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 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 friendships issues. This article will explore the factors which need to be present to allow resilience to develop and strategies for parents and carers.Resilience is a person’s 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
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 bookFrom 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
Helping children build inner strength to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of growing up is one of the best things parents can do.In a time when we are faced with increasing uncertainty about the future, parents feel a greater sense of responsibility to protect their children from harm and provide extra support.Many things are beyond our control, but parents have the opportunity to Read more
Supporting children's development and wellbeingSome children struggle with emotional and social development, which can impact on learning and friendships. Our experienced psychologists work with children and families using evidence-based therapies to address concerns such as:Anxiety, depression and low self-esteem Building resilience Poor Read more
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