REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY

When you think of MENTAL HEALTH what’s the first thing that pops into your head?

Do you ever think about children under the age of 8?

Research suggests that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by age 5 so why are there such a lack of resources to support children’s mental health to ensure that they thrive into healthy adults? As a Children Services Practitioner and a parent, one of my main observations was that there was a lack of emotional development mental health interventions for under 10’s to support parents and carers.

“The years from 4-8 are the most important when it comes to a child’s emotional development. We really should focus all our efforts on our child’s developing emotions and sense of who they are at this age.”(WeParent)

As my son is due to start the transition to a new school In September, this resource has come at the perfect time to equip him with self awareness, social skills and the ability to manage potentially difficult situations within his own environment. Therefore, I am extremely excited to be reviewing this amazing parents guide to mental health for children. EVERY parent should have access to this resource not only are you investing in your child’s mental health but it acts as an early intervention for parents who maybe struggling with elements of their child’s development.

Why is your child’s emotional development important

As children grow, they are exposed to varying situations including the transition into school. Therefore having the ability to regulate and manage emotions is imperative as situations they encounter will become more complex. The way children are supported to manage emotions at a young age will significantly influence the way in which they cope with life experiences.

SO WHO ARE WEPARENT

“A psychologist in your pocket”

What I love about the founders of the WeParent is that one has 40 years of experience working as a clinical psychologist, and the other is a father which I think is the perfect recipe for a successful collaboration. Knowing that the co founders have an understanding of how challenging it can be to be a parent coupled with the expertise of a clinical psychologist is invaluable.

WeParent are committed to positive mental health. Everyday our children face challenges that will test their coping skills, and as their parents, you want to know you’ve done everything possible to help them. Mental illness is on the rise, but you can do something about it for your own child by giving them the skills they need to deal with their emotions, cope with stress and be happy in their own skin. The best time to start is during the mid-childhood years. WeParent’s mission is to give you the tools to be the best parent you can be. We are your psychologist in your pocket”

GETTING STARTED

We parent has an online module library which comprises of 6 categories with 33 modules in total. They also offer a ‘MODULE OF THE WEEK’ which changes on a weekly basis.

⁃ Preventing bullying

⁃ Emotions

⁃ Friendships & social skills

⁃ Independence

⁃ Positive sense of self

⁃ Sibling rivalry

⁃ Dealing with Grief “module of the week”

Once you have selected a topic, the site will give you an overview of learning outcomes and what is expected within the module. What I love is that each module is broken down into small sections making it easier to progress through the module. I also found this simplified the way I was able to work with my child. I chose to work on one section per day which allowed for reflection. Each module provides “fun facts” and “quotes from parents” which helps bring the topic to life.

After receiving the learning outcomes you then progress onto “GO TO STRATEGIES” which offers you a holistic tool kit for parents to utilise when talking to their child about ‘bullying’ for example. The beauty of this segment Is that is has two key components:

1.WeParent “Top tips” – offers parents advice on how long they may spend on a topic and how to question and discuss sensitive topics with your child.

2.WeParent “Road block” – Road block considers difficulties that you may encounter as a parent. For example in the ‘bullying’ section it supports parents to engage with their child who is being bullied.

As this is an online portal you literally do have a “psychologist in your pocket” making it easier to work on modules from the comfort of your home, coupled with ability to refer back to a module as and when required.

I have been working on the topic of bullying with my son for the last 2 weeks and I can honestly say that I have observed an increase in his ability to be assertive. Not only that he has been able to identify in his own words what he thinks bullying is, he has even transferred his skills by giving examples from his nursery experience. My sons ability to be assertive and deal with challenging situations is something that I have worried about naturally as a mother. However the tool has been absolutely invaluable.

In approximately 3 months time I will be doing a follow up review of all the topics so I can offer a holistic review of each module.

Pros

1. WeParent focuses on early intervention.

2. It is supported by psychologists

3. It is an online toolkit that can be used on the go.

4. WeParent is extremely user friendly

5. It focuses on real life situations that your children WILL face in their lives.

6. The guide can be adapted by the parent dependent on age and ability

7. Although this resource is for 4-8 years old this can easily be adapted for older children. Particularly for those who may have additional learning needs.

8. The website is bright coloured and very inviting.

GIVEAWAY

So to celebrate this amazing site I am giving away 10 FREE 12 Month Subscriptions.

To enter all you need to do is comment on my blog post what you would like to use ‘We Parent’ for? For example:

Mental Health

Anger management

Bullying

Emotional development

Confidence and self esteem

Terms & Conditions

  • The giveaway ends at 12am on 20/07/2018.
  • Winners will be chosen at random.
  • Worldwide entrants encouraged

You can keep up with WeParent on the following social media’s.

Instagram

Facebook

WeParent Website

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  1. This is very intresting to me. My son has been diagnosised with sever hearing loss. This has lead to a high anxiety and seliective mutisum. He has been seening a tharopist and we are trying to help him work though this. I am definitely going to check this out.

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    1. Oh wow, I’m so sorry to hear this. And I’m so glad he’s receiving therapy that’s amazing. Please send him my love. Please enter my give away I’d love for you to have a chance to win. All you need to do is write in the comments what you would like to use the we parent tool for? (I.e mental health, anxiety, bullying etc). Thank you so much for reading ❤️

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      1. Oh that is just amazing. Sounds likes coming along leaps and bounds! I wish him ALL the best in starting school. I bet he’s so excited to get back into routine ❤️ I’ve entered you in the giveaway as I feel this would really benefit him. How can I follow his journey??

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  2. I would love to use it for anger management. My 4 year old is beginning full time school in September and I think the big change will be a struggle. At the moment he is expressing himself in ways of anger, such as screaming, shouting, hitting, crying, throwing and unwilling to participate and listen. I strongly believe that punishment isn’t the way to go and instead support of us trying to understand his feeling and expression will help him in the long run and help him to understand he doesn’t have to behave this way. This app sounds brilliant!

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    1. I honestly admire your honesty and transparency. I Have a soon to be four year old and honestly they can be hard work as they’re learning how to regulate their emotions. I really think this toolkit will help you as it’s been amazing for me and my son. You have been entered into the giveaway.

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  3. Once again, this. is. brilliant.

    My 4 year old will enter school next year and I am dreading it because of the bullying aspect. Kids are so mean these days and just from seeing her interact with kids in daycare, I have a feeling she may get bullied as she is such a people-pleaser. My 1 year old on the other hand, I fear may need help in the friendship and social skills aspect because he seems to be scared of anyone that comes near him whom he doesn’t know.

    Essentially… help! Lol

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for always writing helpful contents!! <3!

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    1. Awww thanks hun. And I can totally relate as This is something I worry about when my son starts school, he’s so chilled and quite when around his peers (total opposite to me) but other times he completely amazes me.

      I think they this would be brilliant for you to help your little one become assertive and self assured. I’ve seen a difference in my son from using the bullying module.

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  4. I come from a line of women who suffer from anxiety and I worry a lot about my daughter (who is one) having anxiety and being bullied for it as she grows up. It’s really important to me that I can find a way to teach her to effectively communicate her emotions and how to deal with things that are frustrating, which are things I wish I knew more about growing up myself

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  5. I love how detailed this review is. Extremely informative and helpful. Thank you for shining light on this information and access girl. You’ve helped many with a great blog post such as this. Keep it up! Definetely something I think we will all look into.

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  6. Thanks for hosting such an awesome giveaway!
    My son is nearly seven and a very sensitive person. I would like to continue to help him in his emotional development and this set of modules sounds great as a supplement. 🙂 I’m always interested in learning more about psychology, too!

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  7. I’d use them for bullying. This is such a huge issue now a days. I’m terrified for when my daughter starts going to school for this reason. A lot of my mom friends are dealing with bullying with their kids and it’s just heart breaking.

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