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Northern Territory Government

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Driver Primary School newsletter


issue 12, 1 August 2013

Now known as

Driver Messenger

Previously known as

Driver Primary School Newsletter

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Northern Territory Government



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http://driverprimary.createsend1.com/t/ViewEmail/t/F900FF944A1B9885/1D69DB6416910F092540EF23F30FEDED[2/08/2013 9:24:21 AM] expected to wear their school shirt and hat as per the uniform policy on this day. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you all in your jeans on the 2nd August. mistakes, let others down or experience personal disappointment One of the common attributes of optimistic people is their ability to find a learning, or look for a message, in difficult or negative situations. Parents can help kids reframe events to help them see things differently. For instance, rather than regarding a public speaking opportunity as problematic and a chance to look foolish its better to reframe it as a challenge and a chance to shine. It also helps when parents model reframing so kids see you changing how you view seemingly negative or worrying situations. 7. Dont worry relax and see what happens! Strategy: acceptance Good for: kids who worry about exams or performing poorly in any endeavour; pessimists. If youve ever been driving to an important event only to be stuck in traffic then you would know that there are some situations you just cant control. The only way to cope is to accept whats happening because worrying and fretting wont get you anywhere. Similarly, parents with a resilience mindset can help kids understand whats worth worrying about and whats not, and that some things wont change no matter how much kids fret or beat themselves up! 8. This isnt the end of the world Strategy: maintaining perspective Good for: kids who catastrophise or blow things out of proportion. While most of us catastrophise at times, jumping to the worst possible conclusion, it is a habit that only exaggerates anxiety. When kids constantly think the worst case scenario, challenge their views. Yes, you could end up not knowing anyone at camp but you wont be the only one. Besides youll probably end up making new friends like you generally do. 9. You could be right. But have you thought about Strategy: flexible thinking Good for: kids who catastrophise; experience extreme feelings; who exaggerate. Many children and young people talk in extremes awesome, the best, the worst and gross roll off their tongues easily these days. Unfortunately, their extreme language leads to extreme emotional responses. Develop the habit of winding back their language by introducing shades of grey, rather than black and white. Replace Im furious with Im annoyed. Its an absolute disaster with Its a pain. I cant stand it with I dont like it. Realistic language leads to realistic thinking, which helps kids handle many ordinary situations that they have blown out of proportion. 10. What can we do about this? Strategy: taking action Good for: kids who mope; who experience disappointment; who feel inadequate. Kids can sometimes feel overwhelmed by events such as constant failure, constant rejection or always narrowly missing being picked for a team. They can be overwhelmed by feelings of inadequacy and helplessness. Action is often the best remedy. Help them take the first step forward. Set some goals. Make some plans. Identify the first step and hold their hand while they take it. Taking action is a quality shared by resilient communities, organisations and individuals. Bring resilience into your every day language Resilient parents focus on building childrens and young peoples strengths for the future, while helping them cope with the present difficulties and challenges they experience. The key to