My name is Heather and I’m Mum to my miracle little boy Isaac, who is now 10 years old. Isaac has ADHD and is also on the autism spectrum. We live in Blackburn, Lancashire.
I am also the founder of Mindset and Me, created to help Isaac and others like him. So a bit about me and how it started… With the business I do, I have been introduced to the New Thought philosophy of the Law of Attraction and mindset, and completed courses and training which have helped me immensely with how I look at life and react to things, along with my confidence growing. It has helped me greatly in my business, and home life, and to overcome traumatic things that have happened to me in my past that I am now able to deal with and talk about.
Seeing Isaac suffer with low self esteem, low self love and worth, often coming home saying he was stupid or thick and no one likes him, broke my heart. I knew I had to do something to change this. I started to implement affirmations in Isaac’s daily life by reading to him how Law of Attraction can work and doing the affirmations every morning before school reading and shouting them out together.
This really has helped Isaac and we saw a massive switch in his behaviour and, at school as well as at home, his confidence and outlook on life.
I then bought him a children’s Law of Attraction book, which we read together every day. He wanted to share this, so he did a Facebook Live on my profile. This reached over 5k views and he was thrilled to say the least! We had so many messages from other parents saying how their children were also struggling with the same sort of mindset and asking if we could also help them. It truly upsets me to see children suffer like this and we need to do something to help.
This is where my idea came from and Mindset and Me was born. Isaac wanted to be involved and he came up with the logo. I am super-proud of him and this business is as much his as it is mine. It’s time to make a difference in the world.
The flash cards and other merchandise will help children and adults alike. You can either read them all together or pick one card to concentrate on per day. An affirmation is anything you say or think about yourself. All of our self-talk, both negative and positive, are affirmations. When children are prone to constantly saying and thinking negative things about themselves, they will need to retrain their brains to think more positively. They can do this through practising positive affirmations. Our brain processes all information on the spot, it takes everything we say and think literally. The brain doesn’t distinguish between real and fantasy. This is why scary movies scare some people even though they know what’s happening is not real. Therefore, when kids repeat positive affirmations, their brain receives them as the truth.
Regularly reciting positive affirmations can override negative thoughts some children may have. This can then reprogramme their brains to think more positive thoughts. The more we say or think something, the more likely we are to believe it. If we can get children to focus on more positive things then they are less likely to define themselves based on their negative self-talk.
During the school holidays is normally tough because of the lack of routine and then the hard times leading into going back to school, but this summer holiday we are going to do lots of mindfulness activities, including breathing exercises and making it fun. We are also introducing our first Mindset and Me online five-day mindfulness holiday club, which I am super excited about.
I feel so strongly about this as children need to have that confidence boost, to be inspired, taught the importance of self-love, love of others and responsibility. Mindset is everything – it can help children develop and learn NOT to give up. We want our children to be confident, resilient, and develop high self esteem and ambition to achieve anything they want to in life.
Seeing the change in Isaac, in return this has made home life so much happier. To see my son smile and act upon the affirmations he was learning made my heart melt; it gave me a great sense of happiness that I was able to help him as his mummy. We still do work every single day as it’s always an ongoing process with mindset, it’s not just a quick fix. I work on mine every day still. Doing the activities together has brought us even closer – a true bond. It’s an activity that is ours and now we help others together too.