How Parents Should Talk To Their Children About Sex

How Parents Should Talk To Their Children About Sex

Parents and children need to be able to discuss sex – but often they avoid these conversations. Here are some tips that will help change these conversations from awkward to normal.

Making Appreciation A Part Of Your Regular Routine... for Kids (and Adults)

Achieving an Attitude of Gratitude... for Kids (and Adults)

How do you help your child achieve a positive sense of worth? By teaching him how to appreciate himself. Do this by: 1. First, no matter how your child is behaving, find something within him to value and be grateful for. 2. Then, point out to your child the specific quality or action you are appreciating about him.

4 Tips To Help Kids To Cope With Covid-19 Anxiety

4 Tips To Help Kids To Cope With Covid-19 Anxiety

The news coverage on COVID-19 is pervasive, persistent, and in my view as a professor of psychiatry, perilous. Sometimes it seems as though the pandemic is all we talk about.

Children Reveal What They Really Think Of Adults

Children Reveal What They Really Think Of Adults

Every parent knows that sometimes your child says something that stops you in your tracks. Such a moment came for one of us, Emma Maynard, when her son Oscar was approaching his year 6 SATS tests at the end of primary school.

The Empathy of Children: Have We Lost Our Ability To Feel?

The Empathy of Children: Have We Lost Our Ability To Feel?

During the first few months of 2003, I was taught something remarkable by 123 children, from 2 to 13 years of age. There is something remarkable about kids: they experience life in a way that expresses deep and profound wisdom. Their wisdom is born of their own connection to life and to living things.

3 Ways To Promote Social Skills In Homebound Kids

3 Ways To Promote Social Skills In Homebound Kids

With the severity of the COVID-19 pandemic getting worse in most of the country, a growing number of school districts from San Francisco to Atlanta have determined that a return to daily in-person instruction isn’t yet safe or viable. 

3 Ways To Teach Kids Storytelling

3 Ways To Teach Kids Storytelling

During this unprecedented era of separation and isolation due to coronavirus, all people, particularly children, urgently need to build relationships, connect with community and foster a sense of self.

Empowering Children to Find the Answers to their Problems

Empowering Children to Find the Answers to their Problems

The most important job a person can have is to teach another. Educators have a great responsibility toward those they teach, because everything they do and say has a lifelong impact upon their students. For this reason, it is very important that the children and youth be empowered by allowing them to make their own decisions...

How Do You and Your Child Relate?

How Do You and Your Child Relate?

There are many parents who would never imagine that their child doesn't have the nerve to talk with them. When I first created my school programs more than twenty years ago, I was amazed at how many thousands of children told me they felt this way and hadn't let their parents know. How close do you think your child feels to you?

The Long-Lasting Importance of the Bonding of Mother and Child

The Long-Lasting Importance of the Bonding of Mother and Child

Bonding gives an intuitive, extrasensory kind of relationship between mother and child. Bonding is a felt process, not available to discursive thought, language, or intellect. It is a communion that bypasses our ordinary reasoning mind. The mother senses the infant's need to evacuate the same way she recognizes her own bodily needs, but the communion of bonding goes beyond just physical processes.

Here Are 7 Ways To Help Young People Navigate A Changed World

Here Are 7 Ways To Help Young People Navigate A Changed World

As we start to think about rebuilding our lives in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, we need to be clearer than ever about what kind of Australia we want to live in, what counts as progress, and how we measure how well we’re succeeding.

Why A Little Baby Talk Is Good For Your Toddler

Why A Little Baby Talk Is Good For Your Toddler

Has anyone ever told you: “Don’t baby talk to your baby?” Parents of young infants often tell us that they have heard this advice from friends, family and even health care professionals.

A Season of Hope -- of Light, Love, and Social Solidarity

A Season of Hope -- of Light, Love, and Social Solidarity
For years, psychologists, educators and church leaders have warned about subversive and decadent influences on children in our society -- the internet, pornographic literature and films, violent video games, raunchy TV, and so on. It's an old story: the more sexually perverted the entertainment, the more teenagers watch it, and the higher the ratings and the profits.

How Can I Help If My Child Is Being Too Clingy

How Can I Help If My Child Is Being Too Clingy

Many parents complain of difficulties in managing clingy children – whether it’s a baby who cries every time the parent is out of sight, a toddler who clings to their parent’s legs at social events, or a primary school kid who doesn’t want their parents to go out for dinner without them.

Why Your Child Should Take Swimming Lessons?

Why Your Child Take Should Swimming Lessons?

Drowning is the third leading cause of unintentional death from injury worldwide. From July 2018 to June 2019, 276 people drowned across Australia – a 10% increase on the previous year.

Why Snacks After Youth Sports Is A Bad Idea

Why Snacks After Youth Sports Is A Bad Idea
Research has shown that youth who participate in sports leagues are eight times as likely to be active in their early 20s than those who don’t participate.

What To Do At Home So Your Kids Do Well At School

What To Do At Home So Your Kids Do Well At School
Student achievement has been found to be most influenced by parents’ aspirations and expectations for their children’s development along with active involvement in their learning.

What Can You Do If Your Child Is Afraid of the Dark?

What Can You Do If Your Child Is Afraid of the Dark?
A common childhood fear is fear of the dark. Many children become terrified of the dark and can't go to sleep in a darkened room alone, convinced the "bogeyman" or some other night creature is waiting in the shadows to get them. I had a client whose son was terrified...

How To Help Children Build Empathy and Resilience

How To Help Children Build Empathy And Resilience
Disturbing events related to cyberbullying in recent months and years have raised great concern among parents, youths and educators regarding the everyday lives of children in online spaces

Why You Should Give Children The Right To Play

Why You Should Give Children The Right To Play
New research from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Health Measures Survey reaffirmed the dramatic decline in Canadian children’s fitness seen over the past 35 years

New Research Dispels Autism Common Assumptions

New Research Dispels Autism Common Assumptions
Sixteen-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg has made headlines not just for her passionate climate activism, but because she is outspoken about having autism.

Parenting Without Anger: Teaching Children Love, Not Anger

Parenting Without Anger
We use anger in disciplining our children because we become upset by what they do, and we then become angry. But when we mix the 'lesson' with our anger, we end up teaching our child that it's okay to respond with anger to things that upset us. When we respond with anger, the child learns anger.

Cultivating Awe and Wonder Begins by Keeping Our Eyes Open

Cultivating Awe and Wonder Begins by Keeping Our Eyes Open
Children seem able to find wonder in the simplest of things -- an unusual bug on the sidewalk, a puddle that is particularly deep, a small paper airplane. As we age, somehow our capacity for awe and wonder is diminished, just as our skin loses its elasticity. So how do we recapture the experience of wonder?

Myths Debunked About Only Children

Myths About Only Children Debunked
Only children get a bad rap. They are often perceived as selfish, spoiled, anxious, socially inept and lonely. And my profession, psychology, may be partly to blame for these negative stereotypes.

When Should My Child Start Speaking?

When Should My Child Start Speaking?
Children develop at varying rates in all sorts of ways, from when they take their first steps to when they understand that their own perspective might be different to someone else’s.

Is Using Cannabis In Front Of Children Harmful?

Is Using Cannabis In Front Of Children Harmful?
Public health agencies are warning parents about using cannabis in the presence of their children. However, parents who use cannabis say that it makes them more empathetic, more patient and more caring towards their young ones

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