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Parent Resources

We have collated below a selection of web sites and articles that you may find useful as parent resources. These are not produced by St Margaret’s but are all third party information sources. We hope you find some or all of these parent resources valuable.

Protecting your child’s online privacy – From sharing pictures of a child’s first day at school to key moments at high school, many adults don’t consider the potential risks or breach of future privacy for kids.

Creating healthy digital habits in kids – Surveys have consistently shown that children have been exposed to rising amounts of screen time in recent years, as well as parents struggling to manage the moods and time demands of children and young people.

Encouraging healthy attitudes towards women – Recent events and current statistics highlight that as a nation we have a serious problem when it comes to domestic violence. Disrespect towards girls can begin in childhood, and we can break the cycle when we teach our children to be respectful and caring right from the start.

Balancing extra-curricular activities for flourishing kids – Busyness seems to have become a way of life for modern families. It’s unlikely you’ll ever hear a parent talk of having plenty of free time on their hands. Unfortunately, that’s a statement unlikely to be heard from a lot of modern-day kids either.

Daily lessons in resilence – Recently, I saw a mother give a simple, yet profound resilience lesson to her school-aged child, after he missed a much-anticipated excursion due to poor behaviour at school. Replying to the child’s protests about teacher unfairness and his over-reaction to missing out on a learning opportunity his mum simply replied, “Oh well!” Then she busied herself with other tasks. 

Unearthing kid’s strengths – Personality strengths – our character – play a big role in helping us build our talents. Think about anyone who has built a talent and imagine if it could have been done without character. Imagine Einstein without curiosity, The Beatles without creativity, Mother Teresa without compassion or Neil Armstrong without bravery.

Top 5 strategies to improve your parenting this year – The start of the year is a great time for making changes and improvements to the way you raise kids. But it’s difficult to know where to begin. To assist with the change process we’ve carefully selected five practical strategies that will have a positive impact if acted upon.

Why developing empathy in your child matters – Parenting is a socialisation process during which parents develop in their children and teenagers the skills and attitudes that will enable them to fit into the different groups they encounter. 

6 nightmare habits that are ruining teenagers’ sleep – Many teenagers today are sleep deprived. They should be getting between nine and 10 hours sleep each night, yet most get only seven or eight hours. Some get less.

How do you show up for your kids – Parenting is incredibly fulfilling and the most important ‘job’ any of us will ever do, but it can also be demanding, frustrating and exhausting. 

You can say no to teenagers – Two mums came to me recently, fretting over a decision they had to make. Their daughters, who had both just turned 13, had asked for permission to go on a Saturday night party bus with over forty 16- and 17-year-olds.

Five forgotten skills sets that contribute to student success – we hear a great deal about growth mindsets, good mental health habits and creating digitally savvy students but we can easily overlook the skill sets that form the building blocks of long-term school success.

Dealing with video game crazes – Working with kids in schools has alerted me to the seemingly unprecedented obsession with the new online game Fortnite. Not since Pokémon Go has something seemed to take the world by storm, leaving parents wondering when it will ever stop.

Developing your child’s emotional intelligence – Emotions are hard to control and difficult to see. Like slippery eels swimming in a dam, you know that they are down there somewhere but it’s hard to figure just what they are doing.

Four reasons why your child or teen may be anxious – Increasingly children and teenagers are experiencing anxiousness that impacts negatively on their quality of life. Here are four reasons with strategies to help.

Fostering healthy sibling relationships – If your kids constantly fight with each other, then don’t despair. All that emotional energy isn’t going to waste.

Let kids off the leash for greater confidence and resilience – Deep down we know that giving kids more freedom is good for their overall development, yet we so often struggle to give kids the same liberties to roam that many of us enjoyed as children ourselves.

Strategies to deal with cyberbullying – Cyberbullying is certainly one of the downsides of the digital world and something that evokes great fear amongst parents and educators.

Five steps to helping your anxious teen achieve their goals – Anxiety and avoidance go hand in hand. Since anxiety is a response to a perceived threat or danger, it’s perfectly natural that when your teen is feeling anxious, turning away from whatever is provoking that feeling feels like the logical thing to do.

Generation Next – a social enterprise providing education and information to protect and enhance the mental health of young people. Subscribe to receive their regular newsletter.

10 ways to help teenagers shift their modes – ever had a teenager in a grumpy mood and she just doesn’t know how to make herself feel better? Alternatively, you may have experienced a teenager who comes home from school so angry that there’s steam coming from his ears.

Netsafe – the Government’s approved agency to promote confident, safe and responsible use of online technologies.

The Rite Journey – information on the programme used by St Margaret’s with our Middle School students, designed to develop self-aware, vital, responsible and resilient adults.

Failure! What a genius idea! – parenting insights by Michael Grose.

Not in front of the children – the things parents say in front of their children have wide-ranging effects on their learning, confidence and behaviour.

The agony and ecstasy of teenage peer groups – young people generally want to fit into their various social groups so peer approval is a significant driver for their behaviour. For a young person, resisting peer influence can mean isolation or instant ostracism so it sometimes takes great strength of will to refuse to follow the crowd.

How to help kids when you think they are being bullied – bullying is a word that’s wrapped in emotion. For many people bullying is associated with bad childhood memories. It’s been estimated that around 40 per cent of people have experienced some type of bullying in the past.

The myth of multi-tasking – being a parent today has plenty of challenges, none more so than keeping up with what our kids are doing on their devices. This is particularly the case when we think they should be using their time more productively.

Six easy ways to support your child’s mental health – even the small things can make a difference.

Managing Christmas chaos as a sole parent – for single parents, December can be particularly challenging logistically, physically and emotionally. Here are some tips on on how to manage the chaos of Christmas.

Help young people beat exam stress – at the pointy end of the year many young people will start to experience the stress that comes with impending examinations.

When young people catastrophise – there’s nothing more therapeutic than knowing someone understands you. As a listener that means you need to really tune into the feelings behind your child’s venting.

The power of gratitude for a happier life – by nurturing gratitude in our children, we’re helping them develop a strength that will positively affect their happiness, and their relationships, over a lifetime. It’s that powerful.

Five forgotten mental health habits to promote in young people – Young adolescents are at increased risk of experiencing mental health problems including anxiety and depression. Now is the time to make good mental health habits a priority for your young person. And while there’s been a great deal written about mental health habits recently, here are five habits worth developing that often go under the radar.

Peer time counts big time towards your young person’s success – the more time children spend in adult-initiated activities the less free time they have to spend among themselves, and the enormous benefits this brings.