Dr John Irvine – one of Australia’s most respected child psychologist – head a vital talk for parents. Click here for more information
As a teenager, I remember my Dad providing my sisters and myself with valuable relationship advice by frankly telling us to “wake up to ourselves!” and even to “take a good look in the mirror!”
At the time, we would laugh and carry on regardless, totally unaware of his meaning. As it is with hindsight, I can now begin to understand the wisdom in his words.
Dad was encouraging us to be more ‘aware’, to become more ‘mindful’ and even more ‘conscious’ of our behaviour. He was attempting to teach us the necessary tools to self manage our emotions, behaviour and relationships.
“What do you want to do, when you grow up?” For those children and teenagers who do not know the answer to this question, feelings of uncertainty and anxiety can replace the dreaming, innovative and optimistic nature of our children and teenagers.
Instead of focusing on the ‘what’, maybe the focus could be on the ‘how’ do you want to be when you grow up? In answering this question all parents would say, “happy and healthy!” Most, if not all children and teenagers would agree.