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Six tips for encouraging boys to embrace challenges

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 20, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Any boy can rise to a challenge. If your son views the challenge as something to overcome and conquer, rather than a setback, he is more likely to develop resourcefulness and resilience. Some boys may find that the uncertainty and difficulties of adolescence will affect their motivation and approach to challenges – this can mean that they do not relish the opportunity to prove themselves. Defeating a challenge will not only help your son to grow in character but will help to gain motivation for the next challenge he will inevitably face.

Here are six tips for encouraging boys to embrace challenges:

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Topics: Parenting tips, All boys education, Fathering, Raising boys, Adolescence, Risk-taking, Boys learning

Tips to build your son's communication skills

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 15, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Healthy relationships built on trust and respect stem from being able to share our thoughts and feelings. Whether it is a relationship with family or friends, or success at school or in the workplace, the ability to communicate effectively is an essential life skill for our children to master. Parents are central to helping children develop their communication skills, from a young age right through adolescence. 

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Raising boys

Discussing risks and consequences with your son

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 13, 2017 6:00:00 AM

It is natural for boys to test boundaries and they do so across all developmental stages. When they are young, they don’t always understand the potential for negative outcomes or consequences, especially when they get swept up in the moment, driven by adrenaline and encouraged by their friends.

Discussing risks and consequences with your son is something you will need to do on a regular basis – from the early years when he may test his physical capabilities – to the teenage years when he will explore his independence. Unmanaged risk-taking can lead to dangerous behaviours including binge drinking, smoking, drug taking, aggressive driving and aggressive behaviour.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Trinity difference, Risks, Raising boys, Adolescence, Risk-taking, Pastoral care

Teaching your son to think of others

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 8, 2017 6:00:00 AM

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.

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

9 Ways to strengthen your father-son bond

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Sep 2, 2017 6:00:00 AM

From time to time, it’s important to take stock and look closely at the relationships you have with your children. The father-son bond in particular, is one that changes throughout your son’s physical and mental development, but the one constant, essential for a healthy father and son relationship, is spending ‘quality time’ together.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Adolescence, Pastoral care

Helping others is a walk in the park for Trinity boys

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

Local primary school students converged on Bradley’s Head in Sydney Harbour National Park on Sunday 30 July to unveil more than fifty new interpretive signs featuring their own illustrations using resources and materials from the Backyard Buddies website.

Designed by the school students from Beauty Point Public School and funded by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) and the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife (FNPW), the 52 new interpretive signs will help visitors of all ages to discover more about the plants and animals found along the walks that line the foreshore of Sydney Harbour.

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Topics: Boys' education, Outdoor education, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Community service, Students

Six ways to improve your son’s social skills

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Aug 2, 2017 6:00:00 AM

At their most basic, social skills are what we use to communicate and interact with others, but they include more than just the ability to communicate. Social skills are pivotal in helping your son make and keep friends, get along with others, thrive at school, negotiate puberty, manage relationships, and later down the track, find and keep a job.

Social skills comprise verbal and non-verbal communication, including facial expressions and body language. Boys with well-developed social skills have the ability to communicate effectively in a variety of situations, relate well to and feel empathy for others, have strong friendships and a healthy self-esteem.

Below we offer six ways to improve your son’s social skills and set him up to have a happy and fulfilling school life.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, Fathering, Trinity difference, Raising boys

Ensuring your son establishes healthy friendships with girls

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jul 31, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Friendships are important to help children develop social skills and give them a sense of belonging and wellbeing. While they are very young, children tend not to distinguish between boys and girls and enjoy socialising with both. As they develop however, children learn that boys and girls are different and they generally start to gravitate towards children of the same gender. With the onset of puberty things change again and adolescents take an interest in the opposite sex once more.

This can be a scary time for parents, but it needn’t be. Contrary to what we read in the media, boys can have platonic relationships with girls. In fact, we should encourage it from an early age when the highly charged aspects of a romantic relationship are not in play. The ability to have healthy friendships with girls will be key to your son maintaining respectful romantic relationships later in life.

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

Why failure can be the best teacher

Posted by Trinity Grammar School on Jul 17, 2017 6:00:00 AM

Four ways to develop your child's growth mindset

When Trinity Grammar School hosted adolescent psychologist Dr Michael Carr-Gregg for a parent evening, he expressed his significant concern for this generation of young people’s low level of resilience compared to previous generations. He implored parents and educators to refrain from protecting young people in cotton wool, and instead, encourage them to learn to stand on their own two feet and deal with setbacks. Here we explore why failure can be the best teacher.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Boys' education, All boys education, Fathering, Raising boys, Adolescence, Improve learning, Boys learning, Education, Mental health

Five signs that suggest your son is not coping with stress

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

Today’s young people experience ever-increasing levels of pressure. The desire to fit in, make friends, excel at school, or simply manage the many expectations of their teachers, coaches, parents and friends can all impact on a boy’s health and wellbeing.

Stress, anxiety and depression can overwhelm some teenagers as they progress through adolescence. Be vigilant in looking out for these five signs that suggest your son is not coping with stress.

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Topics: Parenting tips, Fathering, Trinity difference, Raising boys, Support programs, Pastoral care, Mental health

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