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5 Simple Ways Colour Can Positively Inspire Kids

Australian Artist & Designer, Lisa Frances Judd, offers 5 simple ways to positively inspire children with colour to counteract negativity in an increasingly uncertain world. With events like what just happened in Paris becoming all too frequent, Ms Judd discusses why we need to constantly reinforce positive aspects of life in our children mentally & emotionally to help prevent developing a generation of frightened and fear filled adults. “Colour is a language children understand,” Ms Judd said.


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Ms Lisa Frances Judd at work, creating joyful art, in her Blue Mountains, NSW Art Studio.
Ms Lisa Frances Judd at work, creating joyful art, in her Blue Mountains, NSW Art Studio.

Australian Artist & Designer, Lisa Frances Judd, believes our kids need bright colours and positive words to reinforce a positive mental and emotional state in today’s negative, chaotic and changeable world. "Colour is a language children understand," Ms Judd said.

Australian Artist & Designer, Lisa Frances Judd, believes our kids need bright colours and positive words to reinforce a positive mental and emotional state in today’s negative, chaotic and changeable world.

“It’s not just adults that suffer from stress and anxiety in response to horrific world events. With an increasingly uncertain world, including severely distressing events, like what recently happened in Paris being reported frequently, it is vital to reinforce the positive aspects of life in our children to help them cope mentally & emotionally,” she said.

Very recently reported data estimates up to 11 per cent of Australian children suffer anxiety. For Example in 2013-2014 The ACT Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service had a total number of 63,430 visits from children and young people seeking treatment for anxiety and related conditions - an increase of 7354 from the previous year.

“Of course there are many reasons why a child may be anxious or depressed like serious family issues which absolutely require the assistance of trained mental health professionals. What I am talking about here is the accumulated effects of everyday negativity that children are exposed to. If we don’t make the effort to reinforce positive thinking and positive self-worth constantly, we risk creating a generation of frightened and fear filled adults who won’t be resilient and will succumb to hopelessness.” said Ms Judd.

As an Artist and Designer of bright and joyful products, Ms Judd sees her role as important in helping to keep positive, happy energy flowing to children (and adults).

“Children are naturally drawn to primary colours like reds, yellows and bright blues. Bright and Bold colours are a great way to help children feel more optimistic because colour is a language kids understand,” said Ms Judd.  

Here are Lisa’s 5 Top Tips to Positively Inspire your Kids with Colour:

•    Get your kids into art.  Colourful, messy, fun paint sessions outside in the fresh air will definitely have them enjoying themselves. Art is one of the BEST self-expression activities young children can do.

•    Using chalkboard paint, create a wall shape like a heart or circle in your child’s play area or bedroom.  Give them some bright neon chalk and encourage them to express themselves in drawing or posivite words about themselves and their world.

•    Get your kids into colourful clothing with positive motifs or words on them.

•    Use ‘pops’ of happy bright primary colours in their bedrooms. This could be as simple as adding a vibrant cushion, rug or wall art.

•    Lastly, remember what YOU as a parent or caregiver say and do is so important. Children absorb the feelings, beliefs and attitudes of the adults around them. Be mindful of your own negative self-talk and stay focussed on the positive yourself.

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