Strengthening Resilience in our Children
There has been a great deal in the media this week about parents in the US who have stepped in and paved the way through illegal means for their children to enter College (university). I believe the term that has been used is “snowplow” parents, those who plough ahead clearing obstacles in their child’s path to success, trying to ensure they don’t experience failure and frustration. The research is very clear on this parenting (or overparenting) style; a child has to experience failure and obstacles as they are growing, and learn how to deal with these if they are going to be able to manage them in their adult lives. Of course, as parents we must support our children. It’s up to us, however, how to discern what that support is to ensure that they move into their adult lives as happy, confident and secure young people, who know how to face the challenges that will inevitably cross their paths. We build resilience by talking our children through hurdles and failures, and acknowledging that their sense of self remains intact no matter what the outcome of the difficulty. As parents, this is the harder road to travel, but it is the one that will have the most long-term benefits on a child’s capacity to cope and manage as they seek to develop a sense of self and identity through their adolescent years.
Palm Sunday Rally
The St Columba’s College community will be represented at the Palm Sunday Walk on Sunday, 14 April 2019 for those seeking asylum in Melbourne. Parents, students and staff are invited to participate, joining Ava Maria College and St Bernard’s College. Our school banners will be held high as we walk in solidarity with Refugees and Asylum Seekers. Everyone is welcome to join us.
We see this as an opportunity to make it clear to our law and policy makers that human beings have a right to seek refuge and asylum, and have a basic human entitlement to live lives free from war and terror. Our current policies of off-shore, long-term detention for people seeking refuge and asylum are punitive, inhumane, not in the spirit of our commitment to the United Nations Refugee Convention and do not reflect the type of Australia we want to be.
This prayer and reflection will be held at:
Cardinal Knox Centre
383 Albert Street, East Melbourne
(Enter via the Lansdowne St Car Park)
Light refreshments will be served from 12.30 pm by the event organisers and the prayer and reflection will begin at 1.00 pm. We will join the Walk for Justice for Refugees at 2.00 pm at the State Library of Victoria.
You can either meet us at Essendon station at 11.30 am to get the train in together, or meet at the Cardinal Knox Centre at 12.30 pm. Alternatively, you could join us when we arrive at the State Library at around 2.00 pm. Please email Renee Fleeton to register your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Catholic community stands for compassion and the fair and humane treatment for people seeking asylum in Australia.