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Egyptian Radio Show interview with George Theodoridis [ 18 December 2017 ]

Jerry Guirguis interviews George Theodoridis on 96.5FM – Egyptian radio show [ Monday 18th December 2017, Melbourne Australia, English Edition, 8:30pm ].


And now, I would like to turn to George Theodoridis,

someone who in his previous incarnation, worked with children and their families in a fairly close and intimate way and

as he once told me, learnt more about the way the world works through them, rather than through adults or books.


George Theodoridis was a secondary teacher for many years and what the classroom taught him about humans and humaneness

was extremely valuable and guided his behaviour and outlook of his own fatherhood.


George is the father of two gorgeous daughters and of two also gorgeous grandchildren, a young lady of two and a young man of one.


George, over to you:


Q1] What have you learnt and what do you now know about kids?

            You taught the adolescents and you also, along with your wife, of course, brought up the babies!

            What happens between babyhood and adolescence, George?


What happens, Jerry -and this looms very large in their lives- is transition. They are forever changing, adapting to changes around them, evolving, learning new things, new ways to deal with changing things. Not only are they dealing with their own physicality, their ever-changing bodies but also their own mental development.

They will need to change the wiring in their brain a great many times as they walk from class to class, from year to year, from relationship to relationship, from their home environment to their school environment, their school yard environment, their environment at their work place -if they're working part time... They will in fact have to be constantly and perpetually moving in every aspect. Intellectually, morally, culturally.


These changes, these transitions can cause many difficulties and the greater the distance between one state and another, the greater the hardship they'll meet to accommodate that change...



let’s talk about distance referred by the great poet and the professor;


National poet Dorothea Mackellar

Historian, Prof Geoffrey Blainey


We live in a vast, vast country. A "sunburnt  country, a land of sweeping plains, of ragged mountain ranges and of droughts and flooding rains," as our national poet Dorothea Mackellar put it, way back when this country was still young.

Now, the young poet, loved all this, loved this country for its raggedness and difficult climate but our historian, Prof Geoffrey Blainey also reminded us of the difficulty of distance from what one might call, especially during his day, "the mother country," England. In his History book, he talked of the tyranny of distance, from becoming what are meant to become, social, communal beings.

This tyranny surely impacts upon children far more than adults.


Q1] Do you think this is so? Or is it equally as debilitating to both?



Q2]  Are children resilient ?

According to an article by Jessica Longbottom of last November where she quotes the figures from a report by the Youth Mental Health Service, "OXYGEN" and posted on the ABC the teenage suicide rate is the highest in 10 years.



This suggests to me that either our lives are becoming increasingly more complex, more demanding, more difficult for families to negotiate their way around them or that children, in fact, are not as resilient as we once thought they were.


Are children more fragile, in fact, than their parents, or are their parents so stressed out themselves that they can do no more for them and thus neglect them?


Q3] How do we stop child suicide in Australia ?

A country that prides itself for being rich in economic wealth as well as in cultural and moral wealth? Are we also wrong about that pride as well?



Q4] What about children of Refugees, how do we go about re-wiring their minds ?

People seeking refuge, a safe place away from a perilous life of war or discrimination, death and torture, have an even more difficult time, a far more difficult time of not only finding a safe place to settle down and start afresh

but also to re-wire their minds and hearts to suit the new environment.




Q4] What about the basic laws of Nature and Nurture ?

We've all heard through our early school and University days that people grow up, that is mature, according to two things that affect us, that of. We need both of these to be well tuned if we are to become good adults.

Education by the people around us and a healthy body granted to us by Nature. Good education and good genes.

Now this is a very complex and intricate psycho-biological issue and I don't want us to be too engrossed in it in this little program but children being moved around this vast, vast country need extra strength to survive when either or both of these elements are not up to scratch.


You can now listen to the interview on the following link;



Jerry Guirguis


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