Articles

  1. Home
  2. Articles
Filter

Creating a Visually Friendly Classroom

For students with visual problems the classroom can often be full of distractions, from the glare of the lights to the oversaturation of information on the walls. The following

Read More

Parents play an important role in helping their children learn how to have healthy sexual relationships.

Parents of LGBTQ children often feel especially uncomfortable and unequipped when they try to educate them about sex and dating. Here are the top 3 reasons why parents won’t talk

Read More

Helping Kids with Anxiety: Strategies to Help Anxious Children

Childhood anxiety can worsen as children grow. How can you help your child manage anxiety on their own? When childhood anxiety is heightened, it’s natural for parents to go into

Read More

BE MORE THAN JUST AN EFFECTIVE LEADER, BUILD YOUR LEADERSHIP SKILLS TO BE A GREAT ONE

Consider the last time you heard a truly inspiring speech. Some of you may be old enough to recall JFK’s moon speech and his motivational words that we do things “not because

Read More

Special Needs Teens Rise to Challenges

Adolescence is a time of physical and emotional growth, developing independence, and developing an identity, whether your child has special needs or not. The timing may be

Read More

How to Get Your Child to Sleep

Everyone needs healthy sleep, and for children, it's especially important. Children rely on good sleep to learn, develop, and grow. But healthy sleep is often easier said than

Read More

‘Gut feel’ is a thing

Have you ever noticed that feeling of nausea in your stomach when someone asks you to do something that is outside your comfort zone? Maybe you get those butterflies in your tummy

Read More

What Is Social Anxiety?

When fear of how you appear gets in the way of functioning When you’re a teen you start being more aware of what other people think. There seems to be a “right” thing to wear or

Read More

What to Do (and Not Do) When Children Are Anxious

How to respect feelings without empowering fears When children are chronically anxious, even the most well-meaning parents can fall into a negative cycle and, not wanting a child

Read More

Sensory Processing FAQ

What are sensory processing issues? Some kids seem to have trouble handling the information their senses take in—things like sound, touch, taste, sight, and smell. Besides these

Read More

The Absentee Parent

Um… Are your parents home? Have you noticed there aren’t many parents around on TV these days? Sure, every now and then you get the odd older sibling. Or if parents do exist

Read More

Shaken To My Core

I was raised in Texas so very few things shock me. However, I read a statistic the other day that literally left me gobsmacked. 42% of girls between the ages of 6 years and 9

Read More

Planning for Mistakes

Raising a human being is tricky business. Maybe you find it as easy as spreading melted butter on hot bread. For me, there have been those moments, but there have been moments when

Read More

It Ain’t That Bad

If you are like most parents, the first few days of the school holidays are great. Time off with the whole family brings much needed bonding and grounding. Then…without

Read More

Book’em Dano…

I love books. Walking into the Auckland Public Library downtown is like a trip to Disney Land! You see, we are built for stories. It’s why we like TV, Movies and even

Read More

Becoming Mum

The day I found out I was pregnant filled me with equal parts of joy and fear. I was living 15,000kms away from my momma and even though I had the best mother-in-law in the world,

Read More

All Grown Up

My son turned 18. Apparently, he is now a man. He voted in our last election and in some countries around the world, he could be drafted into mandatory military service. Of

Read More

Lost Your Teenager or Young Adult to Gaming?

Are you tired of feeling confused about their addiction? Are you frustrated that what you’ve tried before hasn’t worked? Do you feel hopeless? Or shame that you’re a “bad

Read More

My strategies for success

Labelled lazy by teachers, Aidan Milner struggled through school. However he thrived at university despite severe dyslexia and dyscalculia. He explains why. I was formally

Read More

Dyslexia in preschoolers

Research shows that the earlier we identify and support children with dyslexia, the better their outcome. So what are the first signs, and what can we do to help? Dyslexia isn’t

Read More

Gifted and challenged

Imagine a child who finds school both too easy and too hard. Highly creative and with a vast general knowledge, they can’t sit still in class and or hold a pencil properly to write

Read More

Supporting students with autism in the classroom: what teachers need to know

Students with autism often present unique challenges to schools, and teachers can often find it difficult to meet their needs effectively. Internationally, around 1 in 68

Read More

Being a Guide or Scout 'can help improve mental health in later life'

Children who participate in the organisations are likely to have better psychological health in middle age Joining the Scouts or Guides appears to help lower the risk of mental

Read More

More Kiwi kids brought up on tech can't hold a pencil

Experts have seen six-year-olds with the handwriting ability of typical two-year-olds as kids spend less time using pencils and more time on computers. An increasing number of

Read More

Confident Parenting

Whether you're a stay at home or working mum, chances are you'll experience a loss of confidence and self-belief at some point during parenthood. Becoming a parent is one of the

Read More

Born to BE WILD?

If their behaviour is a real concern, it may be time to hit the books If your child is impulsive, fidgety, easily distracted and struggles to concentrate, you may wonder whether

Read More

The Negative Voices in Your Teenager’s Head - 7 ways to quiet them

This is what a teen might say to you about his or her self-talk "I’m mad. I don’t know why. Sometimes I wake up mad; other days it creeps up on me. I don’t like it. It doesn’t

Read More

Motivating Children

Young children develop attitudes toward learning from the significant others in their lives. If parents or other adults nurture a child's self-confidence and curiosity, and provide

Read More

Effective Praise

A goal of educators is to help children to become intrinsically motivated. Children's self-worth develops as an aside from working hard, surmounting frustrations, and overcoming

Read More

5 Reasons Karate Can Boost Your Child’s Self Confidence

Although martial arts have their roots in the necessary self-defence techniques that every fighting-age man and woman had to know in pre-modern Eastern societies, they have evolved

Read More