The elf on the shelf day 8 to 14

I brought you days 1 to 7 last week, well today I’m bringing you days 8 to 14.

Day 8 naughty Elden was caught cavorting with Tinker Bell on the top of our Christmas tree.

elf on the shelf day 8

Day 9 Elden brought a cake pan with casts of his face and a Christmassy apron to wear when baking gingerbread after play school.

elf on the shelf day 9

baking gingerbread

baking gingerbread

Day 10 he was hanging out in the stockings.

elf on the shelf day 10

Day 11 he was on the wreath in the hall.

elf on the shelf day 11

Day 12 he was riding on the campervan in the living room.

elf on the shelf day 12

Day 13 he was in with the advent calendars and had brought an activity to do with Daddy that afternoon.

elf on the shelf day 13

Day 14 he was in his very own bath with some Christmassy bubblebath.

elf on the shelf day 14

 

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Counselling Skills level 2 almost complete

So, those of you who know me personally will know that 13 weeks ago I embarked on a new adventure, a journey if you will.

I started my counselling training.

My long term aim is to work my way through the levels and become an accredited counsellor. This, however, is a long, long journey.

But, the first leg is almost complete, bar my exam in January. Last week I handed in my portfolio. Blood, sweat and tears have gone into that folder of learning, self reflections, honest write ups and creative pieces.

This week I used the morning in class to start revision for the exam and then we sat a mock and did some course evaluation. Oh, and of course, we had a little Christmassy shin dig!

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As part of my revision for the exam I came across this poem from an anonymous mental health patient who was institutionalised over a number of years in Queensland, Australia. His words acknowledge that simply listening is sometimes enough. This is what this course has been all about. To be a counsellor isn’t to advise, or “rescue” or any of those things you might think a counsellor does (things I thought a counsellor did before I personally had counselling myself). The main thing a counsellor does is listen!

Listen

When I ask you to listen to me
And you start giving me advice,
You have not done what I asked.
When I ask you to listen to me
And you begin to tell me ‘why’ I shouldn’t feel that way,
You are trampling on my feelings.
When I ask you to listen to me
And you feel you have to do something to solve my problems,
You have failed me, strange as that may seem.
Listen! All I ask is that you listen;
Not talk, nor do – just hear me.
And I can do for myself – I’m not helpless
Maybe discouraged and faltering, but not helpless.
When you do something for me, that I can and need to do for myself,
You contribute to my fear and weakness.
But when you accept as a simple fact that I do feel what I feel,
No matter how irrational
Then I quit trying to convince you
And can get about the business of understanding
What’s behind this irrational feeling?
When that’s clear,
The answers are obvious and I don’t need advice.
Irrational feelings make sense when we
Understand what’s behind them.
Perhaps that’s why prayer works sometimes for some people;
Because God is mute, and doesn’t give advice to try and ‘fix’ things,
He/She just listens, and lets you work it out for yourself.
So please listen, and just hear me, and if you want to talk,
Wait a minute for your turn,
And I’ll listen to you.

Anon (taken from CPCAB Book – Counselling Skills and Studies,
Ballantine Dykes, Kopp and Postings).

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Listening and self reflection! So much self reflection. If I thought I knew myself 13 weeks ago I certainly know a lot more about myself now. Who I am, why I think the way I do, why I do the things I do, the stereotypes and prejudices I have, the skills I have, what I personally can bring to counselling, how I can help others. So much learning!

This has been the journey of a life time and I am honoured to have taken it with some very special people. People who 13 weeks ago I knew nothing of or about, and people who I have shared some of my most meaningful moments with. People I now call my friends.

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Really this is just the start of the journey. Like I say, there is a long road ahead. But I have thoroughly enjoyed the first part. Bring on level 3!

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Frozen sing-a-long DVD: review and giveaway

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Do you have a Frozen lover? We certainly do and when I was approached to review this Disney sing-a-long DVD from CG I was not going to refuse. Littlebit already knows all the lyrics from watching the film over and over and OVER again, listening to the CD in the car and playing on the karaoke app on her iPad but what a great learning opportunity. She can now watch the DVD and see the song lyrics with a cute snowflake bobbing along the bottom of the screen as she watches. Thus teaching her to recognise the words she already knows, in written form. Genius!

It’s also quite fun for Mummy to sing along too.

Littlebit was most enamoured by the DVD cover too, which is one of those 3D pictures that moves as you tilt the case, in this case Olaf makes a snow angel. CUTE!

You too can win yourself one of these fab sing-a-long DVD’s by entering the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Good luck!

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