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Dr Rebecca English

Dr Rebecca English

Lecturer, Faculty of Education (QUT)

Dr Rebecca English is a researcher, teacher and mother whose work is concerned with parenting and education.

She has an interest in the ways parents make choices for their children that align with their beliefs about family, parenting and other factors. She is interested in how parenting practices and beliefs are enacted in families and how these practices and beliefs lead to parents making certain choices for their children.

Her work is concerned with how cultural and social values are transferred through family choices for their children. For example, how school experiences link with family choices, and the engagement between schools and families, and how these engagements affect and influence education choices and satisfaction.

Rebecca qualified as a teacher in 1998 and has been teaching for 20 years. She has worked with a number of different schools teaching in the senior-secondary and middle years. She currently teaches research methods, film and English Curriculum units at QUT.

In 2016, she co-edited her first book, Gender Considerations in Online Consumption and Internet Use. She continues to publish widely in academic and popular press. She has been interviewed for television programs such as The Project, ABC Mornings and SBS/Vice's short productions as well as dailies including the Sydney Morning Herald, Courier Mail and various other publications.

Questions answered by Rebecca

Dealing with big behaviours

We have a very strong willed wild loving funny clever beautiful red headed 2.5year old daughter who has taken a great interest in swiping her full plate of dinner off her tray at dinner time if she doesn’t get her own way (tv turned off, not her certain fork, her sock is on the wrong foot etc). My husband and I don’t know how to deal with this correctly. We have tried lots of things - help cleaning, ignoring it etc but nothing works. We are lost. Any advice would be lovely.

How to handle a strong-willed child

My husband and I are having difficulties in how to handle our 27mth old daughter. When she needs to get dressed or have a nappy change, she refuses and runs away or she will be very silly and make it hard for us to change or dress her. Putting her into her car seat is also another issue, she will kick up a fight. She is a very strong willed child and if she doesn't get her own way she will have very long tantrums. Also she is very mischievous and likes to get into everything! Please help!

Day time naps and sleep patterns

Hello. My 5 almost 6 month old was only waking up once a night. But now she is waking up at 10.30 and will not go back to sleep. She then wakes more times throughout the night. She is sleeping well in the day, sleeping for two long naps, morning and afternoon and then one at about 4.30 and then bed at 7. But it’s just not working and I don’t know what to do anymore.