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Principal, Mr Tim Vane-Tempest provides regular blog updates covering a wide range of topical issues at St Matthew's Primary in this blog designed to stimulate feedback and discussion with parents and the wider community.

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  • Week 9 Term 3 2016


    Dear Parents and Caregivers,

    Resilience is a 21st Century parenting concept that we, as parent, need to understand. Some children are resilient by nature – their temperament helps them to be mentally and psychologically strong. We know those children, they get straight back up after a setback or disappointment. Rejection in the playground doesn’t faze them. Unfortunately, not every child has such natural resilience.

    The good news is that most of the research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and they actively foster it in their kids. Resilient kids share four basic skill sets- independence, problem-solving, optimism and social connection.
    Building Resilience In developing resilience parents play an important role by coaching kids through some of their more challenging moments and reviewing what they may have learned for next time. 
    Importantly, as parents, we need to avoid solving all their problems for them. We can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your kids by:

    1. Having a positive attitude yourself. Our attitude as parents impacts on our children’s ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. We need to model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for our children when they meet some of life’s speed humps.
    2. Look for teachable moments. Many children’s learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Making the most of these opportunities so that your child can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face can be the difference.
    3. Make children active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of children that are necessary for resilience.
    4. Build children’s coping skills. There are plenty of strategies we can pass on to children to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way, including ac-ceptance, getting away for awhile, and returning to normal routines as soon as possi-ble after the incident or upset.

    Promoting resilience in children is not a single event but a continuous process that requires adults to be supportive and empathetic when things don’t go their way. It also requires us as parents to have an understanding of resilience, so we have faith in ourselves, and our children’s ability to cope.

    God our Father,
    Lead us to grow
    as people who always put love into all that we do.
    May our attitude, words and actions
    help others to feel wanted, accepted and appreciated.

    As this is the last newsletter for this term I would like to thank all in our community for your ongoing support of the children and staff. We trust that you all enjoy some time as a family during the holiday.

    School will return for all students on Monday 10th October.
    In partnership let us continue to work to develop in the children strong minds and gentle hearts

    Peace and Best Wishes,

    Tim Vane-Tempest,

    Posted By Mr Tim Vane-Tempest at 22/9/16 11:43am Permalink
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