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

5 Tips for fostering the creative spirit in your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 27, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Creativity is billed to be the third most valuable skill in the workforce in the next two years, according to the World Economic Forum’s The Future of Jobs report.

Why is it important for children to be creative? With rapid advancements in technology, artificial intelligence and automation, the next generation will need to be creative and adaptable with proven problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Creativity no longer belongs in the realm of the creative arts, it is a necessary skill for all aspects of learning and will be a workforce requirement in all manner of industry.

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Topics: Parenting tips, All boys education, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Creative empowerment, Pastoral care, Boys learning, Creative arts

Why I chose an all-boys school for my son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jun 15, 2018 6:00:00 AM

By Marisa, Trinity parent

When our son was born, we had high hopes that he’d be a confident, happy and well-loved child. By the time he was old enough to start school, he was indeed all of these things! He showed curiosity for the world around him, had a fascination for stars, and was a loving, funny, happy-go-lucky kid.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, All boys education, Boys and movement, Raising boys, Education

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

Literacy games for primary-aged children

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on May 7, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Building a child’s literacy begins at birth and involves learning to speak, listen, read, understand, watch, draw and write. 

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Topics: Literacy, Parenting tips, Early years, Raising boys, Improve learning, Boys and literacy, Early learning

Vocabulary apps for early learners

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Apr 30, 2018 6:00:00 AM

Reading is the single most effective way you can help your child to build his or her vocabulary. Strong vocabulary can help your son communicate and express himself better, and will be a benefit when he starts school. While we know that nothing can replace the benefits of reading, there are other avenues available that can help build our children’s vocabulary skills and engage them on a different level. 

These vocabulary apps for early learners can help develop and broaden your son’s vocabulary.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Trinity difference, Learning difficulties, Technology, Boys and literacy, Early learning, Education

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

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