I have been thinking a lot recently about apologies, and what makes a good apology.
Social media can be a helpful tool to enable kids to stay in touch with family and friends. While there are many positive benefits to social media use, there are potential risks. As parents, it’s important that you help your son to appreciate the advantages and disadvantages of social media and ensure his online safety.
Everyone experiences anger. Regardless of age, anger is a normal reaction to frustration, stress or disappointment. As boys grow up, they face increasingly difficult situations and begin to deal with some of the challenges of daily life, but they also learn to express and manage their anger in more effective ways.
The love for our children is one of the most deeply felt emotions we ever experience. Although a powerful force, it can be difficult at times to express this love and affection, and more commonly, find time to connect with our children. Time when we can relax, play and bond with our son can be in short supply in our busy lives, but it is at the heart of developing a special relationship with your child.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian teenagers are spending up to 18 hours per week online and 91 percent of teens aged 15 to 19 report using social media. Online and social media use plays a significant role in the lives of today’s youth.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: