Topic: Social Skills

Teaching Kids to Ask for What They Want

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Much behaviour that annoys parents stems from children’s inability to ask for what they want.

Most parents have experienced a young child yelling, “Mum, he took my toy. It’s not fair!” Perhaps you’ve experienced a child who whines like a dripping tap because they want something from you.

Topics: Parenting, Teens, High School, Behaviour, Primary School, Social Skills, Preschool, Prep, Toddlers

How to Deal with Anxiety - A Parent's Guide

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Anxiety is currently the most common health condition in Australia. Anxiety disorder affects:

•    1 in 4 people
•    1 in 3 women
    1 in 8 men
•    14 % of the population

40% of all people will experience a panic attack at some point in their lives.

Topics: Parenting, Teens, High School, Primary School, Social Skills, Health, Anxiety

Seven Phrases to Avoid When Kids Are Anxious

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Talking with kids when they are anxious can be hard work for parents and teachers. Sometimes just one word out of place or spoken with the wrong tone of voice can get a child’s back up, upset them or make them uncooperative.

Topics: Parenting, Teens, High School, Primary School, Social Skills, Anxiety

5 Ways to Validation: Showing Distressed Kids You Get It

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Every day, we send messages to our kids that shape their thoughts, feelings and behaviours. Equally, our kids are sending us messages about their thoughts and feelings through their behaviour, particularly when they’re feeling distressed.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Behaviour, Primary School, Social Skills, Anxiety

Fostering Healthy Sibling Relationships

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If your kids constantly fight with each other, then don’t despair. All that emotional energy isn’t going to waste.

According to a recent study, sibling fights teach kids important conflict resolution skills. In fact, parents who stop their children from arguing may well be depriving them of important learning opportunities.

Topics: Parenting, Behaviour, Social Skills

Why Kids Need Time Alone with Their Friends

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As young as eight, I would hop on my bike after school, cycle a few blocks and knock on my friend's door to see if they could play. We would kick balls in the street or ride to the woods for fort building and games of tiggy and 'capture the castle'. If my parents worried, they never showed it.

Topics: Teens, High School, Primary School, Social Skills

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