Emotional Health

While some sense of normality has returned to our lives, families are still facing uncertainty day to day. This is especially true for our children. The year has thrown a lot of new challenges at them. They’ve had to manage concerns or anxieties about the COVID-19 situation, adapt to a whole new way of learning, cope with social distancing from friends and extended family, and are now needing Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children’s Book Author © 2018 Learning Links In its simplest terms, learned helplessness can be defined as when a child learns over an extended period of time that they are helpless, powerless and unable. Children develop learned helplessness after Read more

By Renee Irving-Lee, Children's Book Author  © Learning Links   Many parents are no strangers to the dreaded after school meltdown.  The temper tantrums, fighting, uncontrollable crying, emotional exhaustion, refusal to follow directions, and physical outbursts that follow a hectic school day can be exhausting for everyone involved.  This Read more

By Katherine McFarlane, Registered Psychologist What is resilience? Resilience is a subject that parents often ask about particularly when their child struggles with school, self-esteem or maintaining friendships. This article will explore the factors which need to be present to build resilience in children and practical strategies for parents and Read more

Anxiety and Depression Anxiety and depression are common concerns in childhood and adolescence. Most children learn to cope with a range of normal fears and worries, such as the dark, loud noises, storms, and monsters. Anxiety becomes a concern when it stops children from participating in activities at school or socially; when the fears and worries seem out of proportion; or if Read more

Dr Danielle Tracey, Educational and Developmental Psychologist, Western Sydney University Our children and young people live in a busy, complex and rapidly-changing world. Sadly, it is estimated that up to one in five children experience mental health problems such as anxiety and depression. Today in Australia, across preschools, Read more

How to teach your child to buckle up and enjoy the thrill of life’s rollercoaster ride! The greatest challenge for parents in our world today is to raise children who are ‘non-stick’ or as Andrew Fuller describes in his book From Surviving to Thriving, ‘teflon coated’. Non-stick children are those who can cope with the ‘rough and tumble’ of home, school and Read more

Early childhood experiences and family input are important in building emotional resilience in children. As children become older, their need for consistency and continuing family attachment continues to be critical for their emotional development and behaviour. It is widely accepted that childhood and early adolescent experiences play a vital role in later adult behaviour including how we Read more