Child abuse is a topic no-one wants to talk about BUT, the reality is – if we are going to do all we can to keep our children safe - we have to. The rate of child-abuse in Australia and world-wide is on the rise. As a parent, teacher or carer it’s important to teach every child what to do if they are confronted with a situation with the potential for child abuse by educating them from a very young age about the potential harms and what they can do if someone tries to abuse them.
In today’s fast-paced busy life everyone needs a break – parents, teachers and even the kids!
- Stressed-out parents need simple tools to help their kids wind down at the end of the day and relax before bed, and
- Our wonderful school teachers and pre-school teachers need something to help calm kids in the classroom.
- Our beautiful children have to navigate all of the ups and downs in life and being able to manage stress, relax and wind down are important tools for life success.
Can parents really have it all? Me time, family time, work time and time for …
More and more parents want to pursue a great career and enjoy a loving a fun family life. BUT for many mums and dads this is challenging and they feel like they have to sacrifice something to make it all work. Often it is “me” time that goes first, then the career and time with the kids so that work and day-to-day family activities like cooking, after school activities, homework just gets done!
Have you delighted in how eager your pre-schooler is to embrace every aspect of life? Have you experienced their never ending chatter, asking questions, getting messy, tasting, squishing, touching and enjoying everything that crosses their path?
You might be aware that young children can develop their thinking, their language, imagination, speaking and listening skills through creative play. Have you marveled at how skilfully your child’s preschool teachers involve the children in their care in creative play? We know preschool can be a wonderful experience which helps our little ones for communicate and interact with others and of course enhances their learning.
Has your pre-schooler started asking questions like “Where did I come from”? “How did I get in your tummy?” “How did I get out of your tummy mummy”? Or “Why do girls have a vagina and boys have a penis”?
And perhaps you’ve you found your children touching their private parts or even showing them to their friends and you’ve been unsure of how to handle it.
Each of these situations can cause a great deal of stress for parents who don’t feel confident or even know where to begin to answer their young child’s questions about sex and sexuality. Now you know that saying “that’s a good question, ask your father”, or “I don’t know, ask you mother” is just going to get you into trouble!
The many benefits of brain training games for adults and children (helpful for children with ADHD too)
Would you like to play a game with your child that develops and supports your brain and your child’s brain? The BrainWare SAFARI game helps to improve learning, memory, attention, self-regulation and focus which helps increase academic performance and behaviour management. See SPECIAL offer below $100 off for a limited time.
Your brain is responsible for directing your entire body. Your thoughts affect your emotions and behaviours and your ability to learn and to think clearly affects your quality of life. New breakthroughs in brain research have increased our understanding about how we can support a child’s brain development and brain function as well maintain the brain’s healthy function as we age.
Would you like to play a game with your child that develops and supports your brain and your child’s? I’ve been playing a game with our son for the past week and it is fun, educational and challenging and I can see how it’s helping our brain to think better! Cameron and I are really good with the pattern recognition games … we flew through those ‘easy as’… BUT …not so fast with the other games. We have had to be persistent to get the results… and many we’ve yet to master! So let me tell you about how I learned about Brainware Safari game.
Why your Teenager seems erratic, emotionally Unstable, Unresponsive, Disrespectful or even Reckless.
Are you raising one or more teenagers, and are they argumentative, volatile and even down right disrespectful? Are you wondering who took your sweet child away and delivered a teenager who’s mood can go from ambivalence to rage in a split second over the simplest of comments or questions?
Do you have more than one child? Do you have two, three or more children?
Do you find that you simply don’t have enough time for each child, for your partner and especially no time to yourself?
Raising a family of with children of different ages, personalities, needs and then add to the mix, taking care of the home and maybe even working in or on a business can make it a huge challenge.
Do you struggle to get your children off the internet? Is there a daily fight?
Accessing the world through the internet is common for most families today. Even very young children enjoy games and you tube videos and can get VERY upset when asked to stop! Older children also enjoy games as well as connecting with others through social media. BUT…are you worried that your children are accessing harmful and inappropriate content or meeting up with predators online? Are you worried they are spending too much time on the internet?
With most children on the internet and so much harmful content out there that they shouldn’t be exposed like pornography and graphic violence it’s crucial to protect them. BUT you can’t be watching your kids 24/7 so what can you do?
Do you find it hard to talk to your children about sex? Are you embarrassed, confused not really knowing what or how to even start the discussion? As parents we all realise our children need to know about sex and understand their sexuality, but it isn’t an easy conversation – so we often deflect it or avoid it all together. BUT, if you don’t talk to your children about sex, they’ll get their information from someone or somewhere else – and that’s a highly risky strategy because you don’t know what they learn about sex and how it will shape their beliefs and attitudes towards sex –and of course ultimately their sexual experiences in the world.
Do you find it hard to get your children off the iPad or computer? Are your children exhibiting disturbing behaviours like out-of-control crying and screaming for screen time? Do you need HELP? Well, you’re not alone. Technology addiction is now considered a psychological disorder and a growing number of children are experiencing the many harms of too much technology.
Persistent or extreme childhood and adult mental illnesses and other behavioural disorders are often treated with medications. However, many parents are concerned about the side effects and the negative impact on their children in the long term. I recently came across the work of Professor Julia Rucklidge from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand who is a clinical psychologist and researcher who has been working for over a decade on the positive impact that nutrition can have on decreasing and preventing mental illness in children.
After watching her TEDx talk is entitled: “The surprisingly dramatic role of nutrition in mental health”, I wanted to know more about her research and share it with my Win Win Parenting community.
Have you experienced bullying as a child or an adult? Is your child being bullied and you feel helpless? Bullying can have detrimental physical and psychological effects on a child and can result in isolation, depression and even suicide. There is a lot that can be done to overcome and to prevent bullying and today’s show is all about practical solutions that work for you and your child.
Calling all “Helicopter Parents, Tiger Mums, Bulldozer Parents, Workaholic Dads and Free Range Parents…”
Are you an easy going kind of parent or do you like to run a ‘tight ship’ and keep everyone and everything in order? And what about your partner are they the same or completely different and if they’re different does it drive you crazy sometimes? You say to your child “no snacks until after dinner” and you turn around and your partner is munching on a chocolate bar and sharing it with your child!
This show is about giving your child the best chance at employment success. Is your child clear on what they want to do as a career? Are they doing all the right things to get that dream job? Does your child feel confident to get employment? Does your child have a challenge or disability? In today’s job market, it’s not always easy transitioning from school to work. So what can parents do to help?
We all know what it can be like when our child has an emotional meltdown – and it can happen over the littlest thing – like the toast being cut the wrong way! What about the supermarket meltdown when you say “no” to the candies! At those challenging times it can feel like everyone is looking at you, you don’t know what to do to calm your child, you feel judged as an incompetent parent…and you just wish you could be anywhere but here? Right?
Time-out has become a popular approach to parenting, choosing it as a ‘better’ alternative to smacking. However there is evidence that this parenting tool is more complex than many parents think and some experts even consider that time-out can be a harmful practice.
In this interview you’ll learn:
Teenage years can be very volatile. It is a time when parents and teens can feel like they are in opposition and can’t find a connection! There’s so much going on inside a teenager physically, emotionally and psychologically that things can feel out of control and can get out of control in a flash.
Parents can be on the receiving end of emotional outbursts like “I hate you!” “I hate myself!” “My life sucks” “Everyone is always against me” “Can’t you just leave me alone?” These are common feelings for teens who are trying to find their way in the world – where they are torn between breaking away from their parents and becoming independent as well as wanting to be part of a social group.