As part of the school’s commitment to wellbeing, we would like to introduce a new and exciting initiative with a series of parent talks. The aim of these talks is to build positive relationships and strengthen connection across the AISHK community, whilst offering useful tools to keep on top of the ever-changing landscape of parenting teenagers today.
We will commence this series with a talk titled “Creating Compassionate Conversations with our Tweens and Teens”. This round table style discussion will be co-facilitated by our Secondary Psychologist Bernadette Spencer, our new Primary Psychologist Jean McPherson and Tara Bennett from the Wild Heart Project. Tara will be wearing two hats, one as an AISHK parent of a tween and teen and also as a Teen Life Coach, who works one-on-one with teens and facilitates workshops in schools. Tara has been working with Bernadette and I to deliver two workshops to the Year 8s and 9s this term on resilience, wellbeing and self-talk. Next term Tara will continue with an additional two workshops on managing big emotions and the growth mindset.
In the first parent talk to be held at AISHK on 8 August at 8.30am we will be looking into what well-being really involves and presenting the content that was shared with the Year 8s and 9s. We will also be offering insights as to the pressure’s teens face today and understanding their common behaviours. We will also share what is happening in the developing teenage brain and how social media and video games are influencing student’s moods and mental health.
We will be offering specific tools to communicate with compassion, with an emphasis on how important it is to guide your teenager to solve their own problems. We will review techniques including paraphrasing, reflective listening and open-ended questioning.
We also hope that parents will share their insights and knowledge so that we can build on the wealth of experience amongst us.
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The second round table discussion will be titled “Digital Dilemma’ – a parent’s guide to keeping your children safe in this digital world”. This will held in Term 4 with further details to come.
Kiely Murphy | Director of Wellbeing