The 10 Day LinkedIn Challenge starts 18 September

My next LinkedIn Challenge starts in September 2017.

Sign up to join the Priority waitlist <<HERE>>.

The LinkedIn Challenge is for you if you want to

  • create a powerful LinkedIn profile that gets you noticed
  • make a bigger impact at work and take your career to the next level
  • understand what employers or potential clients expect to see on your profile
  • develop your expert authority to showcase your experience and achievements
  • build strong relationships and network without being pushy
  • enhance your personal and professional brand

Every day for 10 days, you will get an email with a short video and a worksheet with a bite-sized task for the day (plus a ‘when you’ve got more time‘ extension task too). You’ll get invited to a private Facebook group where you can share your thoughts, ask questions, get feedback and be inspired.

In the meantime I’ll add you to The Confidence Guide which is published weekly, jam-packed with tips and tricks for ambitious women who want clarity and confidence. And we’ll talk again when the LinkedIn Challenge starts in September.

Click <<HERE>> if you want to get noticed on LinkedIn today!

If you know already that you want more personalised help than you’ll get from a (free) 10 day challenge, or you want to get started right away, a one-to-one personalised LinkedIn Profile review could be what you’re looking for. Find out more here.

Ready to get started?  Join the priority list today so you don’t miss a thing when we start on Monday 18 September. I can’t wait to share my knowledge and insights with you and hopefully you’ll learn to love LinkedIn as much as I do.

In last week’s post, I shared with you important information that every parent needs to know: how we parent our children affects their emotional life and behaviour.

I explained how being an emotionally responsive parent helps your child to establish effective stress-regulating systems to take them through to adulthood. Knowing this, you adopt your style of parenting so that you nurture your child’s brain and body to manage stress in adult life.

When we respond to our children in certain ways, this gives your child’s brain opportunities to establish the pathways needed so that your child can:

  • manage their emotions
  • think rationally undress pressure
  • self-calm without recourse to angry outbursts or anxiety attacks. In later life, the adult who is not able to self-calm may resort to alcohol, smoking or drugs.

More modern research and knowledge provides the evidence to confirm that our parenting styles can affect a child’s

  • curiosity and drive
  • ability to explore and embrace life
  • creativity
  • develop deep and lasting friendships

And don’t we all want this for our child?

Our parenting has a major impact on a child’s emotional life on a long-term basis because how you raise and respond to your child during the brain’s developing years determines which part of the brain is activated most.  Let me try to explain, in layman’s terms, some of the neuroscience behind this. The caveat being that I am not a neuroscientist myself.

The human brain is made up of distinct parts:

  • the brain stem or core reptilian brain
  • the limbic system or mammalian or emotional brain
  • the midbrain
  • the cortex or higher human brain, the thinking logical brain

The brain parts are connected by a network of nerves which all have their own special function.

During the brain’s development in the first five years of life, millions of brain connections are formed, unformed and reformed. Our experiences literally ‘sculpt’ our brains. This ‘sculpting’ activity is known to slow down around the age of 7.  The child’s brain development is affected by how you listen, how you play, how you cuddle, how you comfort, how you respond when are angry etc. As you respond to your child, the brain connections are made – the wiring is formed. When a baby is born, the more primitive reptilian brain is in control. The higher human brain (the thinking brain) is undeveloped at birth which is why the young child can be so easily overwhelmed by emotions and primitive responses. This is not your child ‘being naughty’ or ‘manipulating’ you. This is your child trying to cope. When a child experiences feelings such as fear, sadness or anger, this activates the lower part of the brain.

This means that the developing brain in the early years is very vulnerable to stress. However when the young child is in a stressful situation, if the parent is emotionally responsive, inside the brain, the relevant neural pathways develop so that the child is able to manage stressful situations. The more often this happens, the stronger the connections and the stress-regulating systems become more effective.

 

Fill your Christmas stocking

Before you get too caught up in the nativity plays and carol services, put yourself first. Have you thought about what you really want for Christmas? What would you love in your Christmas stocking? Many of the mums I talk to would love time to themselves, an hour with a good book or a long soak in a relaxing bath. What about you?

Fill up your own stocking first this Christmas because self-love and nurturing is more than ok, it’s essential. We learn that through the book over and over. And while you’re at it, fill the Christmas stocking with love for a friend too.

Here’s my Christmas offer for you – until 20 December, I am offering 3 copies for the price of 2 on The Confident Mother book. Buy today – keep one for you and you have two to give away as gifts to a friend, a sister, a cousin.

Enjoy.