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In their words: Michele Chevalley Hedge & Food to fuel versus food to nourish. Are they the same?

In their words: Michele Chevalley Hedge & Food to fuel versus food to nourish. Are they the same?

Written by on March 18, 2016 in Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

Food today isn’t as straightforward as it was many years ago. In the past, we ate purely what we grew and followed the seasons. Now our choices are seemingly endless. Our supermarket aisles are filled with packaged foods that are convenient, long-lasting and with lists of ingredients that would have the best of us scratching our heads. With most of us […]

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In their words: Jane Burns & The digital age of youth mental health

In their words: Jane Burns & The digital age of youth mental health

Written by on February 25, 2016 in Digital Health, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

Every day in Australia we lose seven young lives to suicide. One in four young people experience a mental health disorder, and 75 percent of young people aged 16 to 24 do not seek help for their mental health. The statistics are staggering, and unfortunately show that young people are struggling to manage their wellbeing. […]

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Big data and how it can help our emotional selves

Big data and how it can help our emotional selves

Written by on January 28, 2016 in Digital Health, Relationships, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

The prevalence of technology means anonymity is virtually impossible in this day and age. That’s because we leave so-called ‘digital breadcrumbs’ every time we use our mobile phone, log onto Facebook, or even use the Internet. Just as there are those who fear the power of big data in the wrong hands, many also see […]

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In their words: Sonja Lyubomirsky & Are parents happier or more miserable?

In their words: Sonja Lyubomirsky & Are parents happier or more miserable?

Written by on January 21, 2016 in Happiness, Relationships, Young People with 0 Comments

Evolutionary psychologists tell us that wanting offspring is hardwired, but for most of us, the decision to have a child is intensely personal. Rather than considering our species’ survival, the decision often hinges on whether we think being a parent will make us happy – a consideration that has become all the more daunting in […]

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In their words: Michelle Chevally Hedge & Happy brains develop from good food

In their words: Michelle Chevally Hedge & Happy brains develop from good food

Written by on January 19, 2016 in Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

If you are a parent concerned about the wellbeing of your child – their brain function, concentration, energy, emotions and physical health – then it makes sense to be concerned about their nourishment. Did you know that … 1 in 5 teenagers are likely to experience a diagnosable depressive episode. 1 in 10 kids are diagnosed with […]

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The value of music education

The value of music education

Written by on December 14, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

Have you ever noticed how much really young children love to sing? Quite naturally and unselfconsciously, and without any prompting, they’ll just break out in a tune, either some rhyming ditty they’ve learnt at kindy or a melody they’ve made up. I see this in my own Godchildren, aged four and two, whose warbling duets […]

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In their words: Nkandu Beltz & Words have power

In their words: Nkandu Beltz & Words have power

Written by on August 19, 2015 in Happiness, Relationships, Young People with 0 Comments

When I was young I was told that “of all the talents that God has given us, the power of speech is the most important gift” and that it should be delicately cultivated. There is no other greater talent than this. Words are such a powerful tool, they can break a heart and destroy a […]

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Can we teach gratitude to kids?

Can we teach gratitude to kids?

Written by on August 18, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 3 Comments

A friend lamented to me recently the heart sink she felt on the morning of her 11 year-old-daughter Lucy’s birthday. Even though Lucy had a stack of presents to open, she seemed disappointed there weren’t more of them. She barely glanced at each gift after unwrapping it before she was reaching for the next one […]

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Build self-respect, not self-esteem

Build self-respect, not self-esteem

Written by on July 14, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 1 Comment

Were you to ask a random selection of individuals whether young people with high self-esteem perform better academically than young people with low self-esteem, the majority would probably respond in the affirmative. But they’d be wrong. This boils down to a misunderstanding about the benefits of self-esteem which, among other things, has spawned the phenomenon […]

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From sharing to caring

From sharing to caring

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

“Why do we steal our kids’ questions?” Dan Haesler says. He wonders why parents shut their kids up when they ask questions about cultural diversity. But is blind acceptance the right approach? Perhaps this is why we end up with people like Attorney-General George Brandis saying that people have a right to be bigots, and […]

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The power of first-hand experiences

The power of first-hand experiences

Written by on June 11, 2015 in Happiness, Learning, Young People with 0 Comments

“When you’re ready your teacher comes,” John Marsden says. After meeting a narrow-minded Australian man in his 70s on a train in Canada, he spent a great deal of time wondering, “How can you live so long and learn so little?” “We’re all born at the station called ignorance,” John says. The journey towards knowledge, […]

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A conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

A conversation with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Written by on June 10, 2015 in Happiness, Young People with 2 Comments

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama enters the stage and bows to the audience. Everyone is standing, humbled by the sight of this incredible, compassionate leader. He smiles and casually indicates everyone to sit down, as if they are making too much of a fuss. Richard Fidler tells the audience a little about the Dalai […]

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Mindfulness & learning by Guest Blogger Janis Coffey

Mindfulness & learning by Guest Blogger Janis Coffey

Written by on April 30, 2015 in Learning, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

Like other skills children learn at school such as maths formulas, how to read and write, and making and keeping friends, mindfulness is a skill which requires intentional and frequent practise. Waters and colleagues (2014) propose a model of how meditation influences student learning. In this model, meditation improves cognitive functioning and emotional regulation, which […]

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Wellness in schools

Wellness in schools

Written by on April 26, 2015 in Learning, Wellness, Young People with 0 Comments

Is it possible to promote health and wellbeing in schools? Can schools make a difference to the wellbeing and resilience of students? The simple answer is: yes. As our community becomes increasingly aware of the need to nurture personal wellbeing, schools are also embracing programs that support the mental health of students. Schools have a […]

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