Parents’ Life Hacks

Being a parent is not easy, everyone needs a little support sometimes. On this page we will include items from the Wrexham Healthy Schools Team (amongst others) to support you as a parent and as an individual. We hope you will find this page useful, but if you think we are missing something, please email school on or call in and see Miss Jesson. Thanks

Our first post is about….

Surviving Christmas!!!!!

“Forget merry and bright, for many of us the festive season can feel overwhelming, exhausting and stressful. Whether you have a history of mental illness or not, Christmas can be tough – hordes of people around you seemingly having a good time when you feel distant, feeling alone on the big days or remembering loved ones who are no longer with you. But, if you’re finding things hard this Christmas, perhaps the first thing to remember is that many others feel the same, you’re not alone.” Wrexham Healthy Schools Team

Tips for good mental health over the festive season

  • Poor nutrition can exacerbate symptoms so make sure you eat regularly throughout the day, drink plenty of water before a party or other social event and if you’re drinking alcohol, do it responsibly.
  • Christmas party season can throw all your normal routines into disarray but if you do things regularly that you know keep you feeling good, like a morning run or some mindfulness,try to make time for them and keep them up.
  • If you are anxious, go to parties or social events early on, before they get too busy.
  • Take a friend or colleague you trust along to social events if you feel anxious.
  • Be sensitive if people are reluctant to join in. Ask them how you could help them enjoy the festivities more.
  • If someone you know is too anxious to come out at all, offer to go round with some mince pies instead, and bring some of the festivities to them.
  • For people hosting Christmas parties, try to organise an area that’s quieter and away from the music.

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Practical tips:

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Party games

This was sent to us by one of our suppliers – we accept no responsibility for accidents or arguments caused by the family games in this leaflet! 🙂

The Little Book of Christmas Classroom Games

Information for every day

how-to-manage-stress MIND publication

how-to-talk-to-children-about-terrorist-attacks-parent-and-carer-information-sheet-english_ver_4 (1) There is lots of information on the website, this is a very simple guide.


See the source imageGetting families to put down their tablets and phones and talk to each other can be hard, but one restaurant chain is trying to persuade them.

In a trial scheme parents willing to hand over their devices to restaurant staff will get free children’s meals.

Frankie & Benny’s said figures showing children want parents to spend less time on their phones and more time talking to them, prompted the idea.

During the “No Phone Zone” promotion, which runs from 29 November to 7 December, Frankie & Benny’s will give families a box in which they can leave their devices.

Full of little ideas to keep your Christmas fun – take a look at The Little Book of Christmas Classroom Games