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.
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.
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?
The benefits of public transport usage and independent active travel for students
There are a number of physical, mental and social benefits associated with independent travel to and from school. It is well understood that walking and cycling are most beneficial to students in terms of overall health and fitness. Dr Michael Carr-Gregg links these active modes of transport to greater time spent outdoors, which in turn has a significant impact on a child’s mental health and stress levels.
On the whole, you could be forgiven for thinking our kids have never had it so good. They’re likely to be healthier, wealthier and better educated than any generation before them. But increasingly, they report feeling anxious, stressed and depressed.
In a 2016 KidsHelpline report, the organisation reported that it received 3,828 counselling contacts (74 contacts a week, or 11 a day) in relation to bullying. And now, a new study has found that children experiencing bullying are more likely to experience some impact on their academic performance.
At Trinity, your son will experience a wealth of opportunities, allowing him to discover and develop his innate talents, skills and aspirations through the School’s extensive range of exceptional educational programmes.
One of Sydney's leading schools, Trinity prides itself on consistently having students in the top one per cent of the state, with many students graduating with University scholarships to leading institutions around the world. Our varied and engaging teaching methods incorporate authenticity and real-world learning. This ensures every Trinity boy is challenged, inspired and guided to become a successful, compassionate, internationally-minded man.
Teenagers have a lot of think about; assessments, examinations, sporting commitments, co-curricular activities, friendships and social status. They need time to refresh their mind, body and spirit in order to stay strong, motivated and mentally focused.
Particularly during exam periods, taking time out may be viewed as a negative thing. This shouldn’t however be the case. Actually, it allows boys time for rejuvenation and can reinvigorate them for the next challenge.
Still not convinced? Here are six reasons why it's OK for your son to take time out.
Today, as it is World Mental Health Day, we look at the importance of emotional skills for boys, and why it should not be underestimated. Research has shown that emotional skills are crucial for children to become successful both socially and academically. How a child reacts emotionally to different situations can have an impact on their decision-making, how they behave and ultimately their happiness and wellbeing.
Teaching your son to think of others can be a daunting task. Teenagers can be very self-focused. They have a lot on their minds, including social status, relationships, puberty, assessments, examinations and friends.
Learning to think of others, rather than himself, can have a profound impact on your son’s life and relationships. Key to this is having healthy relationships that are built on respect, trust and empathy – the ability to understand and feel the emotions of others.
Exams, assessments, social status and game day. These are some of the many things your son may feel ‘stressed’ about during his schooling years.
Stress is the feeling we have when we are under pressure. This could be the pressure your son may feel to succeed, to achieve great results or to be included or accepted by his peers.