Two local ladies have dedicated the last three-and-a-half years to developing tools to help children to be the best that they can be, tackle obstacles with strength and confidence, handle those big emotions, chase their dreams and find their brave.
In the summer of 2017 Samantha Bell and Naomi Sharp met, and on New Year’s Eve of the same year, they began to write the first words of their book: Raising A Warrior. They wanted to find a way of combining their knowledge of personal development with their 40 years’ plus combined-experience of working with children and were absolutely thrilled when their book was finally published on 12th December 2019!
Raising A Warrior is divided into three parts:
- Part 1: Follows the fictional story of sisters, Lucy and Sarah, who have faced great tragedy in their lives. As the story unfolds, they each learn wisdom from life and new friends, discover hidden strengths, hope and opportunities, and heal their broken hearts.
- Part 2: Is the Children’s Activity Book, written through the voices of Lucy and Sarah, to better help young readers connect to it. It is filled with activities which each aim to teach the children a valuable life lesson.
- Part 3: Is the Adult’s Guide, which breaks down the activities and highlights the values and morals they are aiming to teach, and the motives behind each one.
Samantha and Naomi are continually dedicated to designing and creating a range of Bravery Tools to help children in the eight to 12 year age group. They also offer an online course, a ‘Bag Of Bravery’ and personalised clothing. It has always been extremely important to them that they provide tools that children can actively use, by and for themselves. After all, they are the captains of their ships.
Their book is available on Amazon and their range of Bravery Tools can be found in their shop: www.raisingawarrior.co.uk/bravery-tools.php.
It is about recognising what is right for your child, and family, at the point when they feel out of control.
You can read more about this in Samantha and Naomi’s ‘I’m Not Naughty’ Blog, at www.raisingawarrior.co.uk/Blog.php.
An activity to try out
One of the activities in their book is their Fire Drill.
You know those moments when your child is ready to burst and cannot get the words out, when everything has become too big, and you cannot reason with them or reach them? Well, they call these big outbursts and displays of emotion: Feeling-Fires!
This is why we designed the Feeling-Fires Fire Drill.
The first thing to do is set up your Fire Drill when all is calm, and when everybody is feeling rational and receptive. There would be no point trying to set it up in the middle of a fire! It doesn’t have to be anything too complicated – just three or four ‘safety-steps’ which outline what everybody needs to do when a Feeling-Fire starts to burn, including your child. For example:
- Your child may need five minutes in their room, on their own, with no pressure to do or say anything.
- Then they may need to come and have a hug from you.
- Then they might need to sit and watch a movie.
- The final stage may then be to have a conversation about what happened.