22 09, 2019

Healthy rites of passage

2019-09-24T14:10:25+11:0022 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Dr Arne Rubinstein


 

Rites of passage have always been a significant part of community life, until now. Each stage of a person’s life was marked and celebrated including the significant step of moving into adulthood.

The shift from childhood to adulthood has always been marked by a rite of passage, which represents entry to the adult world and the rights that go with it. This new set of rights is also accompanied by a responsibility to serve and contribute to the community.

The loss of healthy rites of passage

For many young people Schoolies Week, the annual Year 12 endless party, is […]

17 09, 2019

Why self-sufficiency is paramount

2019-09-20T09:50:21+11:0017 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose


 

Recently, a mother of two primary school children thanked me for the impact one of my presentations had on her parenting style.

When I asked what was it that made the difference, she said that one particular question I posed in the presentation had the most impact. The question was “What are you regularly doing for your children now that they can do themselves?”

This mother attended my Parenting for Independence seminar after reading my book Spoonfed Generation. My message of developing self-sufficiency in children from the earliest possible age stayed with her.

She said that the independence message really came […]

9 09, 2019

Managing your child’s anxiety

2019-09-13T10:15:28+11:009 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose


 

If your child feels anxious, reassure them that these feelings are a normal response to new people, events or potentially challenging situations. Help your child understand that there is a great deal they can do to manage their anxious feelings, so they can get on with the activities they enjoy.

Explain anxiety

If your child is anxious he may struggle to explain how he feels. An important first step in anxiety self-management is explaining to your child how anxiety works.

  • Teach your child that the part of the brain that protects them from danger (the amygdala – pronounced ahh-mig-dah-la), […]
2 09, 2019

Are you asking your kids to step up?

2019-09-06T09:57:28+11:002 September, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author:  Dr. Deborah Gilboa


 

We do a lot for our kids because we love them and often they need us. But we forget that one of the best things we can do for our kids is to help them learn to do for themselves and for others.

Do you ask your kids to do chores, to help out on a regular basis? You would be surprised how many parents – who were raised doing chores – don’t ask the same of their kids.  If you do give them chores, do you sometimes go behind them and redo the work when they’re […]

26 08, 2019

Leaving your fathering mark

2019-08-30T09:40:36+11:0026 August, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose


 

Currently, there’s a strong tendency to view successful fathering through the lens of skills and knowledge acquisition. That is, to raise kids today effective fathers, like mothers, need to keep building their skill sets (What’s the most appropriate way to manage kids today?) and their knowledge (What’s the latest research about the impact of digital technology on children?). Staying one step ahead can be exhausting and make a man feel inadequate if he can’t keep up.

Another way to look at fathering is through the generative parenting lens. That is, fathering is an activity that’s rooted in a […]

19 08, 2019

Too much love: helicopter parents could be raising anxious, narcissistic children

2019-08-23T08:44:12+11:0019 August, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Marilyn Campbell, Professor Faculty of Education, School of Cultural and Professional Learning, Queensland University of Technology


 

The Age newspaper recently highlighted the issue of so-called “helicopter parenting” at universities. The report talked of parents contacting lecturers to ask about their adult children’s grades, sitting in on meetings with course coordinators and repeatedly phoning academics to inquire about students’ progress.

Over-parenting involves parents using developmentally inappropriate tactics that far exceed the actual needs of their children. It involves excessive protection of children by their parents. Over-parenting is often called “helicopter parenting”, as these parents hover over their children to make sure nothing […]

12 08, 2019

Leaving your kids home alone

2019-08-16T11:12:35+11:0012 August, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author:  Michael Grose


 

Schools holidays and after school times present challenges for families when parents work. Finding suitable care for children is tricky, particularly when usual arrangements fall over or kids tell you they are too old to be looked after.

A recent study showed that one in 10 Australian children under the age of twelve spend some part of a school holiday at home without supervision.

The legal age when a child can be left at home in Australia varies from state to state. Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania have comparatively harsh penalties for parents who leave children under the age of […]

5 08, 2019

How independence-building is the pathway to your child’s resilience

2019-08-09T09:29:31+11:005 August, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose


 

Parents and teachers often ask me how to build resilience in kids.

My response is always the same. “Start by building independence and resilience will follow.”

Children are hard-wired for independence

Sometime around the age of fifteen months (give or take three months), most children will make a strong case for self-sufficiency. They demand to do things their own way. This demand is soon backed by a strong voice – “NOOOO!” and the more articulate cries of “I can do it!” as their third birthday approaches.

This is the time to harness their push for independence and self-sufficiency. Their push for […]

29 07, 2019

Creating a consistent parenting storyline

2019-08-01T13:36:53+11:0029 July, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose


“My partner needs to hear this!”

This is typical of many comments I’ve been hearing lately from participants at my Anxious Kids workshops and seminars. It’s a healthy recognition that parent consistency is a significant element in successful parenting, particularly when facing a child’s behavioural or wellbeing challenge.

It’s also recognition that one of the biggest challenges for many couples is creating the same parenting storyline. It’s a common challenge.

You may be strict, while your partner is lenient. You may value family mealtime highly, while your partner is ambivalent about breaking bread as a family.

Differences in parenting are natural, […]

22 07, 2019

Teaching boys to respect women

2019-07-25T12:28:46+11:0022 July, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author Dr Rosina McAlpine


 

Recent events and current statistics highlight that as a nation we have a serious problem when it comes to domestic violence. While there’s no easy solution, together, we can do our part to stop violence against women. If you’re a parent or guardian, you can play an important role. Most studies show that a boy’s disrespect towards girls generally begins in childhood.

Disrespect shows in small behavioural ways that can often be ignored or go unnoticed. These behaviours include teasing, using put-downs and through verbal bullying and harassment. We can break the cycle by teaching our children to […]