What motivates us?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Yesterday I talked about my origin story for starting BraveHeart and something that came up for me was just how fascinating it is that we are all so different. When I was a middle manager in a large Corporate motivating staff to work well was a daily focus. Now as a parent of teenagers motivation […]

Blame my brain!

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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There’s been so much written about how our brains develop and work over the last few years. Some of which I have found SO helpful in understanding my children and now adolescents. Today I thought I’d share some of these models with you, particularly the ones that are helpful for schools, organisations and parents/carers working […]

What is within your power?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve been thinking and wrestling recently with what I have control over in my life. There are many things we can’t control. We can’t control how others behave and how the feel. We can influence and I believe we can play a part in changing people’s experience of something. However, at the end of the […]

5 things I wish my teachers knew

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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My adopted daughter is now 18 and in her second year of college. Today we were discussing her experiences in school since starting in Primary and we came up with the 5 things she’d like teachers to know – whether in Primary, Secondary or College. These are her words…. People are important. I had a […]

School Refusers

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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One of the most challenging and frustrating areas for both parents/carers and educators to navigate is the school refuser. This is something we talk about often in our support group with other adopters as it is a constant daily challenge to get our children into school or college. This doesn’t seem to get easier for […]

Post 16 support

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’m just sitting in the foyer of a hotel in Liverpool waiting to deliver my seminar to 60 further education professionals. Post 16 is a challenge for lots of young people but even more so for vulnerable young people who are struggling in so many areas of their lives. Two of our children are in […]

Instant Family

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I went to watch a film at the cinema last week. This was a film I’d been looking forward to seeing for months. The trailer was really funny, seemed realistic and I have even shared it at an adoption and fostering event, as well as recommending to all my friends. The film I’m talking about […]

The pain you can’t see

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve experienced back pain on and off for the last 20 years. Sometimes it’s unbearable, most the time I’m conscious of it and occasionally I forget that I am prone to back pain. This last week it has been very painful and even though it’s not that obvious to look at me, when you see […]

Think outside the box

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Poor mental health, high anxiety levels and generally living life at a stressful speed is taking its toll. On my travels around schools and with other adoptive parents I’m noticing the need for more creative ways to manage our own mental health, as adults, as well as the children and young people we care for. […]

When does control move to influence?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I’ve just come back from a two day parenting teens course with lots of great, inspiring and challenging thoughts in my mind. One is around control and influence. When my children were younger we (the adults) felt in control of their behaviour and to some extent their feelings too. Maybe we never were actually in […]

The importance of sleep

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Some of you may be heading back to school after the half-term, others (like myself) are still enjoying the lazy get up times of holidays. Of course, with my teenagers it’s hard to get them out of bed now at the best of times, but this week especially has been difficult as they relish in […]

The Power of Connection

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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We all want to be seen and to know that we matter. I’ve shown this video many times in our training as it is such a good explanation of empathy and what it actually means. It’s not about passing judgement on others or even being able to identify because we’ve gone through the same thing. […]

Watch your language

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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It’s so easy to just open our mouths and say the first thing that comes to our minds. Sometimes, we may have even considered what to say and how to say it before we let it out. Either way we may not be totally aware of how the other person receives what we say. We […]

Tell me how I feel

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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For most young children they are spoken to all the time. We might not be aware of it but even with tiny babies we are nattering away labelling feelings, emotions, things for them. “It’s so cold today, we must wrap you up nice and warm”, “you sound really hungry, let’s feed you then you’ll feel […]

Are you REALLY listening to me?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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I used to think I was quite a good listener. That was until I started a coaching course many years ago now and had to admit that actually I don’t really listen all that well sometimes. I’m not the kind of person who looks over peoples’ shoulders while they speak looking for a better option, […]

What’s so scary about being sad?

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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This may be a subject I’ve spoken on before as it makes a regular appearance in my life – BC and AC (before children and after children). Why do we find it sooo hard to be with powerful, dark and scary emotions in others, and sometimes in ourselves too? As I’ve been talking more in […]

*A taster of our new small guide to be released in a few weeks time – Creating an Attachment Focused Culture*

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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The culture of any environment is very important. It determines what’s acceptable and what isn’t. It sets the scene for how people might be treated and how their needs might be met. Real change happens at the culture level – those things that are difficult to put your finger on or explain to someone else. […]

Podcast Interview on Teaching Students with Attachment Difficulties

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With over 13 years working in personal development Nicola Marshall has attained numerous skills and a genuine care for others. She is a fully trained coach, adoptive parent as well as the founder of Brave Heart Education.
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Recently I was privileged to be asked to be a guest on a podcast for Trauma Informed Positive Behaviour Support in Australia. This was a new experience for me but one I hope will help others understand more about trauma in the classroom.