By Kerrie Bollard
Our school held its first PEN event where Dr Justin Coulson came and spoke to us about how to raise a resilient child. 300 parents who attended were able to listen to a very captivating and inspirational talk at the same time as Justin being very entertaining.
Every parent's dream is to raise a child who will bounce back from adversity and challenging times.
Justin presented us with various ways to help build resilience in our children.
Justin told us that our main jobs as parents were to be hope-givers. We need to focus on the positives. He used phrases to share with our children such as “Look how far you have come, now how far can you go?”.
He explained that all children will have uphill battles everyday but to remind them that these uphill battles will only ‘make them stronger’.
Our role is to help our children build their identity. Being supportive parents without being helicopter parents will help us build resilient children. When times are tough we can tell our children not to ask “Why me?” but rather say “Try Me”, a phrase I will be using with my kids moving forward as it’s a great way to turn the situation into a positive.
Justin ended the night with explaining less screen time and more green time may help improve the mental health of our children and there is nothing better than giving our children our time.
I look forward to using all of these techniques to help my children become more resilient.
Thank you Mrs Castellino for organising a fantastic speaker and I look forward to the next event.
**Our next Parent Education Network meeting will be on Wednesday July 31st at 7:30pm at our Hambledon Road Campus**
To keep updated and receive further parenting support visit Dr Justin Coulson's website: https://www.happyfamilies.com.au/