Emotions

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Mummy - I’m scared!

Irrational fears and phobias in children are more common than parents realise. Just as they can dream up superheroes, they can also dream up super monsters. Child psychologist Dr John Irvine explains. Can you remember back to when you were a kid?

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Mums and sons

Society is quick to judge sole parents, especially women raising boys. But what do boys themselves say? According to the research, boys from a single-parent background were four times more likely to abuse drugs than boys who had two parents at home.

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My best friend

Are you part of a close-knit group of friends? Perhaps your circle is one you’ve belonged to since school or university, or does it centre around your workplace? Maybe you’re one of those lucky people who met their best friend...

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Night nasties

It is a rare child who never experiences any fear about sleeping alone, bedtime, the dark or imaginary monsters. Most kids will need some help navigating their way through childhood and the issues around sleeping...

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Positive psychology in schools

Traditionally, the focus in children’s education has been on academic achievement. With the increased concern surrounding the mental health and wellbeing of today’s youth, a new movement has started to emerge, that of Positive Education. Suzanne Sage looks into this important development for Australian children.

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Sibling anxiety

Sibling separation anxiety

My two girls are close in age, separated by less than 18 months. This year the oldest has started school and to our surprise her younger sister is not coping at all with the change, especially about going to day care by herself.

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Sibling squabbling

Our 6 year old daughter seems to have got a bit too big for her boots. She’s nearly at the end of her first year at school and has lately adopted what I can only describe as ‘attitude’ – answering back, challenging our authority and ‘getting in the face’ of her 8 year old brother...

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Smart parenting, safer kids

Smart parenting, safer kids. The current generation of parents grew up in a time that they reminisce about as having greater freedom than they allow their own children. It’s ironic really – as in other ways children today have been exposed...

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Smart parenting, safer kids

The current generation of parents grew up in a time that they reminisce about as having greater freedom than they allow their own children. It’s ironic really – as in other ways children today have been exposed at a much younger age...

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The power of pets

At various stages growing up my sisters and I had guinea pigs, ducks, fish, mice, cats and a dog. I’m sure there was a school holiday or two spent minding the classroom rabbit and gerbil too. We witnessed life and death, experienced...

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