As lockdown restrictions are slowly being lifted to varying degrees, we enter a time of transition and adjustment. The circumstances of this situation have significantly impacted us all. For some it has been an opportunity to reflect on what is important, whilst others have embraced the opportunity to learn new things.
The Coronavirus is impacting families around the world and changing how we do things on a daily basis. In many cases, it has resulted in the indefinite postponement of many special, and often long-awaited events, such as milestone birthdays, sporting competitions, school trips and family holidays.
The global pandemic is having a profound impact on our adolescents with many being forced to miss out on so many rites of passage. Some are becoming more anxious or depressed which is completely understandable given the current situation. However, should your teen display any unusual behaviour that lasts for more than 2-3 weeks, it may be a cause for concern.
Happiness is a term that captures a huge variety of positive emotions such as humour, serenity, optimism, joy, pride, inspiration, love and hope.
Happiness means different things, to different people and is essential to your understanding of emotional literacy.
Coronavirus is an evolving international health concern. Around the world, people are being affected in many ways. Individuals of all ages from numerous nationalities are being diagnosed with the virus –– it doesn’t discriminate. Although children are considered at lower risk of infection, they are not immune to the multitude of news reports regularly seen or heard in the media.
The move from primary to secondary school is a social and educational shift that opens up new experiences. Students are likely to go through a range of emotions, display varying levels of confidence and feel a bit uncertain at times. Secondary school is a complex place
– usually a bigger school community with more opportunities.
Amid the excitement and media coverage with the release of Year 12 results, another story gathers more recognition each year… “you are not defined by your ATAR”.
The article below from Year13 unpacks that story in a sensible and positive manner.
Holidays can take students away from friends and their usual school supports. Changes to routine can cause some young people to feel stressed, isolated or alone.
There are many excellent online resources for parents. In particular, we recommend the resources available through Headspace and SchoolTV.
SchoolTV has prepared a 5-minute video with some simple and practical reminders about surviving Christmas.
Resilience is one of those skills that we all need. It refers to our ability to cope and adapt in situations when confronted with challenges such as adversity, trauma, tragedy, or even stress.
It is essential for the mental health and wellbeing of young people as part of their journey to adulthood.
The blended family is the fastest growing family dynamic in the world with one in five families now being a ‘step’ or ‘blended’ family. However, when families “blend,” it rarely progresses smoothly. Some children resist change, and parents become frustrated when the new family doesn’t function in the same way as the previous one.