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

The key to understanding and raising boys

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 4, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Boys can be a puzzle for parents, particularly mothers. As we strive to remain connected with our adolescent sons, it can be difficult to understand why this can sometimes be a battle. According to psychologist and author, Steve Biddulph, boys experience three developmental phases of boyhood that are key to understanding and raising boys:

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Risk-taking

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 boredom is good for children

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 24, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Many parents will have encountered a bored child at some point in their parenting journey, especially on the back of school holidays! Out of guilt and impulse, our increasingly busy lifestyles can sometimes lead us to respond to children’s complaints of boredom with a never-ending list of suggestions and activities. However, this only serves to teach him to rely on external stimulus for entertainment. It also reinforces the constant societal need to appear ‘busy’. Sometimes, it’s OK for children to be bored. In fact, it can be a good thing!

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Topics: Parenting tips, All boys education, Fathering, Early years, Raising boys, Improve learning, Boys learning, Early learning

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

The benefits of performances and presentations for your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Feb 26, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Public speaking or performing on stage can be a challenge for many people. Even the most rational person can become anxious about standing in front of a crowd. The key to overcoming this fear is to practise.

Why is it important for your son to practise and master speaking or performing in front of an audience?

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Topics: Parenting tips, All boys education, Fathering, Raising boys, Performing arts

How to help your son play to his strengths

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Feb 19, 2018 6:00:00 AM

It is natural for parents to focus on the things their child doesn’t do well and to spend time trying to help them improve in these areas.

But focusing less on weaknesses and more on strengths could hold the key to his success.

Strength-based parenting is a positive psychology approach that aims to help parents unlock their child’s potential and improve their wellbeing.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys

9 tips for teaching your son about money 

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

Recently I discussed the Nativity story with some children, the eldest of whom was six. They explained the story of Mary and Joseph and the arrival of their son. There wasn’t a detail omitted, including how they had to stay in the manger because Joseph had forgotten his credit card and so couldn’t pay for a hotel – not a detail I remembered from the original version, so clearly the story had been modernised.

For me, it highlighted the real need to teach our children about money, where it comes from and its value, rather than letting them go through life thinking a credit card is a magic card that allows you to buy whatever you like.

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

9 tips for how to promote positive friendships for boys

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 24, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Think about this: ‘Do you worry about your son more as a young adolescent than you did when he was a newborn baby?’ Research has revealed it is certainly the case for many parents in Britain, where seven-in-ten parents worry about the decisions their teenager makes. Much of this angst stems from the friendship choices our children make and a desire to see our children build positive, healthy and supportive friendships that will sustain them into adulthood.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, All boys education, Fathering, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Education