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Things Teens Want Their Parents to Know

#teenspeak Dear parents, we want you to know that… * Times have changed: You keep telling us about what you did when you were our age, but everything is so different now. We just can’t relate to that. So, please don’t expect us to behave the way you did at our age. We have to […]

via Things Teens Want Their Parents to Know — InGroup Support Group (a social initiave by Sequel)

For mentoring enquires, contact sequelsingapore@gmail.com

Stories of Art & Inspiration

We had the opportunity to collaborate with artist, Ziyue Chen, and we loved her work. She is an inspiration and we believe that stories of inspiration should be shared. We wrote about her too. We hope that parents with children who are differently abled will be able to find courage, hope and reassurance in this story full of colours. Read the article here

Once in a while, you find inspirations when you least expect them. These little stories remind you that life is full of possibilities. All you need to do is notice. I have always been fascinated by people who express through words, colours and artistic forms. Their stories, if inspirational, have that additional beauty, which the […]

via Stories of Art & Inspiration — prionkaray

Now on @ Sequel: Updates & more

Hello from Sequel Communications, Singapore!

It’s a busy time for us. Not only are we doing some exciting stuff ourselves, but we are also collaborating with like minded people and establishments to expand. Here’s what’s on @ Sequel

Workshops

The next session of Speech & Drama (for juniors) will be starting on 17th/ 20th July.

 

Our adult session(s) for self image, confidence and self worth will be scheduled shortly. Please register your interest in the workshops here

Writing Services

Writing is our first love, and thanks to the interviews, article writing and website copywriting that we do, we are always surrounded by the written word. In addition, the interviews give us an opportunity to meet illustrious people from various fields. Each experience is unique and enriching. Here’s a peek at some of our written work and few of the people we have had the opportunity to interview recently.

Mentoring 

Our mentoring sessions are on. We offer confidential mentoring sessions for kids, teens, adults & families. Book your appointment here

Communication Consultancy

It’s quite colourful @ Sequel right now as we are working with emerging artists and a newly launched fashion house. We have also worked with media companies, social enterprises, educational institutions, tech companies etc. Enquiries

Collaborations

We live in a world of diverse ideas and varied talents. And so drawing on each other’s strength is beneficial for all. That’s why we believe in collaborations, especially for messages that need to reach far and wide. We endorse and support messages, ideas and causes. If you would like to know more on how your organisation can get involved, contact us.

Sequel for Corporate Social Responsibility: sequelsingapore@gmail.com

Here are few of our collaborations, endorsements and causes we support.

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Empowering projects related to children/ youth
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Vulnerable families and children/ teens-at-risk.
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Support Groups for Youth

Our latest collaboration involves events that are endorsed by Families For Life SG. These events bring communities, VWOs and families together. Find out more Dad&UsPoster2

Talking to your Teens: Tips

I have spent a decade talking to teens. As an educator, mentor, speaker and a parent, I have spoken to teens from different backgrounds, different ethnicities and even different nationalities. However, I have found more commonalities than differences . For example, they all wanted their thoughts, emotions and ideas to be taken seriously, and they all wanted to be heard. Like, really heard!

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All I can say is that I have learnt from each of these communications. I have learnt about a fascinating young world. And though very often, I have been tempted to say that I was a teen once, and I know how they feel, the fact is that I don’t. Not always.  That’s because my world was different. And I admit that their world is a lot more complicated than mine. Very often, we adults forget that. Agreed that basic human emotions and experiences remain the same, but the contexts do change. Therefore, comparisons between their worlds and ours are unfair, and unnecessary. So, when I talk to these young persons, I find myself listening with fascination. They offer me insights of their their rapidly changing world (and vocabulary), and through them, I catch a glimpse of what the future holds for us all.

If you are a parent, educator, or just another person talking to a teen, I would say, pause. Conversations with these young persons would require time and patience, and a very non-judgemental mind. If you approach these conversations from a place of ‘I know more than them’, then you would have lost a beautiful opportunity to learn.

Here are some of my personal tips on how to communicate with teens:

1) Treat a young person as an equal.  In many ways, they really are.

2) Listen more. Keep suggestions and advices to yourself, unless asked.

3) Minimize mentions of past failures, and never compare one to another.

4) Pre-Teens and teens are developing their own identity, nurture this journey. Don’t impose yours, or someone else’s identity on them.

5) Let them explore who they are and what matters to them.  It’s better that they waver now than later. So, allow wavering thoughts, ideas and allow experimentations.

6) Feel free to share your thoughts and insecurities as well. Empathy works both ways.

7) Sometimes, people express their ideas better by writing them down. Explore that channel of communication as well.

8) Don’t be afraid to ask direct questions. “What do you feel about it?” or “Does it bother you?” can be asked.

9) Stay interested. Look interested. (Checking your phone messages comes under ‘not being interested’).

10) Like in any conversation, regardless of age, avoid saying things that are spiteful, and demeaning.

11) Lastly, respecting their ideas does not mean letting go of yours. Keeping an open mind does not mean being a pushover. Conversations are more interesting between equals. So, don’t start a conversation with the aim to please. Remember rule #1. They are equals. When needed, agree to disagree, they will respect you more. However, do it in a calm manner. As an adult, one assumes, you would have more control of your emotions than they have.

 

Happy talking!

Taming the Chaos

Starting is always chaotic. There are the rambunctious ideas, the stray thoughts, the millions of directions these thoughts could travel to, and the infinite ways of moving forward. They all buzz together, excited at the possibilities. That’s the beginning of any project, any creation, and any story.

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Then comes the process of taming these ideas, reigning in the stray thoughts and disciplining the words. However, taming comes at a cost. The cost is sometimes in the form of creative sacrifice. And if that happens then the story might as well end right there, because without the fluidity of ideas, there can be no satisfaction in creating.

Therein begins the fine art of balancing the two. The wild ideas rebel and the disciplined logic analyses them. The chaos continues, giving rise to possibilities and then falls in to place, somehow. It’ then that the mad rush slows in to a benevolent trickle. The symphony begins at that time and the chaos is tamed.

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In each form of creativity, the process remains the same. Whether I am designing a workshop, writing a story, analysing a message or joining the dots of fragmented voices in my mentoring sessions, I have always gone through the same process of generating ideas, struggling with the chaos, and eventually taming them to their simplest form. The simplest form is simply a narrative that falls in to place, and when it does, it’s a traquility. It’s magic.

Prionka