新2代理网站愛思英語編者按:凱特王妃(Kate Middleton)上周在倫敦的Place2BE Headteacher Conference發表了主題為兒童心理健康的演講。

凱特出生于英國伯克郡的一個中產階級家庭,父母非常注重子女的教育問題,將她和其他兩個孩子送入英國最昂貴的私立學校。

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新2代理网站凱特從小學開始注意培養純正的口音和端莊的舉止,接受淑女教育。

新2代理网站她不僅成績優異,體育方面也是相當亮眼,擅長曲棍球、越野跑和網球。然后就逐漸成為了父母口中的“別人家的孩子”。

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對于這次演講的主題,她是這么說的:

I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children. I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours. I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to.
新2代理网站 我經常被問及為什么要這么強調兒童心理健康,我覺得我的答案跟你們的差不多。我很幸運,我的父母和老師為我營造了一個完美的、安全的童年,從小我就是在他們的寵愛、尊重、傾聽下成長的。

But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.
當然許多小孩子并沒有這么幸運。從我工作以來,拿上癮這個例子來說,我一次又一次看到許多成年人心理問題的根源在于童年時期未曾解決的問題。

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有的媒體曾比喻聽到凱特王妃的聲音就上撞上日全食,每年差不多才有一次。
Hearing Kate Middleton's voice is like a total eclipse of the sun, a rare gift that comes along only about once a year.

新2代理网站更何況這次的演講是她公開演講中最長的一次!下面配合視頻和文稿一起看看凱特王妃都講了些啥吧。

視頻文稿如下:

Thank you Catherine for that kind introduction. I was delighted when I was asked to help open today's conference.

I want to start by saying a big thank you to all of the head teachers here today. I know how much is asked of you.

新2代理网站The fact that you are all committing your valuable time to support Place2Be, and prioritise the mental health of your students is something that all parents should be grateful for.

新2代理网站I often get asked why I decided to spend time highlighting the mental health of children. I imagine my answer might be similar to many of yours.

I know that I was lucky. My parents and teachers provided me with a wonderful and secure childhood where I always knew I was loved, valued and listened to.

But of course many children are not so lucky. Since beginning my work in areas like addiction, for example, I have seen time and time again that the roots of poor mental health in adulthood are almost always present in unresolved childhood challenges.

I am sure you will agree that all children deserve time, attention and love from the adults in their lives. These basic qualities are so much more valuable than the always changing material and social concerns that can seem so important to young people.

新2代理网站As today's theme reminds us, many children – even those from stable, happy homes – are finding that their heads are just too full. It is our duty, as parents and as teachers, to give all children the space to build their emotional strength and provide a strong foundation for their future.

新2代理网站Of course, not all children have the anchor of a strong family. Many will arrive through your school gates feeling a real lack of love and devotion in their lives. This often leaves them feeling insecure and without confidence and trust in the world around them. That is why your work is so important.

新2代理网站Parents, teachers and other school staff need the tools to help these young people early in their lives. And the earlier, the better. It is proven that early action prevents problems later in life.

Imagine if everyone was able to help just one child who needs to be listened to, needs to be respected, and needs to be loved – we could make such a huge difference for an entire generation.

As head teachers you have the chance to reach tens of thousands of children during your careers, and make an impact on a great scale. Thank you for making the work of

新2代理网站Place2Be part of your mission. I hope you know how much your work is valued.

新2代理网站Thank you – I am really looking forward to the rest of the afternoon.