Buddy Bench are delighted to launch Sam Builds a Nest, their first children’s Worry Box to promote positive mental and the grownups who love them to enjoy at home. This Worry Box includes the Sam Builds a Nest storybook (beautifully illustrated by Ross Dillon of Cartoon Saloon sister company Lighthouse Studios), a wonderfully snuggly robin and some great Buddy Bench activities designed to help children work through their fears and develop resilience.
It’s okay to feel worried or afraid sometimes. Maybe you are about to grow and you are about to find the strength, the help, and the courage to learn and explore and go further out into the world than you have ever gone before.
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Talking with parents, Buddy Bench has come to understand that sometimes the hardest thing for a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or caring grownup, is to have to stand in the wings while the children they love tackle the challenges of growing up without us, which is why we have developed the Buddy Bench Worry Box that provide tools and insight for grownups to explore mental wellbeing issues with the children they love. Our programs are based around animal characters that thousands of children will instantly recognise from the Buddy Bench programs that we have delivered in over 300+ schools and preschools in Ireland.
Standing on the edge of your nest, you will find how to balance your love of feeling safe and secure with your hunger to explore the world and venture beyond your comfort zone.
“I had always thought resilience was a kind of bouncing back ability,” says Jeffrey Gormly. “I thought that you had to just keep picking yourself up and charging back into life. I guess my generation picked up some pretty bad habits, because we had basically no education on mental health, self-care or how to stay well. It’s just amazing how many times the Buddy Bench team has heard a grown up say ‘I wish there had been a Buddy Bench when I was in school.’
“Working to bring emotional intelligence, empathy and self-awareness to 60,000 children in the last three years has really shown us that we can give a big gift to the current generation of children, simply by encouraging them to show and share their thoughts and feelings. That’s the easiest way to learn about ourselves, discover what keeps us happy and well, and prepare us for the challenges that to trying to live a really good and fulfilling life constantly brings.”
According to Jeffrey, resilience isn’t a thick skin, or bottomless optimism, or endless determination. Resilience is a mindset.
It’s perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed sometimes by what life is asking us to cope with, especially when there are moments of big worry in our lives, such as moving house or school, bereavement or break up of a family, struggles to fit in at school.
Buddy Bench has come to understand that sometimes the hardest thing for a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle or caring grownup, is to have to stand in the wings while the children they love tackle the challenges of growing up without us. This happens most especially when it comes to school, where children are thrown together to learn how to get along with others, how to make friendships that are good and that last, how to understand and express our unique individuality in a crowd of children.
That’s why Buddy Bench has devised this Worry Box that provide tools and insight for grownups to explore issues with the children they love.
Here’s how it works:
Give the gift. The worry box comes in a beautifully designed box that slowly reveals the robin, and opens out to present interactive learning activities.
Spend the time. Sit together, snuggle Red the Robin, and read the story of how Sam Builds a Nest.
Watch, listen and learn. Encourage the child to build their own nest. Take time to listen to what they are telling you about the challenges they are facing in their lives.
Help and join in. Encourage your child to colour in the nest picture and think about all the people, places, things and pastimes that make them feel safe.
Create a new routine. Take time together to use the worry pad – write down all the things that make the child feel anxious or afraid, fold up the page, and tuck under the Robin’s wing for a peaceful night’s sleep.
Sam Builds a Nest is dedicated to the small child in all of us who sometimes gets a glimpse of the great big world out there, and is torn between wanting to rush out and explore, and needing to feel safe and at home.
To Buy Sam Builds a Nest Worry Box Click Here
To listen to the complimentary Child’s Meditation Mp3 Click below