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Family Week - 10 ways to promote good mental health and well-being in kids

The weekend can be such an important time for renewing ones own physical, mental and spiritual health. This is so for children as well as adults.

Yesterday we thought a little about 'screen time' and how that may impact on well-being. Today's article lists '10 ways to promote good mental health and well-being in kids'. When I read it I could already think of a number of activities I would prioritise with my own children over the weekend.

When you read this article, take from it whatever you need to. If that is doing something to nourish your own wellbeing first, then do so. After all, the flight attendants tell us to make sure we put the oxygen masks on ourselves before our children. That way we both have the chance of being healthy and well.

10 ways to promote good mental health and well-being in kids

I hope you have found something useful in one or more of the articles sent out this week. Parenting is some thing we learn along the way. Each person is doing the best that they know how to in their circumstances and the opportunity to stop and reflect is very rare. Keep up the great work you do as parents!

Family Week - What are we doing this weekend?

What are you doing this weekend?

Weekends are full of lots of opportunities to be together, to relax, to spend time as a family. Digital entertainment has become a part of our everyday lives and especially our weekends. Today and tomorrow are two articles that I think are connected.

We often talk about 'screen time' and set limits around screen time for children. That's a helpful strategy. Today's article suggests 'There are better questions than 'how much screen time?''. As the weekend approaches, take the time to use this article to reflect not on how much screen time will be had but rather some other questions.

There are better questions than 'How much screen time?'

Kind regards,
Matthew Garton
Principal

Family Week - Developing leadership skills in your child

Today's Family Week article is 'Developing leadership skills in your child'.

Leadership isn't about the prominent positions that we see people in around us. It is a way of mind, heart and skill that seeks to make a difference in one's world for the benefit of others. It is a sense of responsibility and service.

I'm sure you can all think of a time when you show leadership. Perhaps it is in your family, your workplace, your group of friends, coaching/managing your child's team, volunteering to help someone in need. There are many small ways we show leadership in our every day lives.

Children can learn these basic leadership skills from a very early age. Today's article helps us all to see when and how we can support them in developing their own leadership.

Developing leadership skills in your child

Family Week - Helping kids to tolerate discomfort

The second article in our Family Week series is called 'Helping kids to tolerate discomfort'. It is a natural part of human life to experience discomfort. It can happen in the form of grief, anxiety, hunger, tiredness. It can be experienced in different intensities as well.

It's hard to watch our own children experience discomfort and yet as parents we know we have to help them learn to manage it and to 'ride the wave' of discomfort and let it pass through to the shore to dissolve away. We do this because we are 'playing a long game', thinking about the independence we want them to have as adults.

Today's article gives us a moment to reflect on this. I'm sure you'll find something affirming for you.

Helping kids to tolerate discomfort

Family Week - Helping kids to feel good

It's Family Week.

With the energy that comes from the onset of spring, this week we will send out a small Parenting Ideas article each morning for your reflection at some moment during the day. We've had positive feedback in the past about these articles. They take no more than three minutes to read.

The first today is 'Helping kids feel good by doing good'. It's a nice reminder that doing small things for others is great for our own well-being and for your child's. After all, there is always someone in need around us that could benefit from a little of our help. Please follow the link below.

Helping kids feel good by doing good

Have a great day!

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