2 12, 2019

When a child loses a pet

2019-12-05T11:46:51+11:002 December, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose


 

New Zealand singing sensation Lorde created a social media frenzy recently when she announced that she’s putting her new recording on hold while she deals with the death of her dog.

The immediate reaction of this writer was not supportive. I shared a link to an article in UK newspaper The Independent titled “Lorde delays new album release after death of dog” and commented “Sorry, is it just me or can others see a problem with this? 7.6 million followers (presumably mostly young) are influenced by her. A little more resilience may be in order. Am I being too harsh?”

Presumably […]

25 11, 2019

Parenting behaviours even the best parents need to stop

2019-11-29T10:25:27+11:0025 November, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose


 

As a parenting educator for more than 25 years, I’ve had many opportunities to observe and listen to parents in action. During this time I’ve learned some valuable lessons about raising children and managing families.

Usually, my advice is positive in that I try to focus on what you should be doing as a parent. Maintaining forward momentum has always been my aim. However, it helps sometimes to be reminded of some of the behaviours we should stop or do less of if we are to raise autonomous, emotionally-smart citizens of the future.

Here are some parenting behaviours you […]

18 11, 2019

10 Reasons Teens Have So Much Anxiety Today

2019-11-22T08:34:10+11:0018 November, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Amy Morin


 

We’ve created an environment that fosters anxiety rather than resilience.

The New York Times recently published an article called, “Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?” The author chronicled several teens’ battle with anxiety over the course of a few years.

The article questioned why we’re seeing such a rise in anxiety among today’s youth. As a psychotherapist, college lecturer, and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do, I agree that anxiety is a widespread issue among adolescents. It’s the most common reason people of all ages enter my therapy office.

Some young people are overachieving perfectionists with a crippling […]

11 11, 2019

Why validation is the best parenting skill of all

2019-11-15T09:47:05+11:0011 November, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Michael Grose


 

At a time when the mental health and wellbeing of children and teenagers is firmly in the spotlight, validation is an essential parenting skill.

When a child or teen comes to you when they are struggling emotionally, they want you to understand their dilemma. They don’t want to be dismissed or told to ‘get over it’. They generally want someone to acknowledge that their concern is real with comments such as:

“I see you’re worried about going to camp. I can understand that. “
“Thanks for telling about the scary monsters in your bedroom. Let’s see what we can do […]

5 11, 2019

Strengthening kids’ self-esteem in a digital world

2019-11-08T09:47:53+11:005 November, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Martine Oglethorpe


 

How do we develop and nurture our child’s self-esteem in a world where the likes, comments and followers are often seen as the social currency for popularity, confidence and self-worth?

While young people live out much of their social lives online, there are certain elements of this world that can have a negative impact on the social and emotional wellbeing of young people, particularly if that person’s self-esteem is already fragile.

The very connected, very visible and public nature of social media ensures that many of the challenges faced by young people previously are now magnified and felt more […]

27 10, 2019

A Stanford dean on adult skills every 18-year-old should have

2019-11-01T14:26:21+11:0027 October, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

This question originally appeared on Quora: What are the skills every 18 year old needs? Answer by Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author of NYT bestseller How to Raise an Adult; former Stanford dean; podcast host.


 

1. An 18-year-old must be able to talk to strangers

Faculty, deans, advisers, landlords, store clerks, human resource managers, coworkers, bank tellers, health care providers, bus drivers, mechanics—in the real world.

The crutch: We teach kids not to talk to strangers instead of teaching the more nuanced skill of how to discern the few bad strangers from the mostly good ones. Thus, kids end up not knowing how to […]

22 10, 2019

Creating healthy digital habits in your child

2019-10-25T09:18:22+11:0022 October, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author: Martine Oglethorpe


 

Surveys have consistently shown that children are being exposed to increasing amounts of screen time each year.

As parents we’re often concerned about the connections children and young people are making and the subsequent impact on their wellbeing. The time they spend online, scrolling, searching and swiping which could be spent doing outdoor activities is also concerning.

Digital devices are here to stay, so it’s imperative to look at how kids can remain in control of their screen use and ensure the time they’re investing online is adding something helpful, positive and meaningful to our lives.

Here are four tips […]

14 10, 2019

Help young people beat exam stress

2019-10-18T08:25:07+11:0014 October, 2019|Categories: Junior School, Middle School, Senior School, Wellbeing|

Author:  Michael Grose


 

As the end of year approaches many young people will start to experience the stress that comes with impending examinations. Young people respond differently to the pressure that exams present. Some will see an exam as challenge that they need to rise to, some will be nervous if they feel they haven’t done enough preparation, and many will experience real stress as they see exams as that time of the year that determines their future.

The notion of exams, particularly final-year exams, as life-defining events can be very real for students who’ve spent 13 years of schooling leading […]

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 […]