To quote Karen Horney “The perfect normal person is rare in our civilisation”. As a self-proclaimed perfectionist I am acutely aware as to how exhausting and unfulfilling this can be. Also, as a dad to two boys I wanted to chat with an expert on perfectionism and how we can gain some tips and tactics to help children navigate the world we live in which puts perfectionism and relentless work ethic on a pedestal. So if you have suffered with perfectionistic tendencies, have children who you think are showing signs of perfectionism or work with children in schools or sports teams then my guest today provides some great content in identifying and managing this personality trait. Dr Thomas Curran is a British Psychological Society chartered social psychologist with a primary area of expertise on the personality characteristic of perfectionism, how it develops, and how it impacts on mental health.  Tom has done a fantastic TED talk titled “our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse. In my chat with Tom we cover how perfectionism is a cultural phenomenon,  the difference between excellence and perfectionism, and discuss perfectionism in relation to the school system and social media and much more! So without further ado please welcome Dr Thomas Curran.

Resources

Tom Twitter: @thom_curran

Tom TED Talk:  Our dangerous obsession with perfectionism is getting worse

Tom website: Thomas Curran

Book recommendation: The neurotic personality by Karen Horney

Animation recommendation: What's Up With Everyone? - Perfectionism

Message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children: "you are who you are and the person who you are is unique to you"

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Maria Montessori once said that “Education is acquired not by listening to words, but by experiences”. From a personal standpoint I can fully resonate with this quote having two young boys and watching them blossom through experiential learning.  The pandemic and lockdowns have thrown up challenges for children to continue experientially learning with passive screen time being a real issue.  Out of this potential dark place shines a light that I discovered  over lockdown.  This bright light was called Cosmic Kids which is yoga for children, created and presented by the fantastic Jaime Amor! Jaimes’s backstory is fascinating having started off as an actor, then working as a children’s entertainer before qualifying as a yoga instructor.  Jaime’s assorted background has led to her creating Cosmic Kids which tells stories through Yoga and demonstrates an engaging , active and experiential way for children to physically move, learn about emotions, develop bodily awareness, all whilst having oodles of fun!  There is a serious, important theme that does run through Cosmic Kids in that it is developing children’s implicit learning as to how to be mindful and not mindless and in today’s passive social media consumption society, this is more important than ever.   In today’s chat Jaime spoke to how she uses stories to engage children, seeing the world through a child’s eyes, healthy active screen time, mindfulness. vs. mindlessness,  and the importance of children being connected to themselves vs. being disconnected. Jamie was a pleasure to have on the podcast and her energy and enthusiasm were infectious and I challenge you to not listen to this without a big, massive smile on your face!  So, without further ad, please welcome Jaime Amor from Cosmic kids! 

Resources

Instagram Cosmic Kids: cosmickidsyoga

Twitter Cosmic Kids: @CosmicKidsYoga

Cosmic kids website: Cosmic Kids

YouTube Cosmic Kids: Cosmic Kids Yoga - YouTube

- Book recommendation – Eastern Body for the Western Mind by Anodea Judith

- Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children: stay calm, keep breathing and think positive

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I wanted to share a wonderful quote on physical literacy from Margaret Whitehead which reads “We shouldn’t be trying to make star athletes. Rather, we should mark the progress of our children’s journey’s. That way all children have the chance to lead a fully embodied life, no matter their abilities or physique, whether they like to be outside, or like sports. The intellectual, social and physical development of children are intertwined.”  So far on the podcast I have spoken to visionaries within the field of physical education, and it feels that a gradual paradigm shift is occurring in what it means for children to be physically educated, far removed from the outdated views of discipline and competition.  One of my previous guests Shaun Dowling, in episode 7, spoke of how the profession is going through its most significant catalytic time in the last 100 years.  If you are interested in what the future of physical education should look and sound like, then this episode delivers in spades. My guest today is very much at  the forefront of the narrative for continual evolution of the physical education curriculum.  Greg Dryer is a highly respected leader and authority in the field of physical education with a refreshing, positively contrarian viewpoint as to what constitutes a PE curriculum that is inclusive and available to all young people, irrespective of gender, culture, or race.  It is fair to say that Greg has been around the proverbial block when it comes to physical education, having been head of PE at three London schools and the brainchild for the School of Education, Centre for Physical Education, Sport and Activity at Kingston University.  In today’s episode we talked about how physical activity can enhance life quality, finding connections with a movement environment, what assessment looks like in physical education, the notion of commercialised sport vs. youth sport and much more. I was honoured to have this conversation with Greg, and I hope you enjoy absorbing his knowledge and wisdom. So, without further ado please welcome Greg Dryer.

Resources:

- Instagram Greg: greg_dryer and miMove

- Twitter Greg: @Greg_Dryer

Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “Just do it for the love of it”

Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing! 

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To quote my guest today “Let’s not just simply exist but instead flourish in existence and I believe  physical activity to be an integral part of this”. Speaking from my personal experience as a physiotherapist, I have heard hundreds, if not thousands of times how many of my inactive adult patients have had a negative experience of physical education, which likely played a role in the life course of their participation in physical activity.  If you are anything like me, you may be curious as to why PE has historically been such a polarising subject with some children flourishing and others loathing the experience.  To unravel this polarity and also provide future solutions to tackle the inequities in physical education design, I invited along Liz Durden-Myers who is a senior lecturer in physical education.  Today’s episode zoom’s into how a physical literacy informed PE curriculum can encourage all children to flourish, not just the privileged few. Within our chat we covered a whole host of topics and took a deep dive into the 3 pillars of physical literacy, in monism, existentialism, and phenomenology and how we can use these philosophical underpinnings to shape a curriculum that unlocks every child’s embodied potential.  I hope you enjoy this episode as much as I enjoyed recoding it! So without further ado, please welcome Liz Durden-Myers.

Resources:

- Twitter Liz: @LizDurdenMyers

- Book recommendation – Physical Literacy Through the Life Course by Margaret Whitehead, The Genius of a Natural Childhood by Sally Goddard Blythe, Intelligence in the Flesh by Guy Claxton

- Message in a bottle - "Life is a marathon not a sprint, invest in you and your environment and the environment of others and prioritise the things that make you feel alive and make us human and capitalise on your own embodied  potential.  Lets not just simply exist but instead flourish in existence and I believe physical activity to be an integral part of this"  

Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing! 

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As the great Lionel Messi once said, “It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success”. Lionel Messi is one of the greatest footballers of all time but was a classic late maturer in football and a rare exception to the rule of the early maturer bias in the world of youth sport.  Before we get into today’s episode, I want you to think whether you have ever personally experienced or even witnessed second-hand children playing sport against other children that look physically older than their age group? Have you wondered how this could be? Well, my episode today not only provides an answer to this question but also a solution to even up the playing field.  In this episode I chat with Sean Cummin who is internationally recognised as a leading expert on the subject of growth and maturation in sport and exercise.  In today’s conversation we explored a whole host of topics including the relative age effect, biological maturity, early specialisation, the female athlete triad, and bio-banding. Now, although sport is the main theme, I don’t want you to put off by this if you are non-sporty, as Sean’s principles can also be applied to parents who want to learn about the changes that their children will be experiencing during the growth and maturation phases. So, with all that said, let’s get into today’s episode with Sean Cummin.

Resources:

- Twitter Sean: @phd_sean

- Book recommendation – Growth and Maturation in Physical Activity by Robert Malina,  Little girls and pretty boxes by Joan Ryan

Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing! 

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As the great Albert Einstein once said “I never teach my pupils, I only provide the conditions in which they can learn”. Classroom based learning in my opinion separates the body from the mind, whereas moving the classroom outside creates all sorts of new learning experiences for children in a variety of subjects.  My guest today founded a company initially named Maths of the Day in 2015, latterly to be re-branded as Teach Active in 2019 as it is known today. Jon Smedley gave birth to the idea of delivering the primary Maths and English curriculum through physical activity after his work in a school with poor Maths attainment and enjoyment towards the subject.  Fast forward to today and Jon has grown Teach Active to 3500 lesson plans reaching 1000 schools and along the way has picked up some awards including the Education Resources Award for Resource or Equipment of the year and The Education Show Award for School Resources and Equipment for Learning at the Bett Awards.  In Today’s conversation Jon explains all about Teach Active and how it can save teachers hours of time, which for the packed national curriculum is a bonus, how the active lessons allow for greater retainment  and recollection of information if learning is put into a game, and some wonderful, unexpected by-products including improved social skills, team-work, resilience, collaboration, improved behaviour and wanting to come to school!  So without further ado I have great pleasure in introducing Jon Smedley.    

Resources:

- Teach Active website: Teach Active - Active Maths & English Lessons

- Instagram: Teach Active: teachactive

- Twitter Teach Active: @TeachActive

- Book recommendation – Teaching With the Brain in Mind – Eric Jensen,  Spark - Jon Ratey.

Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children Active humans do better".

Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing! 

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To quote Daniel Goleman “If your emotional abilities aren’t in hand, if you don’t have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can’t have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far”. I am a firm believer that emotional IQ is key for healthy relationships. We have all met someone who is highly intelligent but lacks emotional intelligence and can struggle to express their emotions or function socially. Imagine if we could educate children early on to become aware of and manage their emotions! Although this is rose tinted glasses thinking, I feel a lot of the worlds conflicts could be lessened if people’s emotional IQ was elevated. I read a fantastic book titled “The Emotionally Health Child” and reached out to the author to get her on the podcast as I want  you to get the same knowledge as I gained. My guest today is Maureen Healy who is an expert, award winning-author and sought-after speaker on how to improve children’s emotional health. Maureen has a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology and with 15+ years of experience has guided 1000’s of parents and their children towards better emotional health. Maureen has also worked with educators globally providing keynote talks throughout North America, Europe and Asia and writes a popular blog  for Psychology Today. In today’s conversation we covered a whole host of topics, including how to identify emotions and express them constructively, how early we can teach emotional health to children, understanding how the left and right side of the brain work for emotional health, what parents can do to teach children emotional health and much much more! Maureen has a fantastic ability to provide immediate actionable tips for parents, teachers and coaches to manage children’s emotions and I’m excited for you to hear her worldly wisdom! So, without further ado please enjoy my conversation with Maureen Healy.    

Resources:

- Growinghappykids.com

- Instagram Maureen: maureendhealy

- Twitter Maureen: @mdhealy

- Maureen's Books: Books by Maureen Healy

Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “You are loved and you matter”

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As H.E. Luccock once said “No one can whistle a symphony. It takes a whole orchestra to play it”. Today’s guest is a Professor of Physical Activity Education at Edge Hill University who has worked on research in schools to create effective solutions to children’s inadequate physical activity levels with emphasis on the power of the collective vs. the individual. Stuart Fairclough has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, supervised 18 PhD students, and raised over £0.5 million in external grant funding.  Stuart has also co-edited the newly commissioned Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity.  In today’s conversation we discussed the use of the double diamond approach to optimise both divergent and convergent thinking when implementing change in school physical activity, how exercise intensity can play a role in cardiorespiratory fitness and the role the physical environment can play in opportunities for children to free play.  So, if you are looking at ways to implement change in children’s physical activity within your community, school, or household then there is something in this conversation for you.  So, without further ado, please enjoy my chat with Professor Stuart Fairclough.

Resources

Stuart's website: Stuart Fairclough, PhD – Professor of Physical Activity Education

Twitter: @PhysActivityEd

Book recommendations – 1. Psychology for Physical Educators by Yves Vauden Avweele et al. 2. Routledge Handbook of Youth Physical Activity by Timothy Brusseau, Stuart Fairclough and David Lubans.

Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children  – “Appreciate what you have and use it for better well-being and every move counts”

Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing! 

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As John Dewey once said “ If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s,  we rob them of tomorrow”.  My guest today is a Physical Education teacher of  15+ years and someone who is constantly looking to innovate and learn about how to improve the life chances of children in school. Neil Moggan currently works as Director of Sport, Health and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education at the city academy Norwich and alongside his colleagues have achieved many accolades including a Gold Award in 2019/20 for Healthy Schools from the Department of Education and the quality mark from the Association for Physical Education. This is a school whereabouts exam results improved from 20 pupils achieving 40% A-C grades to 89% of 100 pupils achieving equivalent grades 4 years after intervention. So how does Neil and his team create such a great educational environment? In todays chat we discussed Neil's collaborative approach with staff and students to tackle obesity, how the design of school sport should be targeted to individual needs and not school needs and how children’s mental health is monitored and allowed to flourish and much much more. So, if you are looking to encourage children to be the best they can be, then this chat will tick that box.  So, without further ado, please enjoy my conversation with Neil Moggan.

Resources:

- Twitter Neil: @@futureaction1

- Future Action: Future Action Health Education Solutions

- Book recommendation – The Four Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chaterjee

Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “you have unlimited potential and keep taking baby steps towards your goals”

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To quote the amazing Brene Brown “Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success and people who wade into discomfort and vulnerability and tell the truth about their stories are the real badasses.” My guest today not only encapsulates both of these sayings but his story from childhood to being on the brink of competing at the Tokyo Olympics is one full of bravery, self-reflection, emotion, and inspiration. In today’s chat with my guest Brendan Creed we covered a whole host of topics about Brendan’s life from challenges in his childhood,  to his deep love of hockey, how he deals with constructive criticism, the power of imperfection and the power knowing your true self.  There is something in this conversation for everyone working with children and if it does resonate with you then please copy the episode link and share with colleagues, friends and family as we need to hear more messages and stories from people like Brendan! So, without further ado I have the pleasure and excitement to present Brendan Creed.

Resources:

- Instagram Brendan: brendancreed18 

- Twitter Brendan: @CreedBrendan

- Book recommendation – The Culture Code by Dan Coyle

Answer to my question on what would you put in a message in a bottle to promote physical activity in children “learn by doing and learn by mistakes”

Once again thank you for taking the time to listen. If you enjoyed todays conversation, please leave a review on Apple Podcasts/iTunes as well as sharing with a friend or colleague who you think would benefit from the episode. It’s been great to hang out with you today and as always keep believing, moving, and growing! 

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