#100 Happy Days 4 Kids

Join the movement today!

For us here at the Child Psychology Institute, we are passionate about getting children outdoors, bringing families together, increasing communication and connection, and raising awareness around child development. Globally, we are currently experiencing the highest rates of childhood mental health issues in history, including anxiety, depression and self-harm and this includes children as young as 5. The Child Psychology Institute was launched in 2021 as a direct response to the growing need for parents and those working with children to become educated and empowered with effective strategies that will make a meaningful difference in the lives of our children…and therefore future generations. This is why we’re launching the amazing #100happydays4kids campaign!

But hey, although the problem itself is heavy, the solutions are actually simple. They already are the small moments in each and every day. They are concepts like messy play, free play, risky play, fantasy play, cooking together, talking together, reading together, creating together, being together. It’s all about bringing things back to basics. There are no age limitations on play so please loosen those responsibility ties…set a timer if you really struggle being childlike and get on the floor, get messy, get silly and have fun!

As a parent, teacher or anyone else who works with children, please know the activities outlined in these days might seem simple but there is a small section on each page describing the psychological rationale behind their effectiveness. On September 23rd 2021, we are starting our #100happydays4kids movement together and make the most of the last 100 days of 2021. When the evenings get shorter, we often struggle to figure out how to engage children. Our advice: turn off all technology, including your own, and get stuck into any of these 100 activities! You will enjoy it as much as the smallies.

How to get involved? It’s easy!
To help you get involved we have a couple of different options to suit every budget and the different needs each family may have.
You can order the #100happydays4kids pack online *(Insert link to pack) This will include the #100happydays4kids book, activity book to help keep track of where you are in the challenge, stickers, a bookmark, a white t-shirt, and fabric markers. 
We have an ebook version available here *(Insert link to pack), this will be super handy if you are out and about as you can access the ebook on any mobile device, tablet or computer and there is a free printable version of the activity pack for you to download and print off.
If you don’t want to purchase the activity pack or the ebook, you can also download the free activity book here and print it off. We will be going through each activity on Instagram each day, we will provide a detailed explanation of how to carry out each task with your family and how to adapt it to meet the needs of children of all ages. 
When you are ready to get started, you can start at the first activity in the book (#kidsday1), check out our Instagram page @child_psychology_institute throughout the 100 days to get ideas and inspiration for different activities and for a chance to win some really cool prizes. 
We have a two nights family break at a family-focused hotel up for grabs, a Jumbo Bean 
Bag worth €160 from Elephant Living , a bundle from World of Wonder, a Halloween hamper filled with lots of goodies and vouchers from Innocent Smoothies. 
To enter the competition, upload a picture to Instagram with the hashtag #100happydays4kids of you and your family getting involved in the activities from the book, the more pictures you upload of your experiences the more opportunities you have to win.
By joining the #100happydays4kids movement today, you will have the tools to have a real impact on your children’s happiness and on the overall well-being of your family.
As you progress through the days, you will be provided with simple steps to follow one-by-one. You will also find out about the evidence base that supports your engagement in each step and what the benefits will be for your family’s well-being.
If you’d like to learn more about our online courses, workshops and training, please head to  https://childpsychologyinstitute.ie/online-cpd-courses/ and follow us on Instagram @child_psychology_institute
Enjoy every minute of your family’s journey!
Love, Lorraine and all the team at CPI

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