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The role of childhood comfort objects

While they are formally known as transitional objects, a child's favourite blankie, toy or comfort object is a side effect of their broader developmental need - a companion to talk to, to go to sleep with, or eat with when separating from their parents.

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Preschool bullying: How parents can help

In a Royal Children’s Hospital poll, one in five Australian parents report one or more of their children was bullied. Paediatrician Dr Anthea Rhodes, says bullying is serious and common, harming the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children.

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Swearing: My sweet child said what?

In that mortifying moment when your child drops a swear word in public and you're waiting for the ground to swallow you up, child development expert Dr Michael Nagel says parents need to stay calm and remember this presents a learning opportunity.

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Don't leave me! 6 tips for saying goodbye

Separation anxiety usually starts around six months when a child starts to develop a stronger bond with the primary care giver, then peaks around 10 to 18 months and fades after their second birthday. Discover six tips for easing the separation process.

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Supporting children’s big emotions

One minute everything is normal, and suddenly something that seems insignificant becomes a full blown, legs flailing temper tantrum. The speed that children’s behaviour can be overtaken by big emotions can come as quite a surprise for parents.

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Why toddlers bite and what to do

Biting can be a normal part of exploring their environment and a response to under-developed toddler communication skills. This doesn’t make it okay, however understanding why children bite and arming yourself with strategies can relieve a lot of stress.

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How to discipline your children

Parenting is a minefield. There are many philosophies around punishment and reward and the absence thereof, but rather than waiting for crisis moments and human fallibility to decide our approach, it’s worth taking the time to consider our options.

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Managing behaviour through boundaries

Kids. They hound you. Question you. Beg. Plead. Tantrum in public places. They’ll do anything to get their own way. So, how's that boundary setting working for you? But boundaries and consistency are all foundations for a child's sense of security.

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