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The Penrhos College thrive team believes every student and parent should have adequate resources to support individual wellbeing and development.

The following resources contain articles, websites/apps and books to support every student’s growth into strong, thriving young women.

Articles

Parenting articles from the Australian Childhood Foundation

The Bringing Up Great Kids website contains a range of information for all parents to raise happy and confident children.

The following resources available the website explores key topics about parenting:

Connected Parenting

Mindful Parenting

kidscount.com.au
Resilience in children

Children need to build resilience skills to be able to both enjoy good times and deal with hard times. Helping children to manage these ups and downs builds their coping skills, which are important for their mental health and wellbeing. With the support of caring adults in their lives, they can learn how to deal with small stressful situations. This builds their coping skills. When more stressful incidents occur, they have some coping strategies to help them feel better.

This article from Kids Matter explains the skills and qualities that help children cope with life’s ups and downs as well as ways to enhance your child’s resilience.

KidsMatter - Resilience
Mindfulness for children

In the Junior School, all of the students from Kindergarten to Year 6 practise mindfulness in their classrooms for 15 minutes a day.  When we are mindful, we are tuned in to the present, focused on the here and now, not thinking about the past or worrying about the future.  Mindfulness meditation has been proven to reduce stress, the severity of depression and anxiety, build resilience and generally support our mental health and wellbeing.  It has been found to improve attention and memory processing ability as well as increase children’s ability to self-regulate their emotions. Smiling Mind is one mindfulness program used frequently in our classrooms.

The following article from Kids Matter explains what mindfulness is, the benefits of mindfulness with children and how the adults in their lives can help children to become more mindful.

KidsMatter - Mindfulness
How Empathy Is Important For Parents And Teens When Things Get Stressful

The following article addresses dealing with stress and anxiety for parents and teens.

A 2014 survey published by the American Psychological Association found that teens report feeling even more stressed than adults, and that this affects them in unhealthy ways. Approximately 30 percent of the 1,018 teens surveyed reported feeling sad, overwhelmed or depressed, and 25 percent said that they had skipped meals because of their anxiety.

How Empathy Is Important For Parents And Teens When Things Get Stressful

 

Websites/Apps

KidsMatter

KidsMatter is an Australian mental health and wellbeing initiative set in primary schools and early childhood education and care services. It’s unique because it brings together all the most important people in a child’s life – especially families!

KidsMatter
Smiling Mind app

Smiling Mind is a 100% not-for-profit organisation that works to make mindfulness accessible to all.

 Mindfulness is a tool that can help to:

  • Reduce worries, anxiety and distress
  • Enjoy more energy
  • Create a sense of calm
  • Learn how to relax and regulate emotions
  • Enhance awareness and creativity
  • Improve concentration and increase productivity
  • Develop a sense of empathy and connectedness
  • Enjoy better health and sleep
Smiling Mind
The Happiness Jar

Happiness often seems elusive, forever in the future. We tend to forget what makes us happy as we are going through life too fast unable to collect and recall our happiest moments.

The Happiness Jar is a personalised happiness tool based on research from positive psychology and neuroscience.

The Happiness Jar
ReachOut

ReachOut is Australia’s leading online mental health organisation for young people and their parents. They give practical support, tools and tips to help young people get through anything from everyday issues to tough times. ReachOut offers parents information to make it easier for them to help their teenagers.

ReachOut
headspace

headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation providing early intervention mental health services to 12-25 year olds, along with assistance in promoting young peoples’ wellbeing. This covers four core areas: mental health, physical health, work and study support and alcohol and other drug services.

headspace
Buddhify app

The central idea in buddhify is that you don’t have to find time for meditation, instead it comes to you. Meditations are categorised by what you’re doing or how you’re feeling. So you’ll find guided meditations for Walking, Stress & Difficult Emotion, Work Break, Going to Sleep, Waking Up and other different categories. Written and voiced by our range of hand-picked teachers, the sessions last from 4 minutes all the way through to 30 minutes.

Buddhify
Child Youth Health

Child Youth Health is a South Australian organisation that provides support for families through a range of services.  Child Youth Health have online resources and information sheets for young people aged between 12 and 17 on health topics A-Z.

Child Youth Health

 

Books

Danielle Miller — The Butterfly Effect: A New Approach to Raising Happy, Confident Teen Girls

Danni wrote The Butterfly Effect to inspire parents to create their own new realities for their daughters. Her book both celebrates and challenges the joy and beauty of teen girls in an age of raunch and consumer culture. The Butterfly Effect offers practical, intuitive and powerful strategies, and uses humour to disarm and open up new ways of looking at self-esteem, resilience, body image, friendship, consumerism, navigating the online world, overcoming girls’ fear of failure and finding positive role models.

This book is also available for loan in the Penrhos College Library.

Learn more: The Butterfly Effect
Danielle Miller and Nina Funnell — Lovability: An Empowered Girl’s Guide to Dating and Relationship

Not into you? Too into you? What happens when feelings aren’t mutual? When to stay and when to go? Can’t handle the heartbreak? Or maybe just sick of being single? In this guide, Dannielle Miller and Nina Funnell will help you navigate your way through the often complex world of relationships. Their combination of professional expertise and personal stories delivers a book that is like the best chat you could ever have with your friends, filled with good advice that is smart, but also warm, funny and never judgemental.

This book is also available for loan in the Penrhos College Library.

Learn more: Loveability
Steve Biddulph — Raising Girls

Steve Biddulph is a world-renowned parent educator and psychologist of 30 years.  He now writes and teaches.  His books are well known for influencing the way we look at childhood.

Raising Girls: Helping Your Daughter to Grow Up Wise, Warm and Strong is a response to what Biddulph identifies as a “sudden and marked plunge in girls’ mental health” over the past five years, during which the growth of social media has encouraged anxiety and narcissism, childhood exposure to pornography has increased, and corporations have made millions from the pinkification of girlhood. “The world today does not seem to care about girls at it should, and sees them just as a way to make money.”

This book is also available for loan in the Penrhos College Library.

Learn more: Raising Girls
Rachel Simmons — Enough As She Is

Building Resilience in Girls

Rachel Simmons’ newly released book, Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy, and Fulfilling Lives, has been met with widespread acclaim for its down-to-earth advice designed to help adults give girls the tools to overcome the growing culture of self-criticism that means that “no matter how hard they try, they will never be smart enough, successful enough, pretty enough, thin enough, popular enough, or sexy enough”.

This book is also available for loan in the Penrhos College Library.

Learn more: Enough As She Is
Peggy Orenstein — Don't Call Me A Princess

In American author, journalist and feminist, Peggy Orenstein’sd newest book, “Don’t Call Me Princess”: What do we tell our children about relationships, sex and respect?, she impresses on parents the need to speak openly with their children about sex and relationships. She believes this will give them the confidence to know what a healthy and consensual relationship looks like. If parents don’t educate teens about sex, Orenstein warns, the mainstream media and pornography will, leading to unequal relationships and risky behaviour.