Rock and Water

22 Feb, 2016

Childhood can be a confusing and turbulent time – but how can we help lead our child to a strong notion of self-confidence?

It is well noted that children respond better when physical exercises are incorporated with mental and social exercises. The Rock and Water program is designed to assist boys and girls to become aware of the purpose and motivation in their life. This activity-based program builds on the complementary strengths of ‘the rock’ and ‘the water’. One is firm and assertive, while the other is flexible and willing to cooperate.

The unique Rock and Water course combines physical exercises, including self-defence, boundary and communication exercises, with mental activities. It is aimed at parents and their children aged 8 – 14, and is designed to be fun for both.

Topics discussed in the course include bullying, life goals, intuition, body language, mental strength, empathic feeling, positive feeling, positive thinking and positive visualising, developing a positive self-image, communication skills, personal boundaries and following an inner compass.

Senior educator Deb Spencer-Smith said both parents and children will leave with a greater sense of self confidence, self-awareness and the ability to pause and self-reflect.

“Having both parent and child present on a strictly one to one basis allows for greater mutual understanding of the program and makes it far more powerful than doing the program separately,” she said.

“It’s also a chance to spend some quality one on one time with your child and an opportunity for you to help them become the confident, grounded and self-aware people that we all wish for our kids.”

Tips for Self-Confidence

  • Teaching optimism is one of the most important things that parents can do to bolster children’s emotional well-being. How children interpret events connects directly to their self-confidence and how they feel about themselves. A child who believes they have competence and influence, even if they makes mistakes, will have a positive view of themselves and of the world and will be much more likely to make the most of opportunities.
  • Listening with your heart allows you to be empathic, take your child’s perspective, or see the world through his or her eyes. This then in turn fosters self-confidence.
  • Affirm your child’s efforts to feel useful. When children are validated they feel worthy and accepted. And they are also likely to work hard to maintain those positive feelings, which means when they encounter setbacks they will have the confidence to try again.
  • Parents who identify and help develop their children’s strengths will see their children become increasingly competent and confident. They will be inspired and confident and gain a sense that they have something to offer the world.

To find out more about the workshop, which is held during March, please visit the education page here. The facilitator for this course is Craig Van Waardenburg, who is an accredited Rock and Water facilitator.

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