HELPING CHILDREN MANAGE THEIR EMOTIONS

Managing emotions – this is a big topic and, let’s face it, one that affects all of us! We all experience emotions all of the time and as parents we have an important role to play in helping our children learn how to manage these.

This is easier said than done – many of us haven’t been taught how to manage our emotions and doing so doesn’t necessarily come naturally to us. But why is it important that we manage our emotions? And what can we as parents do to help our children learn how to do this?

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Susie Mogg
MISCONCEPTIONS SURROUNDING THE TERM 'RESILIENCE'

Resilience is a hot topic – at Resilience in Kids we focus on resilience in primary school aged children, but you don’t have to look far for articles and initiatives that talk to resilient teens, schools, organisations, cities, countries. Sydney even has its own Chief Resilience Officer.

Despite all of this, a shared understanding of what resilience is, and isn’t, is lacking and there are misconceptions surrounding the term.

What are some of these?

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HELPING YOUR CHILD FEEL SCHOOL READY

The long summer holidays are almost over and for most kids next week represents the start of a new school year. Some will be starting school for the first time, others will be starting in new schools and others will be staying at the same school but joining new classes.

Many kids are excited to be starting back at school, but for others this can be a difficult time – one that brings plenty of opportunity to flex that all important resilience muscle. This can be a difficult time for parents too, one that brings mixed feelings.

So what can we, as parents, do over the next few days to help our children feel ‘school ready’ and to help strengthen their resilience muscle?

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TEACHING OUR KIDS ABOUT BULLYING

I spend a lot of time talking to parents and children, and to the professionals who work with them, and one thing is clear – bullying is a real issue for many kids. This is not new. But there is much greater awareness these days in the community of bullying and the harm it can do.

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SELF-CARE AND SELF-COMPASSION

The lead up to Christmas and the long school holidays can be stressful for parents. I speak to many parents daily, both in a personal and a professional capacity, and many of them are doing it tough, commenting that they are snapping more at their kids or loved ones, are struggling to sleep, feel ongoing low levels of anxiety or worse.

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PRACTISING REALISTIC THINKING

All children experience worrying thoughts – this is normal. But sometimes these can become excessive, where they overestimate the likelihood and impact of them coming true. This can lead to a range of issues including poor sleep, a lack of focus at school, a reluctance to do things that are outside of their comfort zone and more. What can we do as parents to help our children through these situations?

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Susie Mogg
WHAT PARENTS SHOULD MAKE OF PARENTING STYLES

Parents don’t have to look far in the media for articles about different parenting styles and their effects on children’s development – ‘helicopter’ and ‘lawnmower’ parenting styles appear to be the styles du jour, but dig deeper and you’ll find references to attachment, tiger, permissive, authoritarian styles and more. As parents, what are we supposed to make of all of this?

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3 TIPS FOR STAYING COOL AND CALM

Are you finding your kids are losing their temper more quickly, perhaps because they haven’t had enough sleep? How many of you are finding your kids are quicker to tears than normal, maybe because they don’t have enough time to just ‘be’? Has the bickering between your siblings reached new levels?

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