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Tips to be more resilient

What you can do: 1. To help yourself to be more resilient Positive self–talk. That means: tell that voice in your head to think about all the good things around you and all

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The Gift That Lasts a Lifetime

Growing up we didn’t have a lot. Mummy & Daddy worked hard, but with four kids, things were always tight. We didn’t have stacks of presents under our Christmas tree. I

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Tips for raising fit kids

Fitness expert Sarah Cowley shows you how to get the whole family exercising. Kids need clear, positive messages about exercise to develop active habits for life. The earlier they

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Building Resilience in Children

How do we manage to parent from a place of love and understanding, not fear and paranoia? It's not possible to protect our children from the ups and downs of life. Raising

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Language activities for the holidays

Language can be taught with almost anything around us. By talking to your children about the things that you are doing, buying, making or seeing, you are stimulating their

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Language development in primary school children aged between 5 and 8 years.

Early language researchers used to think that by the time a child reaches school age their language skills are almost fully developed, but in fact there is enormous growth in all

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Making Maths Fun! Ideas for over 2's

You will be amazed that what you are doing every day with young children is already laying strong foundations for mathematics, like algebra, statistics, measurement and

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Making Maths Fun! Ideas for under 2's

So much of what children are discovering in early childhood has a mathematical spin. Everyday experiences in early childhood centers are helping little ones learn early

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Why Read To Your Kids

A quiet time, a quiet place, some tasty food, a good book - read by a loving parent - is a stepping stone towards intelligent children and a happy home. Reading to your kids

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Study Tips For Exams

Learning new material is challenging. It is normal to think I will never learn this or it's too hard. Get a wall planner and put your exam dates on it. Use a homework

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Life can be like a roller coaster

Life can be like a roller coaster – sometimes it’s great and thrilling and sometimes it’s just scary and stomach-churning! Have you noticed how some people approach life with

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Saying goodbye to those Primary school years can be hard

We often know the staff well and feel comfortable going in to talk to teachers to sort things out. We’ve been to sports days, concerts, helped out in classes, on school trips and

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A Fresh Start - Good tips for Year 7 & 8's transitioning into Year 9

These early days of a new school years are really important for how our young people will learn to get the best out of their school year. Encourage the “merge like a zip”

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My Stutter Book

The Stuttering Treatment and Research Trust is releasing a book of art, poems, and essays from Kiwi kids who stutter – to contribute to this year’s International Stuttering

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Dyslexia - a brief overview

"Dyslexia is an alternative way of thinking and learning that affects one in ten New Zealanders, including over 70,000 school children."   Dyslexia Foundation of New

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Assessing learning needs

When an assessor is working with a child, they are looking for pieces of the puzzle that don't fit. They are looking for patterns - they are looking for WHY... Judith Alexander -

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"I can't do it!"

"I can't do it!" ... and even when your child finally does do it, you will still hear the declaration "that doesn't mean I really can do it." It doesn’t seem to help to tell them

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Diving into Dyscalculia

It’s been described as the number one cause of maths weakness that you’ve never heard of.  Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability we know very little about yet it affects

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How can we all get along together?

"How can we all get along together?" This phrase will resonate with many parents, children and young adults, possibly followed by feelings of frustration and hopelessness. Over

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I'm Bored

Once in a while we may hear these words: “I’m bored!” from younger family members. This can be bewildering when we consider what we provide for our children. Professor J. D.

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Why is arts therapy such an effective way to help children to heal from illness, trauma and emotional difficulties?

Arts therapy can help children and teens to express feelings and concerns that are sometimes difficult to communicate in words. It offers ways for young people to access their

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Reading is an Absolute Foundation in Education & Life

A couple of weeks ago I covered "Letting Children be Children" A childhood should be full of wonder. One of the great access points to that wonder is books/stories. There is

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Is my child being bullied - or bullying others?

It’s one of a parent’s worst nightmares. You discover that your child is being bullied – or bullying others. If only you had known sooner, maybe you could have nipped it in the

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Why do Kiwis love a perfect smile?

Once upon a time, braces were referred to as “train tracks” or “metal mouth”. Now more than ever, braces are popular, with children and teens frequently wanting braces! Parents are

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Letting Children be Children

I am just a touch over 50 now but I will never forget my standard 1 (Year 3 for modern types) teacher, in our open-plan classroom (MLE for modern types) informing us, with fear

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Help for Kids 'local sponsors helping local kids'

'Help for Kids' Here at KidsLink, we are so proud of our 'Help for Kids' programme. By the end of 2016, we had been able to help 142 children access $45,000 worth of

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Cotton Wool vs. Let 'em Rip!

Cotton wool vs. let 'em rip - is there a healthy balance? Tip number one: Let children be bored! So often we hear children say "I'm bored" and we leap in with a load of

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Creating confident kids

Two of the best in the business share their top tips for creating confident kids! Dean Kent "small white guy who tried his best" It's all about habits - develop good ones!

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How to engage boys into learning

WOW - what an inspirational afternoon! We were totally inspired and in fact completely blown away by the ideas and results shared with us by John, Stu and Michael! Messages

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Dyslexia – not just a reading and writing problem

Most people regard dyslexia as just a reading and writing problem, and do not realise that just as importantly dyslexia can adversely affect a child’s feeling of well-being and

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