Parenting

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

Kevin Larkin, Griffith University As a parent – or even teacher – you are likely to have been asked the question: “What’s the point of maths?” This is often followed by: “When will I ever use this stuff?” or “How will 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

Judith Locke, Queensland University of Technology Parents are often guilty of helping their child a bit too much with their homework. Sometimes the homework battle can be made that little bit easier if you just tell your Read more

Families have changed a great deal in recent years and there are now many different forms of family, as well as different styles of parenting. One thing is certain – whatever ‘family’ means to you it is the most important part of children’s lives. The family in which your child grows up will have a big influence on how well your child will cope with situations, relationships and Read more

Being a Dad

Parenting

There are lots of different kinds of dads. Whether you are in a two-parent nuclear family, in a stepfamily, have the fulltime care as a single parent, or have your children with you for some of the time, being a dad is your most important job. In the past, fathers were often the ones who were responsible for discipline and setting rules and mothers did most of the caring, but more recently 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

Some children have trouble coping with changes in routine.  Children with autism spectrum disorder in particular find changes extremely difficult and you may need special help beyond these tips. If you have a child who seems to have trouble coping with change, try to give your child plenty of preparation time when you know something out of routine is to occur.  For example, “After lunch we Read more