Everybody's journey has been touched and shaped, at one time or another, by the bravery, kindness, strength, honesty, persistence or achievement of somebody else. To feel such awe and admiration is truly magical...and we wanted to share these moments with you.
Life can be full of tough topics and tricky conversations - experiences that may be ignored by some but lived by others. Self-mastery is not the absence or avoidance of these experiences - rather, it is facing them with bravery. Here is a safe space for children to share with us their own stories, and for us to learn from these 'child-teachers'. These tricky conversations can be carried out with more ease using truth, openness and sensitivity.
We used the term 'no-nonsense' because life is real - 'stuff' happens. But, as a tribe, we can empower, grow courage, and help our warriors to find their inner strength - the part of us that is untouchable, unbreakable. The part that carries us through those times that ask us to be more than we ever believed we could be.
Keep scrolling down to read these awe-inspiring stories.
Thank you so much.
My Bravery Animal: Children’s Mental Health Week 2021 Competition
It’s competition time again! We are so excited!
Once again, Raising A Warrior will be supporting Place2Be: one of the UK’s leading charities, which focuses on improving children’s mental health.
Each year they run Children’s Mental Health Week, to help promote and raise awareness of this worthy cause. This year, it will be held from Monday 1st February to Sunday 7th February. The theme is: EXPRESS YOURSELF, and children will be encouraged to find different ways of expressing their feelings, thoughts or ideas through creativity.
We love it, and can’t wait to run this competition. But, we also wanted to incorporate Raising A Warrior’s mantra: ‘I Found My Brave’.
SO, WHAT IS THE COMPETITION?
- We would like your children to think about their BRAVERY ANIMAL. This could be an animal that they think is brave, a brave animal that they would like to be, or an animal that they turn to when they need to feel brave.
- Next, we would like your children to draw/paint; OR take a photograph of; OR write a poem about this animal.
- No pressure to do so, but we would love your child to also add a sentence or two about why they chose that animal.
HOW DO YOU ENTER?
- Simply send an email to the address below. (All entries will be digital to keep everybody as safe as possible).
- The closing date for the competition is Sunday 28th February 2021. We will then be collaborating with our Guest Judges (the amazing Cheryl Lee-White and Carol Marshall), and choosing a winner out of each category: DRAWING/PAINTING; PHOTOGRAPHY; POETRY.
- One winner from each category will receive some Raising A Warrior goodies! We will also be choosing an overall winner who will receive our Bag Of Bravery.
Good luck! We can’t wait to start receiving your children’s entries!
Lots of love,
Naomi and Sam
My Bravery Animal: Competition Entries 2021
K: Aged 8
"My Rescue doggy Luna, who helps me Self regulate and helps with putting pressure on me"
I: Aged 8
"Horses have helped me find my brave and red was the horse that was the first to start my Journey and now I have more Confidence and can talk in school"
L: Aged 4
A: Aged 8
H: Aged 13
How I Learn: Competition Entries 2020
"I have Bat Powers"
"I have been using my bat power and listening to lots of different YouTubers telling me different ideas and tricks so I could learn how to ride my new skateboard. When I am using my skateboard I remember all the different things that the YouTubers were telling me what to do and I remember there voices . I like listening to my favourite YouTubers and all the fun things they get up to..daddy told me where to stand and how to stand up .my sister told me how to use it in our house and how to be safe. Now I have a skateboard and I’m learning my own tricks."
A: Aged 8
Children's Mental Health Week 2019
How I Found My Brave: Competition Entries
There was a bully at school that made me & friends really scared so i went to the teacher and told her because I thought that maybe he was having a really hard time or really sad to make him do bad things. I told the teacher and I talked to the boy. He doesn’t bully so much now and if he does then i go and ask him what’s wrong and not be so scared because i was brave and have already done it before and it helped us all.
A: Aged 7
I have recently had to 'find my brave'. Three important people close to me have died in recent years. Firstly, my grandma and granddad's dog Breeze died: this was difficult for me because I wont be able to see him again and he was my friend since I was born. A year later, Anna my dwarf hamster died: I wasn't expecting this to happen, and it still makes me cry now when I think of her and look at a picture of her. Then last April, our close friend Beth died suddenly. She was 26. We were waiting for her to arrive at our house, and she never came. We found out that she had died. I wasn't expecting that either. I never talk about her dying even though mummy explained to me what happened, and I haven't wanted to have a picture of her up at home because it makes me upset. I wish that she was still here because I miss playing with her. I miss her doing make-up with me. I miss riding in her black mini with her (she used to watch my swimming lessons). I liked her doing my hair. She was a really nice person and I know that she loved me. If I had a big sister, I would have wanted Beth to be mine. So I have started to find my brave a bit more, by joining in more when mummy talks to me about her. By remembering the things that we loved about her. And by arranging to meet up with her dog 'Yoda' and Beth's mummy. I think Beth would like to think of me playing with Yoda for her. I am proud of myself for being brave although it is really hard.
I: Aged 8 1/2
I saw her, she was up to something. My heart was pounding and my head was spinning I felt like I was in the washing machine. She had made my life difficult I was about to start a new chapter and I was not going to let her ruin things again. She walked up to me I knew what she was going to do. I had words flying around in my head I needed to pick the right combination to shut her up forever. I was thinking and thinking and thinking and then it struck me I knew how I was going to make her stop me feel like this. I prepared myself, going over what I was going to say and just before she could say anything I said, "I don't care if you're mean to me because I have nice friends who will stick up for me and you don't. And because of that, I actually feel sorry for you." I was wondering if that was what I should of said. But, to my surprise, she walked away. I caught a glimpse of her face and it was glowing crimson red. I had won! And this is the bravest I have been.
S: Aged 12
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