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A glorious collection of musings from founder and MaMa TIger, Rachel Davis. Because perspective is everything.

We are all connected.

wellbeing Jun 01, 2020

With so much hate being spewed from our media, it makes me so sad see that still so many people are still being judged, hated and are living in fear of those who still see separation.  They think they are separate from themselves, separate from other people and separate from their environment. 

When we understand that we are one. That we are all connected. That the same energy that runs through you, runs through me and runs through every living thing on this planet, you don't see colour, labels or even species. You just see love. You see God, in whatever form you choose - the Chi, the Force, the Tao, Life Energy, the Universe, or whatever the hell you want to call it - it doesn't really matter, for words cannot define it.  It just is. The all that is. You see beauty in everything and everyone around you and you simply wonder in awe at the perfection of it all. And when you truly understand this, you know that you cannot hurt another, an animal, or even your...

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Forget learning and focus on your child's wellbeing instead.

As many parents face sending their younger children back to school in uncertain times, I cannot help but wonder how much focus will be on the children's mental and emotional wellbeing and how much will be on getting them back to "normal," or catching up with the check boxes of curriculum needed, to get them back to where they "should" be.

Given the global and traumatic events of the last few months, it would be naive to assume that children can just go straight back to learning, without addressing the anxiety and emotional distress, that may well be held inside their bodies and their minds.  Let alone any stress suffered as their parents struggled to work and "homeschool."

Seeing their families frightened, changing routines, removing them from their friends and possibly even losing someone they loved will have a profound effect on how they think and feel about themselves, others and indeed the the world.  With negativity pouring from every news broadcast, even if they are...

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The "Difficult" Child.

parenting wellbeing May 27, 2020

One of the biggest pre-cursors to issues with mental and emotional health in later life is a child's early environment.  Recent research claims that 1 in 3 mental health issues are caused by adverse experiences in early childhood.   A child's wellbeing is so intrinsically linked to the wellbeing and mental health of their parents or any difficult experiences that they may have encountered.  Children can be labelled as "difficult, yet hyperactivity, tantrums, behavioural issues and emotional irregularity, can also be symptoms of mental and emotional distress.  The problem is, the moment we judge a child, we have lost any hope of helping them. Because judgement instantly kills connection.  

Dead.

But in the words of the great Wayen Dyer, "when we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change." Instead of thinking your child is difficult, how about thinking my child is having a difficult time?   As a previous sufferer of...

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Your Child's Wellbeing and Mindset, Starts with Yours

parenting wellbeing May 26, 2020

Before age 7, there is no critical factor and this means that they are absorbing absolutely everything into their subconscious as fact.   When we understand this as parents, we understand this, we can start to become super conscious and intentional about the way that we show up with our kids.  Our tone of voice, the language that we use and the expression on our faces, all communicates something to your child and this will subsequently become how they see themselves, affecting their sense of worthiness and self esteem for the rest of their lives. 

#mindset #wellbeing #parenting

 The "Raise a Tiger" Programme

Teaching mental and emotional wellbeing to parents and children aged 2-7 years, through original music and FUN!  No musical experience necessary.

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"It's literally the best thing I have ever done with my child!"  - Jordana Matsuda - Early Childhood Educator

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Introducing Gratitude to your Pre-Schooler

Mental and emotional wellbeing within families has never been so important and one of the simplest ways to increase this is through bringing gratitude into your daily lives.

For anyone familiar with a gratitude practise, it needs no explanation, but others may question why gratitude is so important for a child's wellbeing.  Well, regular gratitude is strongly linked with increased mental health, well-being and long term happiness and it allows our children to get some control over how they feel.   Now I don't know about you, but those are all things I most definitely want for my children. 

Practising gratitude works because all thoughts and emotions, as with everything in our world, are really just forms of energy and all emotions have a vibrational frequency.  And one that can be measured.  I'm sure it won't surprise you to hear that fear, anger, shame and indeed all negative feelings, are all at the low end of the chart.  Whereas peace, joy and...

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The Magic of Music and Mindset

music May 20, 2020

The Magic of Music with Rachel Davis, La La Tigers from Clare Ford  and the Home Learning Hub on Vimeo.

In this interview Rachel Davis of LaLa Tigers talks about the magic of music and mindset and how the incredible power of music can be used for teaching positive messages and life wisdom to younger children  in a way that they can understand and that will stay with them forever.

Music is an amazing vehicle for teaching all manner of things to children and we have been using music for centuries to teach them counting and  so why not use it to teach them how to live on purpose, how to live a life of courage and self-belief.

 The "Raise a Tiger" Programme

Teaching confidence and wellbeing to parents and children aged 2-7 years, through original music and FUN!  No musical experience necessary.

Join NOW  - 14 Days FREE TRIAL

"It's literally the best thing I have ever done with my child!"  - Jordana Matsuda - Early Childhood Educator

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They Can't Lock Up Your Mind.

Just when you thought you couldn't get any more locked up, lockdown continues, right?  But they can't lock up your mind.  

Sometimes the things that are our greatest trials are our greatest teachers.  When we look back at the things that have shaped us the most, it is rarely the things that have gone easy, or well.  In fact it's the same reason that the Chinese symbol for crisis, is exactly the same as it is for opportunity.  Often a crisis can force us out of the sleepwalk that we have been in and wake us up to new ways of doings things that are more in alignment with who we want to be as a person and as a parent.

The thing is, how you experience life is based on how you choose to perceive it.  Your mind is a terrible master, but a wonderful slave and you have so much choice in how you choose to think.  So today you have a choice ... and it's a big one.

You can choose to carry on doing the same thing, being the same way and going round and...

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Hyperactivity, meltdowns, unable to listen? Maybe music is the answer.

wellbeing May 11, 2020
 When children are suffering with trauma, ADD, anxiety or autism, simple daily chores can prove incredibly difficult for many.  The problem is, the symptoms can be similar, making it difficult to know how to handle them.  Strong emotions, hyperactivity and the inability to follow simple instructions can make leaving the house or, calming them down for bed, almost impossible.  Our family was no different.  And then one day, I was trying to tell one of my children something for the 15th time, when a song came on the radio ... and he just started singing it. I mean, it went straight in where my words had failed.  And that’s when I knew I had found a way in.  Initially I started writing songs just to help me out. You know, songs to get their shoes on, brush their teeth, or songs to calm them down for bed. But they worked SO quickly, I started to realise I could teach children so much more. You see music is a universal language. It goes straight...
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It's better to be a tiger for a day ...

parenting wellbeing May 07, 2020

If there is one thing I know for sure, it's that living in fear is not really living at all. I know, I spent years in fear, locked in my head and with negative feelings.   In fact in terms of biology, the moment our body goes into survival mode, any energy that was used for growth is diverted to survival, which is counter-productive to human health and our immune system.  I found out the hard way that there really are sociopaths and that these people look like everyone else.  These people have no empathy and do not have the best interests of you, or anyone else at heart.  They have their own agenda and it doesn't take into account you, or your family.  The use of fear to control is one of the oldest tricks in the book and is used so heavily in today's media as we are bombarded with negative or even fake news, images of perfection and anyone not seeming to fit the accepted mould is deemed unfit, unworthy, not enough. An outcast.  

FEAR.

And our...

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Teaching mental and emotional wellbeing to children, through music

music wellbeing Apr 20, 2020

Rachel Davis, from LaLa Tigers, teaches valuable life wisdom to parents and children through music and fun, whilst helping children believe that they can. Rachel says "Self esteem and confidence in children often starts with the little things, like getting their shoes on and brushing their teeth and feeling good about it.  But when we teach children in a playful way, we can also show them that there are always creative ways to approach everything, including life.   If we can use music to teach them about numbers, then why not teach them incredibly coping strategies for living and about mental and emotional health.  I use songs and play to introduce things such as mindfulness, how to trust their inner vision and to help children understand that  they are enough.  Our internal world of thoughts and feelings affects our whole lives and all belief systems are formed before age 7.   We then use these beliefs on a mostly subconscious basis, to run...

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