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.
By Daniel Jones, Year 3, Junior School
Growing up anywhere brings its problems, and I know that children in many other countries face problems that I couldn’t even imagine. So I’m going to be honest here … I don’t really worry about much. Let’s face it, I’m a nine year old boy … one of my biggest concerns is ‘What did mum pack in my lunch box?’
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:
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.
While trying new things can often be exciting and surprising, it may conjure up feelings of fear and dread for some boys depending on their temperament and personality.
This is understandable, given new experiences move us out of our comfort zone. They can be challenging and often require a level of bravery.
Trying new things opens our eyes to the world. Stepping out of our comfort zone can opens doors to opportunities and can lead to a great sense of achievement and enjoyment.
Here are our eight top tips for encouraging your son to try new things:
Today is the International Day of Families and the beginning of National Families Week. It is a time to celebrate family, show appreciation for their love and support, and share in the enjoyment of your favourite family activities.
Here we look at the importance of family support and seven ways that it shapes your child’s life.
At Trinity Grammar School we aim to educate boys in mind, body and spirit with the focus being on academic education. Sport however, is not simply an adjunct to each boy’s education, but an integral part of it. Sport assists boys to develop important attributes of their character, and fosters respectful relationships and integrity.
Boys are curious by nature and generally more impulsive than girls. Impulsive behaviour and risk-taking is natural for boys and forms a normal part of their growing up. However, it’s important to help your son learn to manage impulsive urges early on, so that he understands the consequences of his behaviours and can learn to make considered decisions as he develops. Good decision making skills are invaluable in life, and are developed from an early age.
Below are four simple tips for encouraging your son to think before he jumps:
Being a teenage boy is hard work. It is a time of learning and discovery and not just the type of learning you do at school. The ever present want for popularity or at the very least, to fit in and be accepted looms over their heads. The social pressures surrounding teenage boys are huge and coming at them from every direction. The pressure to be cool around the guys, the pressures from the media to look and act in a certain way and we haven’t even mentioned the added confusion about teenage girls!
Here are four areas to consider when trying to understand how teenage boys make decisions:
From the moment our children are born, we try our best to support them to achieve milestones big and small, and to be happy. But as we know, life not only has its ups, it also throws us plenty of difficult curveballs along the way, which is why children need resilience.
Some children are naturally resilient, blessed with an easy-going temperament and a capacity to persevere in the face of a challenge. Increasingly however, we are seeing children wilt when faced with seemingly small obstacles. The good news is that you can foster resilience in your child at any age and help them cope more easily with the inevitable challenges in life.
Below are 10 things you can do to boost your child's resilience.