Covid 19

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How to manage Sensory Overload

With so much sensory information rivalling for our children's attention, how do we help them manage the messages to try and avoid them coming to the point of overwhelm? Click…

How to give your child what they need during COVID-19

Lukas Ritson urges parents to not try and become extra teachers for their children during the COVID-19 pandemic, but to be loving, nurturing and present parents, instead.

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.

Commonsense and the Coronavirus

The world is hearing a lot of scary news about coronavirus everywhere at the moment and the anxiety around this is going to be affecting parents, as well as children.

Moving From Coronavirus Anxiety to Effective Action

Clinical Psychologist Dr Jodie Lowinger, details a simple, 3-step plan for helping us recognise and alleviate the stress and anxiety we’re all feeling about the pandemic.

How Predictability Helps Children Function

Predictability for your child is more than just a routine. Allison discusses how creating a predictable environment for your child can help mould their behaviour and brain function.

Social Connection While Socially Distancing

‘We are organisms of attachment, and we’re meant to be socially connecting, not socially distancing. We need to find ways to be together right now when we’re physically apart.’

Parent strategies to help your child reduce anxiety and feel strong

If your child is experiencing anxiety, what can you as a parent do to help, what strategies can you implement and when do you need to seek help for your…

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…

General Parenting

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Connecting with your kids

Stephanie Wicker shares her four evidence-based tips for staying connected when your kids seem hell-bent on pushing your buttons!

Every Single Cell Song

Allison’s made this video especially for kids to teach them a reassuring and catchy sung mantra. ‘Melody activates the limbic system which allows us to feel, experience and move our…

Motherless Mothers

Maggie shares a special message in the lead-up to Mother’s Day for those of us who’ve lost our mums or whose mothers are absent from our lives. Maggie suggests some…

How to heal the brains of traumatised children

When a child has experienced trauma, it’s important to build their brain from the bottom up to help them heal. In this video, neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis explains what each…

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.

Listening to and advocating for your child

How to hear your child and advocate for them with power and grace - co-depending and listening.

Letting kids quit activities

Quitting sounds negative, but kids should have space to try things and walk away when they don't like it.

Preparing kids for a divorce

A sad topic, but a necessary one. How do we prepare our children for an impending separation and possibly divorce? Here’s how to talk to your children about the broken…

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…

Helping kids cope with change

Brooke from Kids Helpline talks through how children respond to change and what parents can do to help a child who is going through a period of change.

Behaviour

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Help! My child is stealing things

Stealing needs to be looked at and talked about in different ways at different ages. This video discusses how to explore the concept of ownership with young children and when…

Help! My Child Is Biting People

Parents are often horrified and embarrassed when their child sinks their teeth into others or even themselves for the first time! However, biting is actually a completely normal and natural…

How to manage Sensory Overload

With so much sensory information rivalling for our children's attention, how do we help them manage the messages to try and avoid them coming to the point of overwhelm? Click…

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…

Why boys behaviour is their language

For a number of reasons, our boys are often conditioned to go straight to anger, rather than allowing other feelings like sadness or regret or fear. This video takes a…

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.

Why children stop listening

In this video we break down the three big reasons kiddos stop listening and what you can do about it today!

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 sort of rewards or incentives can I give my child?

Primary School principal, Andrew Oberthur, talks us through his guidelines for appropriate use of incentives, affirmations and rewards for kids.

How attachment caregiving helps rewire the brains of traumatised foster kids

A 2005 Child Development study showed that an attachment-based caregiving approach to looking after traumatised foster children is instrumental in healing their brains. Dr Vanessa Lapointe explains how and why…

Technology

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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!

How can parents set up a good learning environment at home?

 In this video, K-12 principal, Rob Walker, gives parents some tips for setting up a good physical working environment for kids at home, with advice on all the ergonomic, practical…

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…

Technology experiences parents need to understand

Have you heard of technoference? What about stopping cues? These are important terms that Jason Gibson believes parents need to understand to help their children have a good relationship with…

Learn if it’s okay to use screen-time as a digital reward or punishment tool

Many parents dangle the ‘digital carrot’ to entice kids to behave or motivate their behaviour, or ban the gaming console, or the TV as a form of punishment. Dr Kristy…

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’.

Is it okay to hand over my phone if my child tells me they’re bored?

Most of us have handed over our smartphone to calm down a screaming child at their sibling’s swimming lesson, or given in to our child’s non-stop whinging about being bored…

How to take away technology if it’s becoming a problem

Many parents may feel the need to take away their child or teen’s tech. Here’s how to do it safely and practically.

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 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.

Mental Health

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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 help your child improve their self-esteem

Child Psychologist and ParentTV expert, Dr Charlotte Reznick, believes that helping kids learn mindfulness and meditation techniques can have a big impact on their sense of self-worth.

Helping your child understand anxiety

What is happening in a child's body when they experience anxiety? And once you as the parent understand, how can you explain what is going on for them, to your…

Handling goodbyes / separation anxiety at childcare or school

It's awful having to leave your little one in a distressed state at daycare or at school. And harder still if you don’t know how best to respond. Parents can…

How to heal the brains of traumatised children

When a child has experienced trauma, it’s important to build their brain from the bottom up to help them heal. In this video, neuroscience educator Nathan Wallis explains what each…

Preparing children for a death

Here are some ways to use 'anticipatory grief' to help children process the forthcoming loss, and some things parents who are terminally ill can do to support their children during…

How to know when child anxiety is becoming a problem

What is anxiety and what are the signs and symptoms that anxiety is becoming a problem for children? Dr Jodie looks at the social, emotional and physical displays of anxiety…

How imagination can help your kids in life

Dr Charlotte Reznick specialises in helping kids harness the power of their imagination to get through difficulties. Here’s what she means by that, and how parents can help.

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…

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…

Social Wellbeing / Friendship

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Helping children make friends

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

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 help your child improve their self-esteem

Child Psychologist and ParentTV expert, Dr Charlotte Reznick, believes that helping kids learn mindfulness and meditation techniques can have a big impact on their sense of self-worth.

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

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.

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.

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 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,…

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.

Helping your child when they’re concerned about a friend

There are many things that can impact on a child's emotional wellbeing. One thing, in particular, is actually the emotional wellbeing of their friends. In this video, Brooke discusses how…

Fostering/Adoption

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