extends far beyond the 6-week check, Sheridan wants to help educate women about the important, yet often overlooked steps to building a strong foundation from the inside out. In taking the time to do this, Mums of any age and stage can exercise, enjoy the sports and activities they love or just move freely to meet the demands of every day life with confidence. Without pain, fear of injury or incontinence. Working closely with a Women’s Health Physiotherapist is a key component in achieving this.

Sheridan is currently taking some time away from offering training services to Mums to undertake further professional development in Health at Every Size® plus a new role educating other fitness professionals working with Mums as a Safe Return to Exercise®Master Trainer. ?