Our confidence boosting and social skills sessions are all designed to encourage personal development in a safe environment where kids can feel at ease to express themselves. Our activities help children to develop valuable life skills and to learn how to manage some of the stresses that come along the way. These sessions give everyone the confidence to realise their full potential and to help them devise the strategies they need to achieve their ambitions.
The art of conversation and questioning
In an age where most young people are texting, abbreviating and communicating more often than not with their peers via screen it's important that they do not lose the art of conversation altogether. Possessing excellent interpersonal skills and being able to communicate effectively are key to long-term success. At least one generation has already grown up with phone-toting parents who are emotionally absent and distracted - at the playground, over the dinner table and during family gatherings.
Conversations flow when we move from topic to topic and person to person in a way that feels smooth and natural. For example, one fundamental tool for helping conversations flow is the idea of invitation. An invitation is something you say that communicates very clearly that it is now the other person's turn to talk, and gives a strong suggestion for what the other person should talk about. That is an invitation. For instance, "What did you do today?" is an invitation.
Making good decisions
Learning to make their choices helps children become more independent, responsible, and confident. While your child will not become decisive overnight, there's plenty we can do to help. Making good decisions is a skill set that needs to be developed like any other. We teach children how to use a decision framework to help them make choices and minimise the chances of making a wrong decision.
Setting and achieving goals
Setting goals gives children incentive to move forward. Having goals enables children to focus and helps them to organise their time and resources so that they can make the very most of their time and life. Having goals for things children want to do and working towards them is an important part of growing up and being human. The road to achieving goals may not always run smoothly or be easy, but having goals, whether big or small, is part of what makes life good and points children in the direction they want to go, getting them interested and engaged.
Strategies for managing stress
Many aspects of a child's life can cause stress. Early teen years are marked by rapid changes—physical, cognitive, and emotional. The things that cause adolescents stress are often different from what stresses adults and how a young person copes with stressors can have significant short and long-term consequences on their physical and emotional health.
We help children with strategies for managing their stress in their lives, but it is vital that parents observe their children, watch for unusual behaviour and listen to their children. We encourage you to be open with your kids. Parents can be supportive even if they cannot relate to what they child might be feeling.
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