General Parenting

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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.

What is counselling and how does it work?

We often hear people say: "you should go and speak to someone", but who is that 'someone' and what do they do? Amanda demystifies who a counsellor is and what…

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…

Helping your child navigate dating, relationships and break ups

Inevitably at some point in your child's life, they are going to enter the world of dating, relationships, and breakups. Here you can find out what you need to know…

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 kids wish parents knew

Kids Helpline speaks to kids of all ages each day and have seen a theme of three main things kids want their parents to know about them.

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.

How to relate to your kids so that they get that you love them

Did you know that there are six stages of attachment that all children ideally progress through in the first six years of life? Not experiencing one or more of these…

Raising Optimistic Kids

How can we help our children become more optimistic in the face of challenges and in life in general?

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.

Behaviour

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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.

Help, my child is a runner!

Dr Vanessa answers a ParentTV members question: "Our 3-year-old is a fan of fleeing. It's almost as though his circle of security spans around the whole globe. He is well…

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…

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

All teens get it wrong at some point during their adolescence. It's important to know how to manage teenage behaviour to stay connected to your child to help nurture growth.…

Technology

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Teens and Social Media – Why it Matters and How to Keep it Healthy

Social media is a big part of a teenager's life and as parents, it's our job to understand why it matters so much to our teens and how we can…

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 (7, 4 and 1) I am beginning to see difficulties in ensuring…

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 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 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…

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…

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…

Impact of screens on kids under 5

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

Children & Screens – Finding the Balance

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

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.

Mental Health

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Checking in on your child’s Emotional Wellbeing

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…

What is counselling and how does it work?

We often hear people say: "you should go and speak to someone", but who is that 'someone' and what do they do? Amanda demystifies who a counsellor is and what…

Understanding the causes of mental health 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…

Understanding Suicide in young people

Suicide is a very tricky topic to understand and talk about as there is a lot of stigma and misinformation out there about it. Amanda from Kids Helpline discusses everything…

Therapies and techniques used to treat anxiety in children

Dr Jodie discusses practical research-supported therapies used to treat anxiety in children.

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…

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…

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?

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…

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…

Social Wellbeing / Friendship

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Helping your child navigate dating, relationships and break ups

Inevitably at some point in your child's life, they are going to enter the world of dating, relationships, and breakups. Here you can find out what you need to know…

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. Peer Pressure is a…

Adolescents and Friendships: What Parents Need to Know

During the teen years, friendships and a need to belong become a very significant part of life. It's important to understand how real this is and how you can best…

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…

What you need to know about 7 and 8 year old girls – when the social nastiness gets going

What is happening in our 7 and 8 year old girl's development that causes changes in behaviour around this age? Claire discusses what is going on in their brains and…

Toxic friendships

All friendships have their ups and downs, but when it comes to toxic friendships, what do parents need to know and how can we teach our children about the damaging…

What to do about the socially anxious child?

When should parents be concerned about their child's social anxiety? Claire discusses the steps you can take to help your child when it comes to this difficult situation.

How to help children to make friends

Teaching children how to make friends is a really important life skill that they will carry into their adult years. Claire talks us through some great steps to teach our…

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…

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,…

Baby

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How To Wrap or Swaddle Your Baby

Midwife Cath discusses the importance of wrapping or swaddling your baby for eating and sleeping, and shows you how to use a wrapping technique she pioneered.

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.

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,…

My breastfed baby won’t take a bottle I’m going back to work in a few weeks.

Pinky shares her tips on how to introduce a bottle to a breastfed baby.

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.

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.

Sleep Regression and Developmental Milestones

What do you do if your baby was sleeping eight hours and has suddenly started waking up twice a night? What do you do when your baby was sleeping through…

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,…

My baby won’t self-settle will they ever be able to fall asleep on their own?

Can you teach your baby to fall asleep on their own and is this the right approach? Pinky explores the concept of self-settling and looks at how babies fall asleep.

Nutrition

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Health

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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.

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…

Children and Poisoning

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

Children and Drowning Prevention

Sarah talks about the reality of children drowning and what parents can do to help prevent an accident.

What to do when your child is bleeding

At some point in your child's life, they will cut themselves resulting in the presence of blood. Sarah teaches parents how to suppress blood flow and when to seek medical…

Children and Limb Injuries (Suspected Broken Bones)

Sarah talks through assessing limb injuries, checking for broken bones and what the next best course of action is.

First Aid for Snake and Spider Bites

Would you know what to do if your child was bitten by a snake or a spider? Learn the correct way to administer first aid for snake and spider bites.

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.

Children and Head Injuries

Learn what to do when your child sustains a head injury, what first aid you can administer at home and when you need to seek medical help.

What To Do If Your Child Is Choking

Sarah teaches parents what to do when their child is choking.

Education

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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…

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.

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'.

Help My Child Doesn’t Want to go School

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

Is my child ready for school?

(5:50 mins) Is my child ready for big school?

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

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 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.

Sleep

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Sleep Tricks For Toddlers

Putting a toddler to bed at night can be tricky! Midwife Cath shares her tips and tricks to getting toddlers to sleep and stay in their own bed!

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,…

Sleep Regression and Developmental Milestones

What do you do if your baby was sleeping eight hours and has suddenly started waking up twice a night? What do you do when your baby was sleeping through…

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,…

My baby won’t self-settle will they ever be able to fall asleep on their own?

Can you teach your baby to fall asleep on their own and is this the right approach? Pinky explores the concept of self-settling and looks at how babies fall asleep.

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…

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?…

When will my baby fall asleep on their own?

One of the most popular questions every parent asks is when will my baby fall asleep on their own. In this video Meg shares what to expect when it comes…

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.…

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…