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.…
How schools and educators can help kids feel safe during bushfires
In this video Maggie Dent shares how schools and early learning centers can best support their students during tragic bushfires. This video gives practical tips and guidance to educators and…
Helping children make friends
(3:46 mins) Making and keeping friends can be a challenge even for adults. How can we help our kids?
Impact of screens on kids under 5
(4:35 mins) What are all these screens doing to my child’s brain?
Angry Children – part 2
(3:32 mins) Anger as an emotion can be pretty challenging.
Angry Children – part 1
Does your child regularly lose their temper?
Finding support as a single parent
(2:45 mins) Sole parenting has its challenges. Here’s where to find support.
(3:53 mins) Sometimes the world can be a harsh place for our sensitive children.
How you can have more fun with your kids… why we all need to lighten up
(5:23 mins) Ever heard the expression that parenting is all joy and no fun?
Connecting with kids – building love bridges
(6:10 mins) Quality time can be a rare commodity for today's busy parents.
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.
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,…
What can I do to help my family?
What can you do for your family during this time?
What children need to know about the internet
Our kids start out on their online journey with innocence. We can try to preserve this to an extent, but their naivety carries dangers that should not be underestimated.
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…
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.
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’.
Why are my parents saying I can’t go to a party?
Why your parents are saying you can't go to a party, you may have been looking forward to go to.
Why won’t my parents leave me alone?
You aren't allowed to go out, you are stuck at home, and your parents don't seem to leave you alone.
Why has my formal / prom been cancelled?
Having your events cancelled can be extremely frustrating, but here is why it has to happen.
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…
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!
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…
Understanding your child’s personality
By understanding which temperament traits your child has been born with, you can help them reach their full potential.
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
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!
Balancing work and parenthood
The struggle is real! Discover an expert's views on how we can balance work and parenthood.
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
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
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.
Preparing Your Child To Start School
Practical tips for making your child's transition to 'big school' as smooth as possible.
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.
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
Dr Justin Coulson
Dr Justin Coulson is one of Australia's leading parenting experts and is a highly sought-after international speaker and author.
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?
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.
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…
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.
Resident expert Justin Coulson answers a ParentTV members question. "I have identical twin boys and they are so competitive. They fight all the time. I always dreamed that my twins…
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?
Life after separation and divorce
There are 5 key things that make separation and divorce easier on children ... here they are.
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.
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.
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…
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.
Technology Time For Siblings of Different Ages
Digital and technology expert Dr Kristy Goodwin answers ParentTV members question: "As a parent of three young children (Seven, Four and One) I am beginning to see difficulties in ensuring…
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…
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.
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)
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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…
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,…
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…
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.
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…
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…
Four brains: The simple explanation of human brain development
Childhood is a journey in which each part of the brain slowly comes online. Nathan Wallis, neuroscience educator, talks us through the four-brain model, a simple way of understanding the…
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.
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…
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.
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…
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 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…
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.
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?
Why you need to encourage your child to question authority
This video looks at how by questioning authority, our children are learning things in their own way.
What it means for play to be self selected
What is play and why is it important for our children? Teacher Tom gives some insightful examples into the importance of play for 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…
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.
Alternatives to punishments and rewards
Teacher Tom explores how punishments and rewards work in a child's mind and the concept of 'natural consequences'.
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…
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’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.
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.
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…
Gardening with kids
Lukas Ritson discusses the benefits of gardening with kids and gives some advice on how to get started.
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.
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.
Supporting independence with risky play
Lukas Ritson explains how letting children take risks and explore their boundaries is essential for their development and later sense of capability and self-fulfilment.
Building an outdoor cubby
In this video, Lukas Ritson shows us how his kids are learning resourcefulness, self-reliance, independence and social skills through building an outdoor cubby with stuff from around the house.
Got water and a bit of dirt? Then, Lukas Ritson says, you’ve got an excellent opportunity for your kids to learn through play.
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,…
The orange experiment
In this video, Lukas Ritson and his daughter show us an experiment that illustrates why children need to be given real, multi-sensory play experiences.
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.
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!
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
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…
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?
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!
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…
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,…