From the Head of the Crowther Centre – Dr Ray Swann 

Keep, Stop, Start: A routine to try for ‘back to on-site learning’

I’m sure many of you are like me in the range of thoughts and emotions you’ve had this year – both as a parent, and also in work. The pandemic has certainly changed much of what we know (or taken for granted) and we have become familiar with phrases like ‘the new normal’.

Recently, the ABS released a report on Household impacts of COVID-19. The report indicated that around 46% of Australians were working from home during the lockdown, with 94% of respondents avoiding people and 85% avoiding public spaces. Not surprisingly, 22% of us said we were eating more snack foods, and 58% said they were on devices more frequently. I was firmly in the more snack food camp.

Much has been said about the lockdown, and despite a focus on the difficulties, there have also been some real positives. For many, more time at home has seen better connections formed and an increase in chores at home (~70%) and time with pets (~38%).

To that end, we offer this simple routine for you and your son before he heads back to on-site learning – a keep, stop, start.  There has been so much change and it’s important to acknowledge what has worked and what hasn’t.  Set aside some time for a conversation with your son using this framework:

Over the last couple of months, what is something that you’ve learnt about yourself – something that you might like to keep?
Prompts could include: being more engaged in family life, being more engaged, some of the things that he may have learned on the red square or the Oak.

Now that you are heading back to school, is there something that you used to do that you now no longer to do? Is there something that you could let go of?
Prompts could include: being less concerned about ‘keeping up’/FOMO (fear of missing out), or it could be related to health and wellbeing more broadly, including sleep and diet.

Over the last while, no doubt you’ve thought about some things you might want to do differently when you’re back at school. It could be a new ‘way of being’, or it might be that you have become more grateful for something.
Prompts could include: the school legacy project ‘Make it count’ – what would you like to do to make it count? Is there something that you haven’t done that maybe you could try?

Whatever the outcome of your conversation, this will be an invaluable time for you to check in with your son about how he is feeling as our learning landscape continues to evolve.

Parent Workshop Program – Webinar edition

We will continue to offer parent webinars this term.

The Crowther Centre would love to hear your thoughts on topics that matter to you. 

The Understanding Boys Podcast

Have you listened to the Understanding Boys Podcast hosted by Dr Ray Swann? Now with 13 episodes, it’s available wherever you listen to your podcasts or on the Understanding Boys website

With interviews featuring guests such as former Ironman Trevor Hendy, International parenting expert Megan De Beyer, author of ‘Legacy’ James Kerr and one of Australia’s most successful screen and theatre actors Lisa McCune, there is something for everyone. 

Do you know someone who would be great to be interviewed on the topic of ‘What makes a good man?’ Please get in touch with us at the Crowther Centre to tell us more!