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This podcast is for those of us who are parenting teenagers.
Cai Graham’s straight-talking insights and tools & techniques are designed to equip parents (and teenagers) with the tools for navigating adolescence.

The Parent & Teen Toolbox Cai Graham

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This podcast is for those of us who are parenting teenagers.
Cai Graham’s straight-talking insights and tools & techniques are designed to equip parents (and teenagers) with the tools for navigating adolescence.

    EP 67 - Hayley T Wheeler - Self Knowledge is Your Super Power

    EP 67 - Hayley T Wheeler - Self Knowledge is Your Super Power

    A quote I love : 

“To grow yourself - You must know yourself”
     
    Nowadays, there’s a lot of talk about personal development and understanding what makes us tick. But if I am brutally honest - sometimes this process can make us feel a bit uncomfortable. We don’t always like what we start to uncover … BUT when we start understanding ourselves better - we are more able to work out what our best next steps are.
     
    In this episode, I discuss with Hayley the importance of being honest with ourselves and accepting who we are (warts and all).
     
    She goes on to discuss how filling our Emotional Vessel with happy & productive feelings & thoughts, best equips us to deal with the challenges and expectations that everyday life throws at us. There are no ‘one-size fits all’ … and the real secret is listening to your own inner voice.
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Hayley :
    Hayley T Wheeler is the original EmotionMind Connection Therapist, an accidental author and motivational speaker. 
     
    Since getting to the other side of depression Hayley has helped 100’s of adults, children, and families improve their mental health with her EmotionMind Dynamic program.
     
    Hayley’s passion is to help adults, children, and families understand how emotions impact their choices to gain back control & happiness. 
     
    Her mission is to empower people to develop their superpower, self-knowledge, personal experience, and that of her clients, telling her that self-informed people make a better life, relationship, financial, business, and family decisions. 

    We send children to school, college, university to learn the professional skills to be productive members of society but no one teaches them how to be them. Hayley’s mission is to promote the power of self-knowledge to improve emotional and mental health.
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    Contacting Hayley :
    Contact Details:
W : www.hayleytwheeler.co.uk
    W: www.emotionminddynamic.co.uk
    T: 07966189084
    E: Hayley@hayleytwheeler.co.uk

    Social Media :
    F: Hayley T Wheeler
    T: @hayleytwheeler
    I: @hayleytwheeler
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    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily, and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
    ~~~~
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the long-term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 52 min
    EP 66 - Clare Ford - Helping Your Child Discover Their Path

    EP 66 - Clare Ford - Helping Your Child Discover Their Path

    Many of my 1-2-1 young clients are unhappy because they feel that their future is not clear. For teenagers, this is a big deal. They are trying to work out where they fit in and where they are heading. For those who do not have a clear-cut view of their future, this uncertainty can be very destabilizing.
     
    For many parents, this translates this to their kids lacking motivation and direction, which frustrates and scares them.
     
    In this episode - Clare and I discuss the importance of allowing our children to take the lead!
     
    You’ve heard the adage - “If you do what you love you'll never work a day in your life”.
     
    Once our kids know where they are heading - and they are fired up about it - then they will be able to identify the inspired actions they need to follow their dreams.
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Clare :
    Suicide rates are on the rise and mental health issues in our young people, the “lost generation”, are now the “silent” pandemic.  How do we support and raise their emotional literacy to guarantee their academic success?

    Clare is an author, speaker, coach, healer, tutor, and parent passionate about ensuring that children are "switched on" learners, accessing their natural gifts, abilities, and talents to unlock their true potential and live purposefully. 
     
    As an expert educator and award-winning wellbeing entrepreneur, Clare combines her unique skill set to support families around the world.

    Her passion and enthusiasm to get children and young people motivated and learning has been the catalyst for developing the Clever and Quantum Curricula in the Switched ON Academy.
    Clare is going to share how you can help your child “switch on” for success, increasing their confidence, creativity, and fulfillment.
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    Contacting Clare :
    Website: https://www.switchedonglobal.com

Social Media
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/clare-ford-switched-on-education-and-parenting-expert/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/ClareFordCoach
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/switchedonmum/
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/switchedoncollective
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
     
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
    ~~~~
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer-term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 46 min
    EP 65 - Getting Back to Normal After COVID

    EP 65 - Getting Back to Normal After COVID

    I read in the papers this weekend that experts were saying that
    “The challenges presented by the pandemic are so complex and wide-ranging, they cannot be solved by health and social care professionals alone,” he said.

    There is only so much doctors, nurses, psychologists, therapists and other healthcare professionals can do to support the estimated 10 million people needing mental health support as a direct consequence of Covid-19.”
     
    To be brutally honest - we need to help ourselves and support one another.
     
    As parents - we need to support or kids and give them the coping strategies that they need to navigate these uncharted waters.
     
    In this episode I offer 6 Tips to help you do just that :
    1. Acknowledge Your Feelings
    2. Let Go of Perfectionism
    3. Be Prepared
    4. Find Support
    5. Change the Narrative
    6. Always Wear Your Invisible Crown!
     
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    I mentioned a number of strategies that you can share with your children :
    Box Breathing : Coping with Anxiety and Panic Attacks :
    📍https://www.caigraham.com/boxbreathing

    Be Your Own Superhero : Building Your Confidence :
    📍 https://www.caigraham.com/superhero

    Beating the Negative Thinking : How to Think More Positively
    📍 https://www.caigraham.com/inner-critic

    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
    ~~~~
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 33 min
    EP 64 - Sandra Chuma - Dealing with Life’s Challenges in a More Productive Way

    EP 64 - Sandra Chuma - Dealing with Life’s Challenges in a More Productive Way

    When we talk about creating new habits, many of us think about setting unrealistic goals (or new year resolutions) which, invariably result in failure.

    We set such high expectations and then beat ourselves up when we don’t manage to follow through.

    But in this episode - Sandra helps us recognize that Habits are just a different way of thinking.

    Sandra explains that once we understand our own behavior better, we can create a M.A.P. for our own success, by creating steps for our ‘new’ behavior’s success :
    M : Motivation
    A : Ability
    P : Prompt

    We also discuss the difference between Meditation and Mindfulness, and by just being aware of our thoughts means that we don’t have to chase that allusive ZEN moment.

    Sandra explains that Habit forming is as easy as A.B.C.
    Want to know more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Sandra :
    Sandra Chuma is an entrepreneur, speaker, coach, podcast host, and award-winning documentary filmmaker. She believes that our greatest responsibility is to share our stories so we can inspire and create possibilities for others.  
     
    What’s her superpower? Helping you choose faith - in yourself, in the goodness of others, and in your power to make a difference in the world. Sandra’s passion is helping women realize they were meant for more, and to help them stop playing small!

    Raised in a tiny mud hut in Zimbabwe with no running water or electricity, Sandra has never been one to let circumstances define her. Through hard work, and support from her “village”, she became a management consultant, advising major global companies.
     
    She then went on to build two successful companies.
     
    You can reach Sandra through the following channels :
    Sandra IG - https://www.instagram.com/sandra.chuma/
    Sandra Website - https://sandrachuma.com
    Sandra FB - https://www.facebook.com/mssandrachuma
    Worthy IG - https://www.instagram.com/iamworthy.co/
    Worthy FB – https://www.facebook.com/worthybrand.co
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    * Coping with your BIG Emotions :
    Are you or your child struggling with big emotions at the minute? There’s a lot going on in our busy lives and sometimes it can be hard to process.
    I have a resource that offers you tools to combat :
    * Overwhelm
    * Stress
    * Anxieties
    * Tension
    Breathe Through Your Big Emotions
    📍 www.caigraham.com/breathe
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!

    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 51 min
    EP 63 - Amanda Chatzikonstantinou - Why Your Child Would Benefit From Having a Coach

    EP 63 - Amanda Chatzikonstantinou - Why Your Child Would Benefit From Having a Coach

    As our children are growing up, we often enlist the support of Piano Teachers and Swimming Teachers … experts who can teach our children the new skills that they need.

    So why are parents reluctant to reach out to a Life Coach when they feel that their kids are struggling? More to the point - why aren’t they looking for the experts to help their child BEFORE they are struggling?

    We want the best for our kids right?

    So what’s stopping parents from asking for the help that their children need? Life is tricky enough sometimes; especially when parents feel slightly out of their depth and are struggling themselves.

    In this episode, Amanda and I talk about coaching kids / young adults; and how with a few gentle tweaks the changes can be huge.

    We give parents an understanding about what to expect from a coach - and that it’s not a failure on their part to look outside the family for support. After all - parents weren’t taught these techniques at school.

    And to be honest - most teenagers aren’t really receptive to their parent’s well-meaning advice in the first place!
    So Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Amanda :
    "Amanda is a Master Certified Life & Wellness Coach specializing in coaching young adults through the stresses of transitioning to adulthood and struggling with life challenges.
     
    She has an undeniable passion to empower every young person to understand the power of the mind, their innate wisdom, and how to build a thriving future.
     
    Through her proven results-based coaching programs she equips her clients with essential life skills, effective goal setting tools, and stress management strategies to become confident, self- motivated, independent, and resilient adults.
     
    She continues to commit herself to make it her life mission for every young person to have a coach."
     
    You can reach Amanda at :

    Website : https://www.hellotrueself.com/

    Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/amanda.chatzikonstantinou
    ~~~~~
    * Coping with your BIG Emotions :
    Are you or your child struggling with big emotions at the minute? There’s a lot going on in our busy lives and sometimes it can be hard to process.
    I have a resource that offers you tools to combat :
    * Overwhelm
    * Stress
    * Anxieties
    * Tension
    Breathe Through Your Big Emotions
    📍 www.caigraham.com/breathe
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!

    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com
    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 52 min
    EP 62 - Laura Weston - Raising Financially Savvy Teens

    EP 62 - Laura Weston - Raising Financially Savvy Teens

    Teaching your child financial literacy is one of the best life skills you can teach your child.

    For some parents, money matters are not what springs to mind when they think of how best to support their children.

    However, Laura Weston believes that having a healthy credit rating is even more important than the big milestones we tend to associate with growing up - like moving into your first home.

    Our kids are no longer expected to have a ‘job for life. Conversely, they are now being encouraged to have a career portfolio - and a variety of income streams.
     
    We are talking about how best to equip our children for more financially stable adult life.

    In this episode, we discuss what parents can do to educate themselves and their children in understanding how to make your money work for you.

    Want to hear more? Then Grab a cuppa - and keep listening!
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    More about Laura Weston :
    “After enjoying a 20-year career with one of the World’s Largest Banks, Laura is the founder of a financial coaching business, Savvy Peacocks. Laura is also a co-parenting mother to 3 children and a 1 yr old puppy so it’s a good job she works best when she’s busy.
     
    Savvy Peacocks supports families to break down the taboo subject of money within the home through a collaborative learning approach for both parents and children. They have a mission to increase financial literacy across the UK through our future generations working with children as young as 5 yr old up to 21 yr olds.
     
    You can connect with Laura through :
    IG @Savvy_Peacocks and/or
    FB @savvypeacocks”
    E : hello@savvypeacocks.co.uk
    Podcast : Money Savvy Parents
    ~~~~~
    * Coping with your BIG Emotions :
    Are you or your child struggling with big emotions at the minute? There’s a lot going on in our busy lives and sometimes it can be hard to process.
    I have a resource that offers you tools to combat :
    * Overwhelm
    * Stress
    * Anxieties
    * Tension
    Breathe Through Your Big Emotions
    📍 www.caigraham.com/breathe
    If you are looking for support at a deeper level for your child, then please book a call with me. Invariably they might only need a couple of sessions. But if we can give our kids the tools to improve their emotional wellbeing NOW - then you’re more likely to alleviate the longer term damage to their mental health.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/teencall
    ~~~~~
    * Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
    All too often parents say to me :
    “My child won’t speak to me”
    or
    “I know something’s not quite right - but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”

Well, I have a resource for you.
    
Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
    It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!

    Details of all further podcasts can be found on my website :
    📍www.caigraham.com/podcast
    Please also have a look at my YouTube channel for additional support.
    📍 www.caigraham.com/youtube
    * If you need to get in touch - Please email me at toolbox@caigraham.com

    Music Credits : MBB : https://soundcloud.com/mbbofficial/happy

    • 48 min

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