Education Matters

7 Activities for encouraging boys to be mindful

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 16, 2018 6:00:00 AM

‘Mindfulness’ is a concept that is becoming increasingly popular particularly with educators and employers.

Mindfulness, the act of maintaining a present moment of awareness through means such as meditation, breathing or relaxation, is certainly not a new psychological phenomenon.

It has, however, been given a lot of weight by schools that are focused more than ever on health, wellbeing and educating ‘the whole student’. For Christians, mindfulness also allows us to better use our space and time to be quiet in the presence of God in prayer.

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

Talking about mental health with children

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

According to the Australian Government’s Mental Health of Children and Adolescents Report, in the 12 months prior to the survey around one in seven children and adolescents aged four to 17 years experienced a mental disorder. This is equivalent to an estimated 560,000 Australian children and adolescents. The report found the prevalence of mental disorders varied considerably between males and females, with 16 percent of males and 12 percent of females having had a mental disorder in the previous 12 months.

Talking about mental health with children isn’t always easy, but it is important so they understand what mental health is, how to maintain it and what to do if it goes wrong.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Mental health

5 Negative impacts of over scheduling children

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 3, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Suniya Luthar, a psychology professor at Columbia University, has done extensive studies on the role of extracurricular activities in children’s lives. She says, “It’s good for kids to be scheduled. It’s good for them to have musical activities, sports or other things organised and supervised by an adult.” Outside activities make a child well-rounded. Not to mention it provides them with skills such as playing music or speaking another language which have been shown to improve learning in general. Sporting activities can help to keep children healthy both physically and mentally.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Co-curricular activities, Mental health

Boys and body image

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Mar 21, 2018 6:00:00 AM

In 2015, the ABC’s news program, Behind the News (BTN) conducted the biggest survey of children’s mental health in history. It was called the Happiness Survey and 20,000 kids responded. The survey was designed to find out the kinds of things that affect children – what makes them happy, and what makes them sad or worried. The results from the 2017 Happiness Survey are in and once again it offers some surprising insights into what makes kids tick.

This time 47,000 Australian children, aged between six and 18, responded to questions on issues such as being different, bullying, arguments, family, friendships, schoolwork, world problems, body image, their future and health.

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

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

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 get your son excited about starting back at school

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jan 12, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Transitioning from a carefree and fun school holiday break to a routine-based school year can be a significant adjustment for your son and family. It is important that you get your son excited about going back to school, so that he looks forward to the year ahead with positivity and motivation.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys, Mental health

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

Are you listening? 4 ways to really get to know your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Dec 5, 2017 6:00:00 AM

In this ever-increasing digital age, some of us are guilty of having closer relationships with our devices rather than those we love most. A quick check of what’s new on Instagram or your latest WhatsApp thread, can result in many minutes – even hours – absorbed in meaningless online browsing.

With so much happening in the digital world, are you really present; listening and contemplating the thoughts and feelings of those around you?

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Fathering, Raising boys, Pastoral care, Mental health