Mark Wyer | Preparatory School Deputy Head – Pastoral Care
It’s no secret that most boys are active, loud and rambunctious. They are naturally loving, energetic, funny creative and sensitive. They are passionate about the things that genuinely interest them, they are romantic and loyal. They love to laugh, see the funny side of almost anything and can be both goofy and graceful at the same time. They have unlimited energy and they can eat and eat as if they are dying of starvation, have a short break and then start eating again. Boys sleep like the dead, grow taller in front of your very eyes and are always up for a wrestle. They are inspired and motivated and want to change the world. They are aware and have a strong sense of right and wrong and they are brave and will do anything for something or someone they believe in.
There is also the other side of boys. Anger, violence and deep depression. Boys that think the world is against them and believe that they are alone, isolated and hopeless. There are many potential issues facing our boys – from drugs, to peer group pressure and the influence of technology. Boys have real dangers in their lives. They are three times more likely than girls to die before the age of 21 and five times more likely to have problems at school. Millions of boys have lessened chances in life because we have failed to understand and love them. Recent research has demonstrated that boys have turned this around and are now less at risk than ten years ago.
With this new realisation of boys’ needs – for exercise, for warm relationships with mothers, for fathers and other good men in their lives to be active and engaged, for schools that know how to teach boy-friendly ways – we can now go much further.
Raising children is something most parents learn on the job. Parenting boys opens up a whole new world, one that can frustrate us, anger and torments us. At the same time and for most of the time, it can be fulfilling, rewarding and joyous when sharing in your son’s personal experiences.
TSS is hosting Dr Arne Rubinstein. Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development, with 30 years’ experience as a doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. His programs and seminars are designed to support boys and girls to successfully make a safe, healthy transition from children to young adults, with a particular focus on creating coming of age Rites of Passage. In 2008, he was nominated for Australian of the Year for his ground-breaking work with youth. Come join Arne as he provides clear guidelines around what boys need at different age levels and practical solutions to help parents deal with the issues that teenagers are facing today, including technology, drugs, alcohol and mental health issues.
As part of this program, we will also be running the Young Warriors Father/Son camp on the Prep School ovals. This provides dads or significant male mentors to spend time with their son in an environment where they have the opportunity to strengthen the father-son relationship. Fathers and sons have the opportunity to work through workshops, talk about significant events in their life and take the opportunity to spend one-on-one time that is becoming increasing harder to facilitate. All boys that have had this experience with their fathers have commented how valuable the experience was to be able to find some quality time with their dads and share an overnight camping experience with them. This year, we will be running the Young Warriors Overnight Camp for boys in Years 4-6. I would encourage all families to come along and listen to Dr Arne Rubinstein and be informed, entertained and take away valuable strategies that you can use with your son. Please see details below for The Making of Men experience coming to TSS.
|Details of Dr Arne’s TSS Visit: Young Warriors Camp|
|Date: Thursday 5 October 2017 Date: Friday 27 October – Saturday 28 October|
|Time: 6:30pm – 8:00pm Time: Friday 4:30pm – Saturday 8:30am|
|Venue: Annand Theatre Venue: Prep School Ovals|
|Cost: Free – Bookings essential Cost: $40 – to cover the cost of food|
|RSVP: Monday October 2 October Register: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Email: email@example.com Further details to follow on Prepbook|
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