Take a risk! Make a change!

happy new yearWelcome to 2016!

Have you made a new year’s resolution? We know that the best-laid plans often fail if we are overly ambitious. It’s common to try to change many things at once, causing frustration, failure and disappointment.

Teaching our children to make effective change in their own lives is an important, lifelong skill. As adults, we can help children take charge of their lives and control their own paths.

How? A great strategy is The Rule of 1.   (Read on to find out more.)


This year, invite your child to identify only 1 broad goal. Then encourage him/her to choose only 1 specific, daily habit to change. For example, to be healthy, swap cookies for fruit at morning snack. For fitness, ride a bike before playing on the iPad. For concentration, read for 30 minutes without social media interruption.

A new year also brings exciting opportunities. In IB schools, “risk-taking” is embedded in daily lessons, to promote courage, confidence and resilience in the face of new challenges.

Risk-taking was best explained by our own students, in a recent interview for IB World Magazine. Jadon (Gr 5) said, “I’m always trying new foods, new sports and new activities. I try not to say, ‘I don’t like it’ just because it feels different. I think, ‘Have I tried it yet?’ and that helps me remember to have a go.” Lynfid (Gr 8) said, “I’ve never played volleyball before, so this year I’m going to join the team. If there’s a new challenge, I never back down. When things are hard, I keep trying and by doing that, I feel even more motivated.”

BISS students are courageous, capable young people. To kick off 2016, invite your child to take a risk, try something new, or make a positive change in their own life.

 Happy New Year, BISS!


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