More than 550 hear advice on listening to daughters, not trying to fix their issues
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here
News

More than 550 hear advice on listening to daughters, not trying to fix their issues

Partnership for Jewish Schools invited parents to an online Wellbeing & Me session "Understanding girls: managing anxiety, navigating friendships and striving for perfection".

A wellbeing event has given parents some tips on how to handle their daughters’ anxiety, friendships and perfectionism.

The Partnership for Jewish Schools (PaJeS) on Monday 23 May invited parents to an online Wellbeing & Me session titled “Understanding girls: managing anxiety, navigating friendships and striving for perfection”.

More than 550 parents heard from Dr Tara Porter, clinical psychologist and writer ask how different girls lives and experiences are today, compared to when they grew up.

She also asked them to think about why are rates of mental health challenges so high and what is so toxic about the environment that girls are growing up in today.

Dr Porter highlighted 3 main differences:

1. Technological changes related to social media.

2. A huge change in expectations of women with regard to education and within the workplace.

3. A global connectedness and subsequent global competition.

Dr Porter presented slides that encouraged the audience to think about the different systems that a young person exists within, such as family, friends, school, community and wider society.

Each of these can act as additional pressure on a young person and it is important to recognise where individual anxiety stems from.

Dr Porter suggested what parents can do to support their daughters through this journey.

She highlighted that the most important suggestion is to keep the relationship going and to find the time to listen and help the young person to reduce or cope with the anxiety, rather than try to fix or exacerbate the problem.

Dr Porter spoke to parents about the importance of active, empathic listening whilst allowing girls the time to talk about friendship issues rather than taking over and steering their friendships. She urged them to avoid giving advice and do not try to solve their problems.

Dr Porter answered questions about managing exam stress, peer pressure, being a ‘good enough’ parent, and where to draw the line between listening and advising.

Feedback from this event was extremely positive and further events are being planned.

Full recording of the event: https://www.pajes.org.uk/understanding_girls

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments