Why Are There Too Many Pressures on the Young These Days? Final series - You're not defined by your exam results. Failure happens when you fall and refuse to get up again. I'm guessing that when you were first learning to walk you fell over multiple times, but those falls didn't put you off persevering, and now you're able to walk and even run. A successful life is about taking some knocks and treating them as lessons along the way, a guide to trying a different direction, one that's better suited to you and where you want to go.
Have a fallback position in reserve. Establish a Plan B so that all your eggs aren't in the one basket. When you've other options, no matter how unlikely they seem, you'll feel that you've reclaimed some power, a sense of still being in control. And it's a relief, very liberating to feel somewhat in charge of your own life, not following a pre-determined path. It can be both scary and exhilarating at the same time! This way any pressure is genuinely your own!
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2 2519 April, 2019
Why Are There Too Many Pressures on the Young These Days? Series 4 - Studying and passing exams occupies a lot of time, thought and energy for young people, considerably adding to the many pressures they face. University is a focus for many and whilst university can be seen as a rite of passage it's not the only option or even the best one for everyone. Studying something you may be uncertain about, may never use, whilst running up massive amounts of debt can add to the pressure already being experienced by them.
Taking a gap year to consider your thoughts and dreams can be a viable use of some time and teach important life skills along the way. Another option can be to ease the pressure by going to college to learn a skill or trade or joining an apprenticeship scheme. Undertaking education in a more 'hands on', less academic way can feel more relevant to everyday life. It can help identify your specific skill sets, those talents and areas you could develop in the future and is an effective way to introduce young people to a real work situation.
It may initially feel like failure if you don't get into university but not going may be a blessing in disguise. Often when one door closes another one opens. That new door may offer a route into a satisfying career, starting your own business, following a path you may have never previously considered.
1 2319 April, 2019
Why Are There Too Many Pressures on the Young These Days? Series 2
Peer pressure, whether real or perceived is everywhere and from an early age. Wearing the 'right' brands, having the latest technology, fitting in with the correct look, can make all the difference to being accepted by others or not. It's often only as we get older that we aspire to be different, relish having a quirky or eccentric look, but often younger people don't have the confidence or self-assurance to not care about fitting in as neatly as possible. Parental pressure can be self-imposed. There may be guilt about working hard enough and doing well after seeing the struggles that our parents went through, the sacrifices they made in order for us to have the opportunities they missed. Some parents may have worked long hours, or battled alone as a single parent so that their children didn't have to do without. Or there may be a 'golden' sibling and the pressure to match their results is an unspoken reminder of what could be achieved.
1 1919 April, 2019
Why Are There Too Many Pressures on the Young These Days?
Are you one of those people who say, 'I'd give anything to be young again?' But, on reflection, would you really? Maybe knowing what you know now and going back in time would be an enticing option, but I'm guessing that a reasonable percentage of us would dread having to face the many pressures on the young these days.
School teachers are noting that even the 'jocks', the sporty, super-fit boys, are experiencing a higher incidence of mental health related issues; food issues, body dysmorphia, depression and suicidal tendencies are increasingly prevalent.
While a child's poor decision may result in an unhappy outcome, there is value in allowing children to make such mistakes when the consequences are not severe. By helping to process what happened, how it happened, and why it happened, they can learn to become more conscious of their choices, and more responsible for their actions.
At Babybloom we help to turn these unhappy events into valuable learning experiences that will help the child develop the skills to make better decisions in the future.
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Decision-Making: Allowing Children to Make Mistakes part 3
Being as compassionate or neutral as possible, and without judgment, help the child to identify exactly what the choice was that led to the undesired outcome. Help the child to reflect, using hindsight, to discover what other decision(s) could have been made, which might have led to a more desirable outcome.
It is through reflection and processing about the decisions that have led to undesirable outcomes, that we can increase a child's awareness that it is better to think things through BEFORE making a decision, and we can guide a child in how to do that.
1 2111 April, 2019
Decision-Making: Allowing Children to Make Mistakes part2.. Children can learn from the consequences of their choices. For example, a preschooler may cry about a block structure that fell down, "I pulled this bottom block out and the whole tower fell down!" An older child, experiencing a more serious undesired outcome such as losing his/her bike, may cry, "I just left my bike there for a little while because I wanted to go play with my friend!" In situations such as these, when a child experiences a negative outcome, help the child reflect upon what transpired, as well as his/her role in the process.
There was a point at which a decision was made... perhaps impulsively, perhaps without forethought and consideration of possible outcomes or consequences. This is where we want to help focus the child's attention.
1 2011 April, 2019
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0 1811 April, 2019
Decision-Making: Allowing Children to Make Mistakes
It is important that we help children develop good decision-making skills. By the time children are teens, or even pre-teens, they will be exposed to decisions that can have life-altering consequences. It is our job, as adults, to help children develop good decision-making skills so that their decisions can have the best possible outcomes.
As adults, we often intervene when children are trying to make a decision. Why do we intervene? Common reasons include: • because we can do it faster • because we can do it better • because we can protect them from making mistakes
However, allowing children to make mistakes is an important part of helping them learn to make good decisions. Just as we adults can learn from our mistakes, so too can children's mistakes become positive learning experiences. In those situations, we can help children process what happened, back-tracking from the outcome to the point at which a decision was made that led to that outcome. In this way, they can learn to make better decisions in the future, either when similar circumstances arise, or in general situations where a decision is required.
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