My Year 11 QCS class this week concentrated on current world events including the frightening happenings in Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea and the relationship of Australia, China and the USA. Many in the class were concerned that the advancing tension apparent in the world would lead to ‘World War III’. It took me back to the time when I was their age and my fear of the Cold War between the USA and the USSR (as well as both of their allies) plus potential nuclear holocaust. This fear was very real to me and I vividly remember sleepless nights worrying about the potential escalation in world tensions.
It was apparent in the lesson that I was teaching that many of the students were experiencing similar thoughts and concerns. We chatted in depth about these fears and I could see that students felt relieved that they were not the only ones who had similar visions of impending doom.
There were a number of ‘thank yous’ at the end of the lesson with students grateful that they could ‘talk it out’. It made me realise the importance of talking with our daughters and sons around the kitchen table, in the car or wherever you can so as they can feel free to express their doubts, fears and emotions and not bottle them up inside. It validates them, and a shared concern is a concern that is lessened. Letting go of some of these ‘big/ vague’ concerns is so important to the growth of all adolescents.
Please encourage your children to chat with you at any time. Make the time when these thing do pop up into conversation and don’t brush over the details or play down their concerns.
A broadcast worth listening to:
I listened to the ABC broadcast below about teenage girls, and while we work hard at the College to address many of the concerns expressed in this broadcast, it is always important that parents themselves are aware of developing trends towards raising adolescents to become successful women and men.
Enjoy this interview on ABC Radio with Madonna King author of the newly released book "Being 14".
"Helping fierce teenage girls become awesome women"
Mr Brad Bowen
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