Felicitous Life – Parent Resources
Empowering girls to flourish in education and life
There are a number of ways parents can help us achieve our goal of empowering girls to flourish in education and life. In this section there are links to educators and web sites that can help you learn about ideas we use in our program to ensure a consistent approach between school and home.
There are also links to wellbeing professionals in our Ballarat community that will be of use should you have concerns about the wellbeing of your child and wish to get further information or help.
Discovering Strengths – a key feature of our Year 7 program
Strengths Based Parenting – Dr Lea Waters
“This game-changing book reveals the extraordinary results of focusing on our children’s strengths rather than always trying to correct their weaknesses. By showing us how to throw the ‘strength switch’, Dr Lea Waters demonstrates how we can help our children build resilience, optimism and achievement.
As a strength-based scientist for more than 20 years, Waters has seen how this approach enhances self-esteem and energy in both children and teenagers – and how parents find it an exciting and rewarding way to raise them. With many suggestions for specific techniques to interact with your children, Waters demonstrates how to discover their strengths and talents, use positive emotions as a resource, build strong brains, and even how to deal with problem behaviour and talk about difficult situations and emotions. The Strength Switch will show parents that a small shift can yield enormous results.”
To find out more follow the link to her web site. You will have to create a free account to access the quizzes and some of the other information.
Via Character Strengths – completed by students in Year 7 and Year 9
Learn about your Character Strengths through this survey:
“The VIA Survey of Character Strengths is a simple self-assessment that takes less than 15 minutes and provides a wealth of information to help you understand your core characteristics. Most personality tests focus on negative and neutral traits, but the VIA Survey focuses on your best qualities.”
“Created under the direction of Dr. Martin Seligman, the “father of Positive Psychology” and author of Authentic Happiness and Flourish, and Dr. Christopher Peterson, distinguished scientist at the University of Michigan and author of A Primer in Positive Psychology, and validated by Robert McGrath, Ph.D., the VIA Survey is regarded as a central tool of positive psychology and has been used in hundreds of research studies and taken by over 3 million people in over 190 countries resulting in better workplaces… schools… teams…LIVES the world over.”
Other important local links for information on improving wellbeing
Mindmatters Mental Health and Wellbeing Initiative (secondary years) http://www.mindmatters.edu.au/
The Raising Children Network http://raisingchildren.net.au/
The Positive Times http://positivetimes.com.au/
The Positivity Institute (Sydney, Australia) http://www.thepositivityinstitute.com.au
Positive Psychology (University of Melbourne)
Positive Education Schools Association http://www.pesa.edu.au
Ballarat specific sites for wellbeing support
Ballarat Community Health https://bchc.org.au/
Ballarat Youth Mental Health https://www.bhs.org.au/node/257
Headspace https://www.headspace.org.au/headspace-centres/ballarat/ (Ballarat)
http://www.headspace.org.au/ (Australia Wide)
Blossom Tree http://www.blossomtreepsychology.com.au/
Useful wellbeing Apps
Smiling Minds (Mindfulness: Used in Year 7 and 8 Positive Education Lessons) https://smilingmind.com.au/
The Toolbox https://au.reachout.com/sites/thetoolbox
Beyondblue (BeyondNow, The Check-in) https://www.beyondblue.org.au/get-support/beyondnow-suicide-safety-planning
ReachOut Breath http://au.reachout.com/reachout-breathe-app