Are you ready? It’s back to school

Teenagers – back to school

2010-11-19-09-57-40-6-most-people-have-to-work-and-study-with-computersSo, it is that time of year again when our children go back to school. It is, I have to say, my favourite time of the year. I love the possibility that a new school year holds, but I also know that for some parents it can be really stressful and if your child is going into Year 10 or 11, I may be able to help relieve the stress. If your child is going into Year 12, you may also want to read this.

I do a lot of work with students to improve grades and I have to say that it is one of my most favourite things to do, because this is one of the things I am good at,  I mean really good at! I am able to help them find the motivation that they need to do the work they need to do.

Over the last eight years, I have been using a Student Success Programme called Dare to Be Bright, which is a systematic, holistic approach to studying for exams and doing better at school. It is personalised to every individual child, helping them succeed.  This system has been used again and again, and 90 % of students going through the system have increased their grades, with some raising grades in 5 subjects. Pretty impressive, I’m sure you will agree.

The system involves four distinct areas that I believe are important in helping a child reach their potential at school.

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Heroine of the month – inspirational young women

My Heroine of the month goes to the amazing Carla May.

young female heroineI came across Carla May ages ago when I interviewed her for Talented Teens. Carla has not had it easy on her singing journey to say that least . She has an amazing voice and I love her determination and conviction.  What I love most about Carla May though is her willingness to share her vulnerability as a song writer. This song, which I think is beautiful is about her own journey with self -harm, a issue that I know lots of young girls suffer with. Well done Carla May for sharing your story with others and hopefully your words will help others who feel alone and misunderstood.

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Endless Love that isn’t so endless

Films are the window to youth culture

Endless Love If you ever wanted to know whether we live in child-centric culture and feel the constant need to protect our children, you need look no further than the recent Endless Love film.

When I learnt that they were doing a remake of Endless Love, I was jumping up a down at the prospect of introducing my daughter to a film that had such an impact on me as a child. In fact, I think I blame this film for not finding the love of my life until I was in my 30’s. The original film, released in 1981, was a tragic love story that showed so well the loss of innocence and the devastating effect that can have on a family, which can last a lifetime. It was a film that made you really think and brought up so many questions about real love and it’s all-consuming power.

It is in essence the story of a privileged girl and a charismatic boy whose instant desire sparks a love affair, made only more reckless by parents trying to keep them apart.

So as soon as the film came out, I rushed my daughter to the cinema, telling her all about the story and what was so good about it. The remake was reworked by Joshua Saran of ‘Gossip Girl’ fame and while I expected it to be different, I didn’t expect it to be so different.  While a good film I was left saying, “What?!” My daughter was left saying, “That was a good film”. And while it was, it was so different and lacked all the things that made the first one so devastating. I quickly ran out and bought the original, so she could see how good it was.  And never before have I seen, in such graphic detail, how we protect our young people nowadays!

There were things in the first film that I expected to be different, for example the whole family including the parents taking drugs together at parties, the blatant way the young lovers flaunt in front of their parents that they are sleeping together; I mean, we couldn’t let our children see that could we? That early 80’s attitude would never be acceptable nowadays!

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