General Parenting

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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.

Why movement and play are crucial in childhood

(3:34 mins) Move it! Here’s why you should take those words very seriously in your home.

When anger turns physical

(5:50 mins) What do we do when our kids start lashing out in anger.

Connecting with kids – building love bridges

(6:10 mins) Quality time can be a rare commodity for today’s busy parents.

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.

Is it okay to use screens on play dates?

Discover the risks of using digital devices on play dates and simple ideas to tackle this sometimes tricky situation.

Play ideas with a 3-year-old

(2:22 mins) Play ideas with a 3-year-old

Building confidence in kids

(4:15 mins) We all want our children to be confident and capable, right?

Are sleepovers ok?

Sleepovers can be fun – but are they safe? Here are the top tips for keeping kids safe at sleepovers

Why you should do nothing when your child says I’m bored

(3:28 mins) All parents are familiar with the phrase “I’m bored”.  In this video I share with you why it’s a great thing that your kids get bored and why…

Connecting with your kids

(3:57 mins) My four evidence-based tips for staying connected when your kids seem hell-bent on pushing your buttons!

Talking to children about suicide

(4:09 mins) How do you explain to a child that someone they love has died by suicide?

Children are not small adults

One of the mistakes parents often make is thinking of their growing children as though they were small adults. In this mindset, we can often, by downward extension, apply the…

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?

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?

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

How to talk to your children about death

(4:16 mins) Death is a reality that we all need to face including our children.

When Parents are absent

(4:30 mins) Does one of the parents in your house travel a lot for work or other reasons?

Play ideas with a 5-year-old

(1:32 mins) Play ideas with a 5-year-old

Understanding your child’s personality

By understanding which temperament traits your child has been born with, you can help them reach their full potential.

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!

How a growth mindset can be developed through play

(3:03 mins) How a growth mindset can be developed through play

Letting kids quit activities

(3:14 mins) Quitting sounds negative, but kids should have space to try things and walk away when they don’t like it.

Balancing work and parenthood

The struggle is real! Discover an expert’s views on how we can balance work and parenthood.

Dealing with your anger as a parent

(3:48 mins) There are going to be days you run out of patience and your anger gets the better of you.

Calming anxious kids

(5:30 mins) Anxiety is not an enemy state… but we need to get a handle on it.

Sensitive kids

(3:53 mins) Sometimes the world can be a harsh place for our sensitive children.

Dealing with Sibling Rivalry

(4:09 mins) Sibling rivalry! It’s so tough… yet it’s biologically normal and we can see it as a ‘teachable moment’.

How to cope with chaos at home

(4:36 mins) Wishing your home was less chaotic and more calm?

How to find your way when your kid is losing their mind

It can be hard when your child is losing their mind to not jump into with them and also lose your mind. The science of child development tells us that…

Behaviour

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Understanding children’s choices

(3:31 mins) Why on earth is my child doing THAT? Let’s look at it through their eyes.

Why sharing isn’t a big deal and what to do instead when your little one refuses

(4:13 mins) The title says it all! Let’s talk about why making kids share isn’t a big deal and how to practice genuine empathy at home.

Is your child being ‘naughty’ or just not coping

(3:30 mins) Are you missing something when you think your child is being ‘naughty’?

How to manage tantrums in public

(6:28 mins) Learn how to gently support your child’s tantrums in public without feeling ashamed or the “bad guy”!

Angry Children – part 1

Does your child regularly lose their temper?

How to find your way when your kid is losing their mind

It can be hard when your child is losing their mind to not jump into with them and also lose your mind. The science of child development tells us that…

When kids are mean – Relational Aggression

(3:13 mins) Has your child been subject to put downs, sarcasm and other forms of relational aggression?

What’s with the tween/teen attitude?

(7:40 mins) The tween attitude is all about defining themselves, but that doesn’t mean parents can’t put some limits in place to make life more livable.

Why boys behaviour is their language

(3:25 mins) Does your son tend to go straight to anger? Here’s why.

Dealing with Kids’ Tantrums

(4:15 mins) Has your child left toddlerhood but still having tantrums?

Help! My child is stealing things

(3:12 mins) How do we teach our children at different ages and stages that stealing is wrong?

How much is too much for after-school activities?

(4:07 mins) It’s all about balance. No matter how much they do, kids need time to rest, play and get their homework done.

Bullying among young kids

(4:45 mins) How do we respond when our young kids are bullied?

My kids make me crazy what’s up with that

In this video David looks at why parents feel so crazy when their kid’s behave in certain ways.  David also gives some great suggestions using a conscious attachment parenting framework…

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.

Why children stop listening

(4:29 mins) In this video we break down the three big reasons kiddos stop listening and what you can do about it today!

Why does my child constantly need to move and fidget?

(3:28 mins) Why does my child constantly need to move and fidget?

When kids come home ‘naughty’ from other people’s houses

Ever had your child go off to a playdate or sleepover and come home with a bad attitude?

When Children tell lies

(2:58 mins) Fibs, white lies and pathological lying… how do we deal with that?

Why most punishment doesn’t work

(4:11 mins) Are you struggling with consequences that simply don’t work? Do you find yourself relying on punishment that, in the end, feels useless and make you seem like the “bad guy”? Learn why most punishment does not work and be free of the parenting guilt we often mix with using ineffective punishment.

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.

Angry Children – part 2

(3:32 mins) Anger as an emotion can be pretty challenging.

Don’t take your kid’s behaviour personally!

David Loyst talks us through using consciousness to become aware and manage our internal states so we can feel what is going on inside our child.

Connecting with your kids

(3:57 mins) My four evidence-based tips for staying connected when your kids seem hell-bent on pushing your buttons!

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.

How to use evidence based punishment techniques

(6:29 mins) Let’s have a chat about what punishment actually means in the world of behaviour science. By looking at examples of real punishment that we use daily without noticing can draw a light onto how punishment doesn’t have to be the enemy.

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.

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.

Out of Control Toddlers

(3:13 mins) Help! My young child is hitting, biting and frankly out of control.

Why children are defiant

(3:27 mins) Let’s have an honest talk about why children may be consistently defying you at home. Struggling with talk back, slammed doors or aggression at home? This may be the video for you!

Education

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Nutrition

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Toddler nutrition and sleep – what foods best encourage sleep

Food fuels your toddler’s body and they can be fussy little monkeys which makes it even harder! Learn which foods you should be focusing on to promote sleep and which…

Treatment of Failure To Thrive (poor weight gain) Part 2

(3:40 mins) What causes poor weight gain in children? Learn about how failure to thrive is diagnosed and how to manage it in this 2 part video series.

Milk monsters – addressing the issue of young children who still have bottles or drink too much milk

Wondering what to do with your baby or toddler who loves milk but won’t eat?

“Forbidden” foods

Addressing the sticky subject of feeding kids sweets and lollies

Grazers – kids who snack all day but won’t eat meals

Was your food grazer child born that way or is grazing a learned behaviour?

Kids who won’t eat veggies or fruit

Answer the age-old question of why kids find veggies so challenging

Medical Causes of Failure To Thrive (poor weight gain) Part 1

(5:36 mins) What causes poor weight gain in children? Learn about how failure to thrive is diagnosed and how to manage it in this 2 part video series.

My kid ate everything and now they won’t eat anything!

Dealing with food refusal. What to do when the baby-feeding honeymoon is over.

Dessert – addressing the tricky questions of what, how much, when, and if you should use it as a reward or withhold as punishment

Addressing the tricky questions about dessert and whether kids should be eating it

I think my child is too big/overweight

Find out if your child is overweight and what you can do to help without harming

How we unwittingly teach kids to become emotional eaters

Find out how not to teach your kids to eat for emotional reasons

How do I know if my child is eating enough?

Many parents worry that their child isn’t eating enough. Find out if you should be worried or not.

Fussy or typical?

Find out if your child is actually a fussy eater or frustratingly normal.

Social Wellbeing / Friendship

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Parenting an only child

(2:57 mins) One may the loneliest number but it doesn’t mean your ‘only child’ is at a disadvantage.

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.

Mean girls and king pins: A parent’s guide to dealing with bullying

(4:13 mins) Bullying is all about power and there are lots of things parents can do to make sure kids don’t give their’s up too easily.

How to gradually build independence in tweens

(5:09 mins) Becoming an adult takes practice, that starts in the tween years. It’s the little things parents do that enable kids to build up the skills to look after themselves.

How much is too much for after-school activities?

(4:07 mins) It’s all about balance. No matter how much they do, kids need time to rest, play and get their homework done.

Helping tweens deal with disappointment

Disappointment forges strength, perseverance, and resilience, so we need to support our kids through challenges, not try and clear them out of the way.

What to do when your child has no friends

(5:01 mins) Tween friendships are built on respect, trust, shared stories and having fun. Sometimes you have to teach your child how to be a friend before they can find them in real life.

Helping children make friends

(3:46 mins) Making and keeping friends can be a challenge even for adults. How can we help our kids?

Tweens and privacy – how much is too much?

(2:31 mins) As kids get older they deserve some privacy, but there’s a process involved, based on trust.

When friends fallout – a parent’s guide to tween friendships

(5:35 mins) The tween attitude is all about defining themselves, but that doesn’t mean parents can’t put some limits in place to make life more livable.

Mental Health

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Technology

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Children & Screens – Finding the Balance

(4:41 mins) Is time spent on screens affecting my child’s development?

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.

The impacts of social media on our kids emotional health

Social media has become a normal part of everyday life for teens growing up.  Vanessa takes a deep dive into how this impacts the emotional health of our kids and…

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.

Is it okay to use screens on play dates?

Discover the risks of using digital devices on play dates and simple ideas to tackle this sometimes tricky situation.

Impact of screens on kids under 5

(4:35 mins) What are all these screens doing to my child’s brain?

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)

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.

Health

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Constipation Treatment and Medication (Part 2)

(13:51 mins) Dr Megs talks through various treatment options for constipation and which are suitable for your child at various ages.

Medical Causes of Failure To Thrive (poor weight gain) Part 1

(5:36 mins) What causes poor weight gain in children? Learn about how failure to thrive is diagnosed and how to manage it in this 2 part video series.

Constipation Causes, Signs and Symptoms (Part 1)

(11:46 mins) In this video, learn about the causes of constipation as well as how to recognise it and prevent it.

Treatment Of Fevers in Children – Part 2

(4:29) Learn the definition of fever, how to take temperatures and how to manage them in this 2 part video series.

Causes of Bed Wetting (nocturnal enuresis) – Part 1

(5:23 mins) Dr. Megs runs through risk factors, medical causes and treatment options for nocturnal enuresis otherwise known as bedwetting in this 2 part video series.

Sleep, night terrors and bedwetting

(4:59 mins) Sleep: are you getting enough?

Causes Of Tummy Pain

(9:30 mins) Tummy pain is a common symptom of childhood, learn to distinguish between the less serious and more serious causes of abdominal pain and when to seek medical attention.

Treamtment of Bed Wetting (nocturnal enuresis) – Part 2

(4:38 mins)  Dr. Megs runs through risk factors, medical causes and treatment options for nocturnal enuresis otherwise known as bedwetting in this 2 part video series.

Causes Of Fevers in Children – Part 1

(6:11 mins) Learn the definition of fever, how to take temperatures and how to manage them in this 2 part video series.

What Do Peadiatricians Do?

(1:15 mins) Find out the different ways a paediatrician can support you and your child through this video.

Vulvovaginitis (Itchy Girl Bits)

(7:54 mins) This video covers the causes and treatment of the common “itchy girl bits” complaint of childhood.

Treatment of Failure To Thrive (poor weight gain) Part 2

(3:40 mins) What causes poor weight gain in children? Learn about how failure to thrive is diagnosed and how to manage it in this 2 part video series.

Parenting Boys

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Sleep

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Best way to approach early risers for 3-5 years

Waking up in the wee hours to start the day is definitely not something most parents enjoy but when there is a small child in the house that thinks it’s…

When should I introduce a pillow

Many a well-meaning older generation family member has suggested that maybe the sleepless toddler would prefer a pillow but when is the right time to introduce one?

Ideal bedtime routine

Having a bedtime routine is an important part of making sure everything goes as smoothly as possible. This is the ideal bedtime routine I recommend.

Sleep, night terrors and bedwetting

(4:59 mins) Sleep: are you getting enough?

How to break the feed / sleep association

You baby wants to feed to sleep and it might be the only way they know how to drift off but for some people in their situation this just doesn’t…

Bedtime wind down tips for young children

We all know that bedtime routines are important but what’s the best order to do things and how can we try to help our little ones wind down enough so…

The facts on night terrors vs nightmares

Both night terrors and nightmares are awful to witness as a parent but they’re really different processes and need to be responded to in very different ways. Learn how to…

Sleep guidance when room sharing with your child

For whatever reason you may wish to continue room-sharing with your little one but also reduce the amount of wakings they have overnight. This is completely achievable, and we talk…

Bedtime monsters – what’s the best approach?

Monster spray OR reassuring your little one that there are no monsters…what is the best approach? It’s so hard when your child has irrational fears impacting their sleep but we…

Sleep – how much is needed at age 3-5 years?

At such a busy age full of exciting new developmental stages and leaps it’s important that little ones get the sleep they need to be able to grow and thrive….

Best approach night lights

A pretty nightlight is a lovely addition to a nursery but when is it actually something that’s necessary? And if you do introduce one, when is the best age to…

Does it matter which parent does the baby whispering?

It can be confusing working out who is better off going to your little one when you first start sleep training. Should it be dad because your little one will…

Toddler nutrition and sleep – what foods best encourage sleep

Food fuels your toddler’s body and they can be fussy little monkeys which makes it even harder! Learn which foods you should be focusing on to promote sleep and which…

Quiet time ideas for young children who no longer nap.

Mourning the loss of your child’s midday nap is certainly hard for any parent but we have the lowdown on the best way to encourage quiet time so your little…

Ideal nap time routine

It’s not realistic to do a full bedtime routine for every nap but there are certainly some easy ways to ensure that your little one is as calm and ready…

Tips for avoiding older siblings being disturbed

The fear of waking a sleeping older sibling can be enough to put parents off the idea of trying to help their younger child learn to sleep better. We have…

Does overnight sleep guidance necessarily mean bedtime sleep guidance?

Not everyone necessarily wants to eradicate the bedtime feed-to-sleep habit but that doesn’t mean you can’t work on the rest of the night and get the overnight wakings resolved. We…

How to tell when your child no longer needs a nap

Children can drop their nap all together anywhere between the age of 2.5 to 5 years…so how do you know where your child fits into that range? We talk you…

What age is best to move a child from cot to bed

Moving from a cot to a bed is a big leap and it’s one that many families rush into without stopping to consider the possible ramifications. Make sure you have…

How to introduce a comfort toy

A comfort toy or cloth can be a great idea as it means your little one has a reassuring item that can help soothe them back to sleep regardless of…

Should I start with night sleeps or naps first?

Considering tackling your little one’s behavioural sleep issues can be an overwhelming prospect but it doesn’t have to mean that you’re signing up for 24/7 intense sleep training duty. In…

Tips for ditching the dummy

What is the ideal age to kick the dummy habit and what is the best approach? Losing a comfort item that your little one is strongly attached to can be…

Teaching your older baby to find their dummy

Sleep guidance does not mean you necessarily have to remove the dummy from an older child’s sleep environment, but it will mean that we have to help them learn to…

Developmental Milestones

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My child doesn’t hold their pencil properly, when do I need professional help?

(3:16 mins) My child doesn’t hold their pencil properly, when do I need professional help?

How do I parent my child so they will develop their social and emotional brain?

David Loyst explores the different types of parenting and how these help develop your child’s social and emotional behaviours.

Play ideas with a 3-year-old

(2:22 mins) Play ideas with a 3-year-old

Early childhood language development – “red flags” (at what point should parents seek help)

(7:02 mins) Learn about normal early childhood language milestones and the “red flags” that might indicate further assessment is necessary.

Play ideas with a 5-year-old

(1:32 mins) Play ideas with a 5-year-old

Children are not small adults

One of the mistakes parents often make is thinking of their growing children as though they were small adults. In this mindset, we can often, by downward extension, apply the…

Does my child need to crawl before they walk?

(4:07 mins) Research has found crawling has many developmental benefits such as integrating both sides of the babies brain, eye hand coordination, developing binocular vision and building self-confidence. When your…

When is the best time to toilet train my child?

(3:52 mins) When is the best time to toilet train my child?

Play ideas with a 4-year-old

(2:14 mins) Play ideas with a 4-year-old

What does a paediatric Occupational Therapist do?

(2:21 mins) Have you wondered what a paediatric Occupational Therapist does? Children don’t go to work you think? While they might not go to work like adults, their days are…

Tips for rapid toilet training

(3:05 mins) Have you recently started toilet training your little one? Here are some tips and tricks to getting them successful quickly!

Ask an Expert

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Parenting Girls

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Recipes

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Sweet and Sour Quinoa Balls

Sweet and sour quinoa balls are perfect for a lunch box, finger food or as part of a main meal. Great for kids and for baby-led weaning (blw) Prep Time…

Tuna and Potato Cakes

Great for baby-led weaning and the whole family will enjoy too. Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 40 minutes Total Time 50 minutes Ingredients 500 g Potatoes (peeled and cut…

Sweetcorn Quinoa Fritters

Made with store cupboard / freezer ingredients and easy to make. Great for baby-led weaning, toddlers and for lunch boxes Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Total Time…

Banana and Blueberry Fritters

A fruity, sweet snack or dessert. Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 5 minutes Total Time 15 minutes Servings 6 small fritters Calories 62 kcal 2 ripe bananas 1/4 –…

Plum and Almond Baked Oats

Delicious oats baked with plums and almonds to make a hand held breakfast great for kids and babies. Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 28 minutes Total Time 38 minutes…

Mini Blender Muffins

Mini blender muffins perfect for baby-led weaning, toddlers or to pop into lunch boxes. Course Breakfast, Snack Servings 12 mini muffins Ingredients 1 banana 80g (1 cup) oats 125g (1/2…

5 lunchbox ideas with cucumber

Check out these fabulous different ways you can use cucumber to create a healthy lunchbox for you kids.

Rainbow Fritters

Fritters packed full of different coloured veggies made with chickpea flour. Course Lunch / snack Prep Time 10 minutes Cook Time 8 minutes Total Time 18 minutes Servings 10 Ingredients…

Fruity Oat Breakfast Bites

Oats baked with fruit to make little hand held breakfast bites or a healthy kids’ snacks. Great for blw (baby-led weaning). Course Breakfast / Snack Prep Time 5 minutes Cook…

Developmental Conditions

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Safety

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Coparenting

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Teens

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Sexuality Education

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Single Parenting

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