The Weekly Times - TWT - 14th August 2019

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16 THE WEEKLY TIMES Wednesday 14 August, 2019

Garden guru Costa Georgiadis at Eden Unearthed Exhibition

SILVER Logie winner and TV garden guru Costa Georgiadis officially launched the Eden Unearthed Exhibition recently at Macquarie Parks’ Eden Gardens. He is pictured with Exhibition winners Jan Cleveringa, Marta Ferracin and Leanne Thompson along with judges Trevor Weekes and Allan Giddy and owners Simon and Anna Ainsworth.

How to build resilient kids RESILIENCE refers to a person’s ability to bounce back after a negative experience.

Research shows that children with a high level of resilience have a much better chance of developing and sustaining good mental health when they enter adulthood. It is important to not continually protect your child from negative experiences. Allowing them to make mistakes and experience disappointment is an important part of their development. There are four major areas that need to be addressed in order to build a more resilient child: 1. Social skills: Children need to be able to communicate their feelings to their peers and to be able to show empathy, whilst possessing strong conflict resolution skills. 2. Problem solving: Children who show creativity and flexibility in their thinking are usually more resilient. Being able to solve problems means children become more confident making plans and asking for help.

3. Independence: A strong sense of self and an ability to think autonomously are both important factors. Children who learn to make decisions for themselves are more confident and less likely to fall victim to peer pressure. 4. Optimism: An optimistic child is one

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who believes in their own potential, and sees the link between their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They are not easily disheartened by challenging situations. At Sydney Psychology Centre they use evidenced-based psychological methods to teach resilience skills

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