Empowering Kids. Connecting Families. Promoting Positive Mental Health.

Everyday Kids. Everyday Problems.

We all want the same thing for our children. That is for them to be happy. What does a life of happiness look like? A life of happiness looks very similar to a life of unhappiness.  Both are filled with challenges, hurdles to conquer, hardships, disappointments and failures. 

Happiness is not a life without hurdles or setbacks or challenges.  But rather a life of happiness is a life where we are able to tackle life’s challenges and setbacks with optimism, grit and grow from adversity. 

Happiness involves a set of skills, which can be learned, nurtured and strengthened with immediate benefits to our mental health, our learning and our relationships. 


 

These skills are often referred to as our Emotional Intelligence.  Developing a child’s emotional intelligence plays a vital role in raising happy, resilient and well-adjusted kids.  Mastering the essential skills in life lays a strong foundation for learning, relationships and citizenship critical for success in school and beyond.  Emotional intelligence is possibly the most valuable skills you can acquire. At Get GRIT we are about teaching these essential skills through our studio and online classes. 

As a school guidance counsellor and mother of three young children, my mission is to make a difference to the lives of children and their families.  The most important thing I do is raise my own three kids. They make me smile, make my laugh, make me tired, and occasionally make me hide in my cupboard with a block of peppermint chocolate. The second most important thing I do is to empower children around the world with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive wellbeing.  My mission is to help kids live their best lives. 

Michele Lund

 

School Guidance Counsellor/ Creator and Managing Director of Get GRIT

Bachelor of Education (Primary), Master of Education (Guidance and Counselling)

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The Get GRIT Program

Get GRIT empowers kids with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive well-being. The program uses evidence-based practices to teach your child how to master the skills needed to thrive, both now and for the rest of their lives.

Get GRIT teaches children how to:

  • Manage their emotions,

  • Enjoy healthy and positive relationships,

  • Develop a growth mindset, 

  • Be resilient,

  • Persistent,

  • Optimistic,

  • Tackle life's challenges with grit and

  • Reach their true potential.  

 

The word ‘grit’ is often used to describe resilience, perseverance and determination.  Get GRIT aims to develop grit and much more. GRIT is an acronym for Getting Along, Building Resilience, Identifying Emotions and Taking Responsibility. 

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What Does a Kid with GRIT look like?

  • Kids with GRIT have a positive attitude and a growth mindset. They believe they can do anything they set their minds to.

  • Kids with GRIT never give up.  They believe that challenges will make them smarter and they believe that mistakes are proof that they are trying. 

  • Kids with GRIT are persistent and resilient.  They dream big and work hard towards making those dreams come true. 

  • Kids with GRIT know that they are the boss of their thoughts and their feelings.  They manage their anger, frustrations and worries and bounce back from difficulties. 

  • Kids with GRIT catch negative I Can’t thoughts that stop them enjoying their day and change them into positive I Can thoughts.

  • Kids with GRIT maintain friendships by sharing, taking turns, and being honest and trustworthy- they don’t play to win the game but to win friendships. 

  • Finally, kids with GRIT know how to stand up for themselves and are confident, courageous and brave.

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GRIT is an acronym for Getting Along, Building Resilience, Identifying Emotions and Taking Responsibility.  The four elements in the Get GRIT Program will teach your child the most important skills in life. 

Getting Along

 

This element involves children learning the skills to get along with other people and better understand relationships.  By building positive relationships with others, children will be happier and more fulfilled and feel more supported and connected. 

Children will learn how to:

  • Establish and build positive relationships

  • Maintain friendships

  • Work collaboratively

  • Negotiate and resolve conflict

  • Be assertive

Building Resilience

 

This element involves children learning the skills to persevere in the face of setbacks and frustrations, to be grittier, more positive and optimistic.  Children are taught resilient thinking skills to reduce stress, anxiety and negative thinking. Training children to be aware of their internal dialogue and their thinking patterns fosters resilience by helping them to better manage life’s inevitable disappointments.

Children will learn how to:

  • Persevere to overcome frustrations

  • Bounce back from adversities

  • Build resilient thinking skills 

  • Change negative thoughts to positive thoughts

 

Identifying Emotions

 

This element involves children developing awareness of their own emotions and others.  Self-awareness, the cornerstone of emotional intelligence, is the ability to recognise emotions and their impact on both yourself and others. Empathy builds on self-awareness and is a fundamental skill essential to successful relationships and interactions. 

 

Children will learn how to:

  • Recognise emotions

  • Regulate and manage emotional responses

  • Recognise personal qualities and achievements

  • Manage anxiety

  • Manage anger

  • Understanding others emotional states and needs (empathy)

 

Take Responsibility

 

This element involves teaching children to take responsibility for their learning by developing a mindset of growth, persistence and optimism. Changing the way a child perceives their own abilities and potential can drastically improve their performance. Too often children live in the now rather than the yet and as a result they focus on their limitations rather than their potential.

 

Children will learn how to:

  • Develop a growth mindset

  • Make positive and responsible decisions

  • Develop self-discipline

  • Set goals

  • Take risks

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Get GRIT Program

ONLINE Programs

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The Get GRIT Program, for children aged 5-12 years, is a five week program that empowers kids with the knowledge and skills to maintain a healthy mind and positive wellbeing.

An interactive, online, self-paced program empowering kids to live their best lives.

'Get a GRIP on Anxiety', recommended for children aged 8- 12 years, is a half day workshop that empowers kids to face their fears by building courage, confidence and resilience.

We can help your child if they are experiencing :

  • Anxiety
  • Difficulties understanding and managing emotions

  • Low self-esteem and confidence

  • Negative self-talk

  • Fixed mindset

  • Difficulties with social skills

  • Difficulties making and keeping friends

  • Dealing with grief, loss or trauma (including parent separation)

  • Low self-efficacy

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'My son recently completed the Get GRIT program and he enjoyed it and found it very worthwhile. He has been able to use the skills and concepts learnt in the sessions and apply it in real-life, day to day situations. The weekly emails and activity book allowed me to understand what was being covered and how sessions were being facilitated. I'm so pleased I enrolled my son in the Get GRIT program, especially now as he is about to start high school'.

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'I am delighted to report that this at afternoon Lucy played connect 4 and naughts and crosses for about a 1.5 hours with her little brother and she didn’t cry once, despite losing several games. This is a first in as long as I can remember. Lucy also called out to me “see mum, I’m playing differently”. Which was the icing on the cake - her proudly stating it. Thank you again for all of your efforts - Lucy enjoyed the program a lot and I’m sure that this will equip her with a few extra building blocks for her growth. I also appreciated how much you incorporated my feedback about her challenges into the program - personalising it and helping that experiential learning is greatly appreciated.

 

 

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