Commonly known as the “queen of common sense”, Maggie Dent has become one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience.…
Raising hopeful kids in a world of negative news
Our children are often impacted negatively by unfortunate world events thanks to modern technology. So what is the best approach to a child who is fearing the worst from our…
Hitting, biting and other parenting challenges
(4:47 mins) Hitting, biting, running away? Here are some insights for those truly tough parenting moments.
Parenting Lambs – our more sensitive kids
(3:56 mins) Have you got a sensitive, shy ‘lamb’ in your family? Here’s some tips for supporting them.
Don’t want to go to school – School Refusal
If you're feeling like you really don't want to go to school Maggie helps you understand why you might be feeling this way.
When siblings really dislike each other
(3:43 mins) What do you when siblings take their rivalry beyond 'normal'?
Helping Children cope with Death
(4:20 mins) When someone your children loves dies, here are some of the things which are good to know.
Helping children make friends
(3:46 mins) Making and keeping friends can be a challenge even for adults. How can we help our kids?
Calming anxious kids
(5:30 mins) Anxiety is not an enemy state… but we need to get a handle on it.
When Children Fear Death
(4:31 mins) Death is a tricky subject to navigate with our kids. But it’s important to talk about it.
Tips for Step-Parents Part 1
(4:33 mins) Navigating a broken family?
Jason Gibson is a leading US parenting educator, author and the director of the BabbCenter for Counselling providing guidance to leading counselling centres in Tennessee. Jason has worked with schools,…
Will my grandparents be ok I’m worried about them?
Your children might hear on the news, on the radio or even overhear one of your conversations about the virus being bad for grandparents, and they might start to worry…
What to do if your child won’t talk to you about their technology use
If your child doesn’t want to have a mature conversation about their technology use, they may not be mature enough for the tech itself...Here’s how to broach it with them!
Why do I feel sad and tired all the time?
Why you might be feeling tired and sad during this time of uncertainty and isolation.
Coronavirus for Parents
As schools and childcare centres around the world close their doors in response to the coronavirus, it can be easy to think of it like a summer holiday, or some…
3 people your kids need to watch out for online
In this video, ParentTV expert and Behavioural Specialist, Dr Jason Gibson, gives us a lowdown on protecting our kids from three harmful characters they may encounter in their explorations online.
What can I do to help my family?
What can you do for your family during this time?
Using time trials to help your child learn
Some kids take in information more effectively (and find homework more interesting) if there’s a race or competition involved! In this video, Jason Gibson explains how time trials can help…
What to do instead of technology
Sometimes, getting kids off their devices is a monumental battle. Here’s Jason Gibson's strategy for making it a little easier to provide good alternatives.
Helping your child learn without prompt dependency
Do you find yourself giving your child a lot of prompts when you’re trying to teach them something? Prompt dependency is when they become dependent on these clues to think…
The four ‘Heys’ of technology
Parent TV expert and Behavioural Specialist, Jason Gibson, has some strategic advice on understanding and being involved in your child’s tech use and behaviour and building your family ‘technology team’.
Dr Kaylene Henderson
As a doctor, child psychiatrist, parenting educator and mother to three young children, Dr. Henderson is often asked to share her expertise at conferences, on radio and in parenting publications around the…
Preparing your toddler for the birth of a new baby sibling
Expert, practical tips for encouraging a close bond between your toddler and their new baby sibling
Preparing Your Child To Start School
Practical tips for making your child's transition to 'big school' as smooth as possible.
Teaching young children to ‘use their words’ when they’re upset
We'd all love our kids to 'use their words' when they're upset - learn expert tips for encouraging this in your child
Different types of anxiety that present in children and when to get help
Learn about the different ways that anxiety presents in kids and when to seek professional help
Handling goodbyes / separation anxiety at childcare or school
Expert tips for handling those tricky drop-offs as you help your child settle into childcare or school
Understanding how your own childhood influences you as a parent
A fascinating look into how our childhood influences our parenting styles and why parents are quick to judge one another!
Common childhood mental health problems and developmental conditions explained
Many mental health conditions start in childhood. Learn about the common signs to look out for.
Balancing work and parenthood
The struggle is real! Discover an expert's views on how we can balance work and parenthood.
OCD in children (what are the signs and at what point should you get help)
OCD is misunderstood but important for parents to know about. Learn what the signs are and when to seek help.
Understanding your child’s personality
By understanding which temperament traits your child has been born with, you can help them reach their full potential.
Dr Justin Coulson
Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia's leading parenting experts and is a highly sought-after international speaker and author.
What you need to know about parenting daughters
Girls need to be raised differently to boys – in some things. Here are some ideas for raising daughters.
Understanding your Parenting Style
There are dozens of ways to “parent”. But some styles tend to get better results than others. Find out which style of parent you are in this video.
Life after separation and divorce
There are 5 key things that make separation and divorce easier on children ... here they are.
The importance of family traditions
Family traditions bring families together and create powerful memories. What counts as a tradition, and how can we build better traditions for our kids?
Keeping your child safe from child abuse
We want to keep our children safe from abuse, but what do we teach them? And at what age?
One great strategy for dealing with sibling rivalry
Teaching siblings to get along is one of the biggest challenges of parenting. This video explains easy steps to encourage sibling kindness.
Are sleepovers ok?
Sleepovers can be fun – but are they safe? Here are the top tips for keeping kids safe at sleepovers
Ways to really listen so your child shares more
Ever asked the kids how their day was and had no response? Here are ways to find out what’s really going on in your child’s life.
How to teach your child self control
Self control is an attribute that predicts success in school, work, relationships – life. Here’s how to teach self-control to kids. Find out more about ParentTV content for your Schoolzine…
Parenting on the same page as your partner
Getting aligned with your partner can be tough. But it can make family life easier. Here’s some ideas to parent on the same page.
Dr Kristy Goodwin
As a children’s technology and development expert, speaker and author (& mum who also needs to wrangle her smartphone from her children’s clutches from time to time!) Dr Kristy Goodwin…
Dealing with Tween Techno Tantrums and Meltdowns
Digital and technology expert Dr Kristy Goodwin answers ParentTV members question: "What does it mean and how do I manage a complete meltdown from my 10 year old son when…
Why can’t I put my phone down?
Understand why your child throws a tantrum when you ask them to turn off the phone, gaming console or TV. (10:39)
How much screen-time is healthy for my pre-schooler 2-5 years old?
Learn how much time is healthy for pre-schoolers to be spending on screens.
Why does my child throw techno-tantrums?
(8:52 mins) Understand why your child throws a tantrum when you ask them to turn off the phone, gaming console or TV.
What are some guilt-free (even educational) ideas for screen-time for pre-schoolers?
Learn some educational ways you can use screens with your pre-schooler.
Learn if it’s okay to use screen-time as a digital reward or punishment tool
(6:25 mins) Learn if it’s okay to use screen-time as a digital reward or punishment tool.
Is it okay to hand over my phone if my child tells me they’re bored?
(5:30 mins) Dr Kristy dispels the myths and gives simple advice about whether it’s okay to give kids screens when they’re bored.
What times of the day should I limit or avoid screens?
(9:37 mins) This video will highlight two critical times of the day when parents/carers need to be careful about using screens.
How can I keep my child safe online?
Learn the current cyber-safety risks facing young kids and simple strategies to keep them safe online.
How much screen-time is appropriate for my child 5-8 years old?
Understand how to calculate healthy screen-time limits for your child, so you can stop feeling guilty.
Nathan Wallis is a popular neuroscience educator and parenting commentator who has a special gift for translating complex neuroscience into easy-to-understand info for parents, teachers, and anyone else who works…
What’s happening in your teen’s brain and why it can make them unreasonable
Teenagers undergo a massive period of brain development in which their frontal cortex basically ‘shuts for renovations,’ as neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis, says. In this video, Nathan talks us through…
Neuroscience and motor development: What to do and what to avoid
In this video, Nathan Wallis, neuroscience educator, talks us through what we need to do (and not do!) to support the motor development of babies.
Are the brains of boys and girls different?
In this video, neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis unpacks why we need to understand gender as non-binary, and what brain differences there actually are between males and females.
What does a neuroscience expert want his grandchildren to do to boost their brains?
Nathan Wallis is a renowned neuroscience educator, but as a dad, he’d only just began to learn about the brain. In this video, Nathan, who’s now a grandfather, shares what…
Why your child (and teen) is ruled by emotion over logic
When your child is between two and eight, and again in adolescence, they’re ruled by their frontal cortex, or feeling brain. Neuroscience educator, Nathan Wallis, explains what this means for…
Does birth order really matter? Here’s what neuroscience can tell us
Statistically, we know that firstborn children usually go on to become the highest-qualified and biggest earners of the siblings. But why? Nathan Wallis, neuroscience educator, talks us through the neuroscience…
Why the first 1000 days of a child’s life are so important
We now understand that outcomes for children are not just determined by their genes, but also by the environment they interact with in the first thousand days of their life.…
Why your child needs a positive disposition to themselves as a learner
The research tells us that children under the age of seven shouldn’t be focused on literacy and numeracy. Instead, neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis explains, they should be in free play,…
Encouraging kids to think in shades of grey, not just black and white
In this video, Nathan Wallis, neuroscience educator, talks about helping kids who see things in black and white (or right and wrong) to think more creatively, and see shades of…
Kids, Anxiety and Coronavirus
There are three important things you can do to help your kids through the current situation in a way that will ultimately help them build resilience.
Teacher Tom is a preschool teacher, blogger, speaker, artist and author. For the past 15 years, he has taught preschool at the Woodland Park Cooperative School in Seattle. The children…
The danger of speaking to children with commands
This video helps analyse how it is you speak to your child and how changing your approach can help improve your child's behaviour. Watch Teacher Tom's related video, "The Power…
What does open ended play mean?
Teacher Tom discussed the importance of open ended play and how encouraging this in today's technology focused world is an important milestone that many of our children are missing out…
What is so good about a junkyard playground
Teacher Tom talks about the importance of giving our children different items that enables them to create their own 'play equipment'.
What to say instead of be careful
We are all guilty of telling our children to be careful, but when we say this to a child, how do they interpret what we are saying?
When you get into a fight with one of your friends
We all get into fights with our friends from time to time. Tom shares so good ideas of what you can do when you are in a fight with your…
Why it’s a good idea to share with your friends
Sometimes sharing can be a really difficult thing to do. In this video Teacher Tom talks about why it's a really good idea to share with the people around you.
Making mistakes is ok!
Teacher Tom helps kids understand that everybody makes mistakes and nobody's perfect.
Fights with friends: When getting mad is not so bad
Teacher Tom gives kids some good advice about arguing with friends and how it can be a path to somewhere better in your friendship.
The Power of Informational Statements
In a previous video, Teacher Tom talks about the dangers of speaking to children in commands, so if this is the case, how do we speak to children? This video…
Alternatives to punishments and rewards
Teacher Tom explores how punishments and rewards work in a child's mind and the concept of 'natural consequences'.
Sandi is a behavioural specialist and founder of the Phoenix Cups approach to guiding behaviour. She is highly regarded nationwide as a speaker, coach, mentor and Professional Development Facilitator for…
All you need is Love – The Connection and Love Cup
Children don’t “attention seek”, they “connection seek” to fill their Love and Belonging Cup. You can download the 'Connection Plan' Sandi mentioned here. Find out more by watching the 'Guiding…
You can’t pour from an empty cup
Regardless of your parenting style, you’ll be a better parent with full cups so let’s make a cup filling plan. Find out more by watching the 'Guiding Behaviour with the…
I will survive – The Safety Cup
Your children are driven to thrive so what can you do to ensure they’re survival cup filling as much as they can. Find out more by watching the 'Guiding Behaviour…
What’s your biggest cup?
Learn about your families basic human needs and explore each person’s unique “needs profile”. Find out more by watching the 'Guiding Behaviour with the Phoenix Cups' course here.
I’ve got the Power – The Mastery Cup
Children who need power and recognition have creative ways of getting it. Find out more by watching the 'Guiding Behaviour with the Phoenix Cups' course here.
Freedom Fighter – The Freedom Cup
Spirited children will fight fiercely for freedom. Parenting with Freedom Cup filling in mind can be Freedom Cup filling for the whole family. Find out more by watching the 'Guiding…
Just for the fun of it – The Fun Cup
When the Fun Cup is empty, it’s not fun for anyone so how can we put fun back into our everyday routine? Find out more by watching the 'Guiding Behaviour…
Keeping children curious, creative and confident through offering the adventurous childhood they deserve - this is the principle that elevates Lukas Ritson's play environments. Lukas believes that play should be…
Playing with a hammer and nails
Let the kids loose with a hammer and nails? Absolutely, says Lukas Ritson, an expert in loose parts play and ‘risky’ play for kids, and a master of making fun…
The magic of wire for play
Having a material like soft twist tie wire available can open up a whole new world of play for your kids!
Building a kids’ sawhorse and sawing safely
In this video, Lukas Ritson demonstrates how to build a sawhorse or kids and teach them to manage the risks of using a handsaw.
Following your child’s lead: Part Two
In this video, Lukas Ritson continues to show how parents can follow a child’s lead on an activity and let go of the outcome so they can have a full…
Making cardboard ‘wood’ for hammering
Lukas Ritson shows us how to build opportunities for learning and connection into loose parts play with this easy activity of making ’wood’ from cardboard for kids to hammer into.
Saws and wood: The tools of play
In this video, Lukas Ritson, loose parts and risky play expert, shows us how to help kids saw using a sawhorse, brace and handsaw, with some other tricks for reducing…
Got water and a bit of dirt? Then, Lukas Ritson says, you’ve got an excellent opportunity for your kids to learn through play.
How to set up an awesome backyard nature play area
Did you know children need secluded play for their development? A nature play area is a good way of answering these needs and helping them build independence, resilience and resourcefulness.
Gardening with kids
Lukas Ritson discusses the benefits of gardening with kids and gives some advice on how to get started.
Camping in your own backyard
Around your home, you have everything you need to give your kids play and learning experiences that delight them and teach them to manage their own risks. In this activity,…
Rachel is an educator, speaker and social entrepreneur who specialises in bullying and self-harm prevention. Rachel has worked in public and private school settings since 1996, across four states in…
What to do if bullying doesn’t stop
So what is a parent to do if the bullying doesn't stop? You've informed the school and are working with your child, but what if this is not enough? Rachel…
What bullying is and what bullying isn’t
What is a parent to do when their child comes home and says they have been bullied? The very first thing a parent needs to do is asses the situation…
How to teach your child to support others who are being bullied
So what do you do as a parent when your child comes to you with the problem of someone else being bullied, or perhaps they have witnessed some disturbing or upsetting…
What parents need to understand about online gaming
Rachel discusses what to look out for when it comes to online gaming and children's behaviour. She gives an important insight into two of the most popular games causing issues,…
What if my child has bullying behaviours
This is possibly one of the hardest things to face as a parent, but how you react and deal with the situation can make all the difference!
We asked 20 000 students, “What is something that you do on the internet at home that you’re not allowed to?”
Rachel has asked 20 000 students, "What is something that you do on the internet at home that you're not allowed to?" The results are confronting and enlightening and it…
Why children don’t tell anyone they are being bullied
Often by the time parents hear about the bullying that has been taken place, it has been going on for quite some time. This can lead to us as parents…
How to teach your child to deal with bullying using comebacks not insults
How can you teach your child the right response to a bully? Rachel talks through practical tips that you can give to your children and even role play with them,…
What to do if your child is in fact being bullied in person or online
If your child is, in fact, being bullied, whether online or in person, what is the next step and how do you go about it in the right way?
How do I know if my child is being cyberbullied and what should I do if they are?
These days, bullying no longer stops at the school gate when a child is picked up - it follows them home. Rachel discusses what the signs are that your child…