I'm wondering what sort of conversations you are having with your young person about how school is going for them so far this year.
As a family, yesterday afternoon we had a special 'getting through the week' ice cream treat and a brief check in. Some of our discussion centred on what everyone's character strengths were.
Yes, mum may be a little bit of a nerd sometimes....
This page link below takes you to an article called 'Setting yourself up for a great year'. The article gives some suggestions for how older students can take a more positive approach to their studies. Although it doesn't talk directly about strengths, it highlights opportunities schools provide for your child to use strengths such as curiosity, self-regulation, perseverance, zest, hope, humour, bravery and social intelligence.
When you look at this article there may be a suggestion that jumps out at you as a good fit for your child.
If so, it could be that you are recognising a match between the suggestion, and a strength of your child. If you think your child may benefit from the suggestion you may want to discuss this suggestion with them, ........ or print the article out and leave it lying around on the kitchen table.
* My aim is for these posts is meant to useful, interesting and/or inspiring. They are not designed to be used for therapy.. If you are experiencing stress please contact your GP or mental health professional.
Kim Dunn is a Child Psychologist and Founder of Positive Young Minds.