Education Matters

Understanding childhood fears and how to deal with them

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jul 2, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Children can fear anything from monsters and dentists, to flies and water. It’s important to recognise that fear is a normal aspect of growing up. Broken down, certain fears tend to be common to particular age groups, though there are no hard and fast rules.

It is important to understand that not all fear is bad. You want your children to have a healthy avoidance of certain things like spiders, drugs, busy roads or even strangers. The key to understanding childhood fears, is to recognise that they are a normal part of your child’s development as he or she starts to learn more about the world. Children’s fears are likely to change over time. The key is to acknowledge the fear and help your child to face it rather than protect them from it.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Early years, Raising boys, Adolescence, Boys learning

How to keep teenagers at parties safe

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 11, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Attending parties plays a large part in the social development of many teenagers. From birthdays to graduations, whatever the celebration, parties are an important right of passage that bring teens closer. It can, however, be a time of concern for parents who fear for their teens’ safety. Adolescence is a period full of new pressures, experiences and lessons in life.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Risks, Raising boys, Adolescence

Staying connected to your teenager while giving them space

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 10, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Parenting a teenager can be challenging. It is inevitable that a child who once seemingly idolised you and held your opinion and advice above all others, will rebel against you once they hit teenage years.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Adolescence

Why sleep and wellbeing are vital for teens

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Mar 13, 2018 6:00:00 AM

The ABC’s Behind the News latest ‘Happiness Survey’ of almost 47,000 children, has found that having a good night’s sleep is a key indicator of your son’s wellbeing. Sleep and wellbeing go hand-in-hand – children who regularly have the recommended amount of sleep each night reported significantly higher levels of both happiness and feelings of safety.

Sleep experts say teenagers today are sleeping less than they ever have. This is a worry, particularly because there is a link between sleep deprivation and accidents, obesity and cardiovascular disease in later life.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Adolescence, Improve learning, Mental health

4 ways to help your son with social skills development

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Mar 5, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Social development is critical to the growth and wellbeing of young people, particularly as they enter adolescence. Social skills for kids are less about being the most popular kid in school, and more about a child’s ability to form meaningful bonds with others.

Teaching kids social skills is not as difficult as it may sound. Let’s start with the basics.

Vanderbilt University found the top 10 social skills children need to succeed in school, based on surveys of 8,000 elementary teachers and two decades of classroom research, are to:

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Fathering, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Adolescence, Boys learning, Education

3 reasons why saying no to your teen is important

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Feb 8, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Parental guidance is vital to a child’s development. During the formative years, we often say ‘no’ to our children to keep them safe and teach them about relationships and respect for others. For example, we tell them not to touch a hot stove top, not to hurt others, or not to cross a road unaided. As children mature into teens, clear boundaries help them to develop emotionally and build resilience.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Raising boys, Adolescence, Risk-taking, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Mental health

How to help your child transition to high school

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 22, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Your child’s transition to high school can be overwhelming and stressful, or an exciting period full of possibilities. With careful preparation and guidance, your son can experience the latter.

Here are five steps to help your child transition to high school and adapt quickly to his new environment.

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Topics: Boys' education, Raising boys, Adolescence

4 ways to support your son through adolescence

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 29, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Adolescence is a tumultuous time for boys and a period of rapid change. As parents, we can recognise it is the beginning of what can be an awkward and confusing time. Adolescence is also a time when boys will develop life skills they will carry into their adult lives.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Adolescence, Pastoral care, Mental health

4 tips for encouraging your son to be independent

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Safety is always at the forefront of our mind when it comes to our children. Our natural response is to protect our children from harm, but we have to be careful not to overprotect them. It is important that children gain increasing levels of independence in order to lead fulfilling adult lives. Encouraging a small level of independence from a young age, and recognising when to increase this level of independence is vital for your son to develop necessary life skills.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Adolescence, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Mental health

Life after Year 12 – supporting your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Nov 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Many Year 12 students feel immense pressure to do well in their Year 12 exams, whether it be in the Higher School Certificate (HSC) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Now that the exams are done and dusted, how do you best support your son to make decisions about his future, and cope with whatever the results may be and the end of daily life as he knows it?

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Adolescence