General Parenting

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How to talk to your child and get them to open up

Amanda from Kids Helpline shares her tips for talking to children, tweens and teens in a way that makes them feel safe and comfortable to open up about what they…

How To Handle A Toddler

Midwife Cath gives insight into toddlers and why they behave the way they do, as well as some tips and tricks to help encourage cooperation.

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.

Building confidence in kids

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

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.

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.

When anger turns physical

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

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.

Family Relationships – connecting, communicating and resolving conflict

Young people are figuring out how to connect, communicate and resolve conflict with their families. How do we model healthy conflict resolution to our children, and also give them permission…

What counsellors wish parents knew

Amanda from Kids Help Line discusses the top three things the counsellors at Kids Helpline wish that parents knew about kids and young people.

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.

How To Cope With Backchatting and Rudeness

One of the most common problems parents face is backchatting or rudeness from their child. Maggie Dent discusses why this happens and what parents can do to stop this negative…

Is it luck your teens don’t make bad choices?

Is what sort of teenager you end up with just luck or is it possible to grow the right type of teen? Dr Arne explores when the right time to…

When Kids Won’t Stop Whining

Maggie Dent discusses how to stop your child from whining. Maggie talks about how triggering whining can be for parents and what whining tells us about our children and their…

What to do when your tween says they hate you

(3:18 mins) Big emotions can lead to harsh words, so separate the rules from your relationship to keep them in check.

When Teens Get it Wrong – How to Manage Teen Behaviour in Ways that Nurture Growth

All teenagers get it wrong sometimes. As parents, it’s important that we understand how to balance a strong emotional connection with solid boundaries to nurture their growth.

Teenage Flare-Ups: Why They Happen and How to Deal With Them

The incomplete development of the teenage brain means they'll often misinterpret everyday communication. Understanding this as parents can help us to communicate more effectively with our adolescents and reduce the…

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.

The difference between tantrums and meltdowns

Do you know the difference between and tantrum and a meltdown? Allison explores that characteristics of and motives behind each of these, sharing ways in which you can help manage…

What is anxiety and why are children experiencing it?

What is anxiety and what does it look like in a child, both physically and mentally? Allison discusses the signs to look for and causes for the increase of anxiety…

Technology

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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…

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.

Is my child addicted to technology?

If you were to ask them, many parents would say the thing they are most worried about when it comes to their children becoming teenagers, is drugs, but there is…

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,…

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.

Children & Screens – Finding the Balance

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

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.

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.

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 use screens on play dates?

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

Mental Health

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The impact of mind and body connection in helping with anxiety

What role does sleep, diet and exercise play in childhood anxiety and why is important to be aware of the mind and body connection?

Teens and Depression – Why Teens are Vulnerable and What Parents Can Do

The brain changes that teenagers experience make them particularly vulnerable to depression. Knowing the different areas where this vulnerability occurs can help parents understand how best to support their adolescents…

Preparing children for a death

(3:44 mins) When someone your children loves is going to die, how can you prepare them?

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

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.

Calming anxious kids

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

Reducing Anxiety In Kids with Mindfulness and Meditation

We hear a lot about mindfulness and meditation these days, but what is it, how can we teach these skills to our children and together, how can we use them…

Anxiety in Teens – How to Manage Anxiety

This video explores the most effective strategies that your teenager can use to help them strengthen their mind and body against anxiety.

Understanding the causes of mental health issues in young people

There has been a significant increase in mental health issues in children and young people and Kids Helpline is seeing this every day. Amanda explains some of the causes of…

How to talk to your children about death

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

Social Wellbeing / Friendship

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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 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.

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 to do about the child who only wants intense, suffocating friendships

In this video, Claire explores how parents can help a child who is being suffocated by a particular friend and also what to do about it if your child is…

Parenting an only child

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

Managing the boisterous bluster of 8 and 9-year-old boys

Claire discusses what causes the change in behaviour we need to be aware of in boys around this age. She talks through strategies on how to set your son on…

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.

Do you make your child say I’m sorry?

Knowing how important it is for us to get along with others, we can become really focused on making sure our children mind their manners. This often includes making our…

How to help your teen create a healthy personal identity

During the teenage years is when children start to develop their own personal identity, separate from their parents. Dr Arne discusses the practical things that parents can do to encourage…

Strengthening Teens Against Peer Pressure

Peer pressure is a very normal part of adolescence. As parents, there are things we can do to help our children withstand some of these pressures.

Baby

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Reflux in Babies

Reflux can be very worrying for parents, and most babies will grow out of it. Find out what reflux is and how to manage it.

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…

Top Five Tips for Babies and Toddlers

In this video, Midwife Cath shares her Top Five Tips for parenting in the first 3 years. She covers swaddling and wrapping your baby and the importance of floor play.…

My baby has separation anxiety and won’t go to anyone but me

Pinky explores the 'velcro baby', why some babies have separation anxiety and how we can help them to be better settled with other people.

When will my baby start to sleep through the night?

The age-old question every parent wants to know! Are there things you can do to help your baby sleep through the night, or is it just something that comes with age?…

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…

My baby is unsettled after feeding…what could be causing it?

Pinky discusses the common reasons your baby might be unsettled after feeding including reflux, allergies and intolerances.

Do I have to let my baby cry it out?

There are a number of different schools of thought when it comes to letting your baby 'cry it out'. Meg discusses the different approaches and what works best in the different…

Milk monsters – What to do when your child is still drinking bottles or just too much milk

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

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…

Nutrition

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Health

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What to do when your child burns themselves

Sarah teaches parents about the different types of burns, how to administer first aid for a burn and when to seek medical health.

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.

How to remove a tick

Do you know how to remove a tick safely, without causing more damage or poisoning? Sarah discusses the latest research in tick removal and how to do it safely.

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.

Children and Poisoning

Sarah talks through how to poison-proof your house and what to do in the event your child has been poisoned.

Cradle cap and other common newborn rashes

When your child gets a rash, it can be quite alarming! Find out what cradle cap is, what causes it and how to treat it, as well as other common…

What is Mastitis and how do i know if I have it?

Pinky explores what Mastitis is, what the symptoms are to look out for and what the best course of treatment is.

Foreign bodies and peas up nose!

At some point in your child's life, they will stick something, somewhere in their body it does not belong! Sarah looks at where these hiding places are, how to remove…

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.

Food Allergies and Intolerances

What is the difference between allergy and intolerance? What are the signs of food allergies? How to reduce the risk of food allergies in babies? Find out in this video!

Breast / Bottle Feeding

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How do I stop night feeds and what is a good age to do this?

Many new mothers are conflicted about when to try and drop their baby's night feeds. Pinky discusses how and when the best time to drop night feeds is for your…

My baby is unsettled after feeding…what could be causing it?

Pinky discusses the common reasons your baby might be unsettled after feeding including reflux, allergies and intolerances.

Is breastfeeding my baby in bed ok?

In the middle of the night, it is not uncommon for a mother to breastfeed their baby in bed for convenience. But is this the best practice, or is it,…

Is breastfeeding my baby to sleep creating bad habits?

One of the most popular questions I am often asked is, does breastfeeding my baby to sleep cause bad habits. Find out the answer to this question in this video.…

How do I breastfeed a newborn and occupy a toddler at the same time?

Pinky shares her ideas on how to keep a toddler busy while you breastfeed your baby.

How can I prepare a breastfed baby for childcare?

There is always going to be a transition period for a baby who is starting childcare. If you breastfeed your baby to sleep or they haven't started taking a bottle yet,…

What is Mastitis and how do i know if I have it?

Pinky explores what Mastitis is, what the symptoms are to look out for and what the best course of treatment is.

How can I pump more breastmilk?

There are a few reasons your baby may not be able to breastfeed and has to take your breastmilk from a bottle. In this video Meg shares some ideas of…

Painful breastfeeding…is it ever normal?

Breastfeeding can come naturally to some mothers, but others need to work on it to develop the skill. But is painful breastfeeding part of the journey? Meg discusses the issue of…

I didn’t breastfeed my first baby, but want to breastfeed my second baby

What should you do if you didn't breastfeed your first child, but you would like to try with your next baby? There is hope and Pinky shares some tips on…

Education

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Preparing Your Child To Start School

Practical tips for making your child's transition to 'big school' as smooth as possible.

How a growth mindset can be developed through play

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

Help My Child Doesn’t Want to go School

(3:37 mins) Is your son or daughter refusing to go to school?

How to communicate with your child’s school when you have a problem

When a child brings a problem at school to our attention we can very often jump to conclusions about what happened.  Here Maggie gives some tips on how to stay…

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

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.

Preparing toddlers for childcare or preschool

(4:40 mins) When preparing your child for preschool here are three areas that are essential and they may not be what you think!

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 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.