Topic: Social Skills

Get ready for Prep - a guide for parents

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At the time of writing, it is the beginning of February and the new school year has just begun. For many families, it’s the beginning of a whole new chapter as their child starts school for the first time.

For other families, Prep is a year away, and many parents will be concerned whether their child will be ready for school in 12 months time.

When a child begins Prep, parents are often unsure as to what foundations and skills their little learner should be equipped with.

Topics: Parenting, Primary School, Social Skills, Preschool, Prep, Friendship

Teaching Kids Conversation Skills

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I’ve never been great at small talk. It is only when I can burrow beneath surface-level chit-chat level that I become truly engaged.

I am, however, considerably more advanced at the art of polite conversation than my children. My boys are either too direct (eg “My grandad’s losing his hair too”) or shy and monosyllabic, mumbling to their shoes when spoken to by someone unfamiliar.

Topics: Parenting, High School, Primary School, Social Skills, Preschool

Teaching Your Child About Consent

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The concept of respectful relationships, including consent, has been discussed at a school level for some time, but it hasn’t yet gained universal traction with families. Lacking confidence and unsure where to start, many parents have struggled to make headway in this area. If this sounds familiar, these ideas will help you make a start.

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

My Best Work Experience Advice? Humility

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Early in my career, I was given two separate (and unsolicited) pieces of advice: The first was to learn the job of the person immediately above me if I wanted to progress fast. The second was to ‘perfect’ a spectacularly bad cup of tea if asked to make one for my superiors. 

Topics: School Leavers, High School, 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

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