The following are extracts from parents documentation captured whilst participating in the Parent Champion program.
Outcomes at school
- Her son had been having difficulties at school with challenging behaviour and since he has been doing the exercise (meditation and ‘power of thought’) his behaviour has improved. The teacher phoned Mum to ask her what she has been doing with him to have such a positive improvement on his behaviour. Her son is enjoying it so much he has incorporated it into his daily routine.
- Mum explained to her son that he can always share his feelings with her and she will be non-judgemental and will be happy to help him. Two days later he came back from school and shared with her about an incident that had made him sad. Her husband has noticed he is sharing more about his experiences at school and also his general feelings.
- Mum was sending her son loving vibes and wanting him to have a really good day at school. The teacher pulled her to one side when she went to collect him and said how much of a fantastic day he had, and at one point when his usual group of friends became disruptive he took himself away from them and played with another group of children.
Outcomes in changing emotions
- Dad now realises he is more aware of the people around him and their emotions. Even when his children are being well behaved he notices that and enjoys it, whereas before he may have been guilty of not acknowledging their good behaviour.
- She (her daughter) now keeps calm and has let go of her anger. Mum has noticed a positive impact on the children – her son even has taken himself away from old friends who he used to get into trouble with.
- Mum shared the ‘power of thought’ with her daughter and it helped her with realising when she is getting angry and how to manage her emotions.
- Mum is most shocked, how even at two years old he was confident and able to communicate his emotions and understanding of his situation.
- Mum shared the ‘power of thought’ with her son as he gets really upset when things don’t go his way, especially when playing computer games. When playing he’ll say “I’m going to win” then when he doesn’t he gets angry. Mum suggested to not have any intention in his head before he plays and just to be positive. She noticed he then played so much more calmly and he even said “mum I might win but I might not but it doesn’t matter
- Her children’s nursery workers have even commented on how effective her child is at being able to express her feelings.
- Mum introduced her two year old daughter to a meditation and breathing exercise and she has responded very well, especially if she has been hyperactive before, it has calmed her down after.
- Mum feels her daughters tapped into her relaxed positive mood that made the day out so successful.
- Both partners praised their daughter a lot for her confidence and they saw the impact it had on her by her smiles and being more social.
- Her son has global development delay and before she had difficulty with managing caring for two children with the verbal communication barrier. She now connects with her children and it has had such hugely positive outcomes.
- Mum feels that children think about things without worrying about “what ifs and consequences” so adults have a lot to learn from children. She feels proud of her son and realises she needs to have more faith in him as she now feels he can achieve anything.
- Mum has assisted her youngest son in creating a ‘SMART goal’ as he has stopped playing football which he loves to do, but where his weight has increased it has had an impact on his running ability. Mum was asking him open questions and he was just flowing with ideas how to achieve his ‘SMART goal’, even with healthy eating plans as well as exercise and he has asked her to do it with him for support. They then reviewed the week as a family on Saturday night and her sons really shared well and opened up and enjoyed having the family time together.
- Dad felt that the meditation exercise has contributed to a good week for him, and his children’s behaviour has been good all week, even when the children haven’t been well.
- Mum realised by offering her son choice it has relaxed things around meal times and getting dressed, times that used to be stressful are now calm.