by Christina Cran, Wee Seeds Founder
One of my lasting memories was hearing my son screaming as he left the hospital wing, his cries carrying back down the corridor to where I lay.
I was on the ward after being diagnosed with Type One diabetes. I’d been admitted and speedily hooked up to various drips, including insulin: the drug I would now have to self-administer for the rest of my life.
After two days, and some scary information sessions with the nurses, who showed me how to test my blood sugars, and self-inject insulin, I was sent home to start my new life as Type One diabetic.
I struggled mentally, physically and emotionally with this life-changing diagnosis, and, realising I had to help myself, I downloaded a meditation app I’d spotted. Within a month I could feel a real positive difference in my mental well-being.
It became clear that my hospital admission and illness had left Fin, our son, who was two and a half at the time, disrupted. Obviously, he hadn’t wanted to leave me in the hospital, but in the months that followed he started asking if I was going to die or be taken to hospital again.
I realised I had to do something to help him too but when I looked for a way to teach him the things I was learning through my meditation and mindfulness app there was nothing for his age-group. So I started thinking up fun ways to self-teach him breathing and mindfulness – and it helped. As well as helping him through my diagnosis, it’s helped him in other challenging situations, like starting school, arguments with friends, and it taught him the Super Power of his breath to focus and be calm.
It was from this that the idea for Wee Seeds was born.
We want to design and deliver tools to help parents and professionals plant the seeds of mindfulness, meditation and movement into preschoolers to help them with their emotional literacy, inner resilience and nurture positive mental well-being.
To help do this we’re crowdfunding to fund Wee Seeds first ever web-based-app. Can you help us grow? You can find out more below by clicking on the video below - and donate http://bit.ly/growingweeseeds
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