In this second episode of a 2-part special, expert guest, Dr Pooky Knightsmith, talks more about the importance of self-care and looking after yourself when you’re supporting a distressed child at home.
Pooky is autistic; a late diagnosis has helped her to thrive following many years of anorexia, depression, and anxiety. She has a PhD in child mental health from the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She is the author of several books and is a former chair of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Coalition. Pooky is also a Director at Creative Education Limited and at Pooky Knightsmith Associates.
Pooky recommends the book Thrive by Arianna Huffington.
Pooky also shares three tips during this and her previous episode:
1. Focus on sleep; both the quantity and the quality of sleep.
2. Find someone or something to offload to and share how you’re feeling.
3. Give yourself permission to laugh, both with your child and independently.
The My Family Coach podcasts covers every aspect of children’s behaviour, all in handy 15 minute (ish) bite-sized chunks. Each episode features a new guest chatting about a different aspect of behaviour and leaves you with three handy tips to use at home.