Post COVID-19: Finding the new normal
COVID-19 has disrupted family life and caused significant changes to the way we work, relationships, routines, school, early learning and care arrangements. As life settles into a new normal there is further adjustment for families. So how do we adapt?
Managing children and work from home
Busy parents are doing the best they can but many will agree that working from home with children can be tough. Dr Jade Sheen from Deakin University's School of Psychology says there are ways for parents to succeed.
Mindfulness: Preventing mental illness
The importance of mental health is not a new concept. The way we look at mental health however, particularly for our children, is changing from reactive help in a crisis, to focus on proactive and preventative strategies to build mental health skills.
Risky play: Why it benefits children
Often our instincts will scream at us to get involved and stop our children from engaging in risky behaviours. But with the benefits of risky play to our child’s development being well documented, it is useful to understand appropriate risk.
Parenting trends: What is a 'Yes Day'?
Handing control over to your children for an entire day might seem a strange choice. Made popular by Yes Day, a 2021 Netflix movie, a Yes Day (or even a Yes Hour for younger children) is a good way to help children test their limits and capabilities.
How to teach your child patience
None of us are born with patience, instead children learn how to self-regulate by the structures and support parents provide. Professor of Clinical Psychology David Hawes discusses what to expect from children and why, and how to teach patience.
Gardens teach children lifelong skills
Whether the garden is part of the backyard, a few pots on a balcony or part of a community garden, the benefits of gardening in the preschool years are more than just about playing with dirt. They include opportunities for maths, science, art and play.
Focusing on the strengths of your child
Everyone learns in their own way. We used to talk about "learning styles" and that children fell into categories. Now educators and child development researchers focus on the whole child and use multiple modalities and a strengths-based approach.
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