Parenting


Kids’ Sleepovers – A Helpful Guide for Parents

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By: Clare Bruce When school starts up for a new year, it’s not long before kids approach their mums or dads asking if they can have play dates and sleepovers with their newfound friends. (more…)

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How to Turn Your Anger Around Without Yelling

By: Dr Justin Coulson Every parent has those days. The ones where your child has refused to get ready for school, thrown food at his brother and stomped on the dog’s tail. (more…)

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Curfews: Using Limits with Teens

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By: Rachel Doherty Curfews can be a useful way for parents to influence the behaviour of their teens. Especially when they’re making poor choices or hitting the party scene. (more…)

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How to Stop Feeling Like a Guilty Parent in the School Holidays

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By: Rachel Doherty The parent guilt of letting teenagers and children spend the school holidays glued to a screen is real. But what’s wrong with letting our kids be a little lazy? (more…)

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Are Smart Toys Safe?

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By: Dr Justin Coulson There is a toy revolution building. Kids toys are becoming smarter. It’s part of the “internet of things”, which basically means that every “thing” you can buy can be connected to the Internet. (more…)

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Six Top Tips For Reading To Kids

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By: Anne Rinaudo New research from Australian Catholic University finds that HOW you read to kids is very important. Learning Sciences and Teacher Education researcher Dr Ameneh Shahaeian has six tips for parents. Ameneh read a story to Stephen O’Doherty to demonstrate the how best to read a story. (more…)

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How To Keep Kids Motivated To Play Sport

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By: Dr Justin Coulson In some circles, junior sport has become a hotbed of competition and comparison. The push to “do your best” starts early. Kids want to win and they put pressure on themselves to beat their competitors. But often there is downward pressure from parents and even coaches (who, let’s face it, are often just enthusiastic parents themselves). (more…)

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Little Things That Make a Big Difference to the Mental Health of Young People

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By: Rachel Doherty Youth mental health is a big issue, but for parents, youth workers, families and friends, the little things you say and do can make the biggest difference. (more…)

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My Son Won’t Talk About His Day

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By: Dr Justin Coulson "Hi Dr Justin My son won’t talk when he comes home from school. I ask him how his day was and he just says, “Fine.” I ask him what he did and he says “Nothing”. I ask him who he spent time with and he shrugs or mentions a friend or two. That’s it. Why won’t he talk? Is he being bullied? How can I get him to open up? He’s 9 years old." (more…)

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Want to Raise World Changers? Do These Five Things

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By: Brittany Ann School shootings. Political unrest. Racism. Greed. Selfishness. (more…)

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