Parenting

Great grands

For those kids fortunate enough to have grandparents in their lives, the benefits are great – reflects KATE BARBER. In today’s world, many families are dispersed about the globe; and so the relationship between grandparents and their mokopuna may be anchored by weekly Skype sessions. …

Big worries

Clinical psychologist CATHERINE GALLAGHER helps us to understand anxiety, and how we can best support our children to confront their ‘worry thoughts’. Like all living creatures, we need an alarm system to signal threat. Deep in our brains, a chain of events is initiated that …

X-rated exposure

DYLAN WALLS from Aviva Youth Services tackles the tough topic of early exposure to pornography, and offers valuable advice for parents. Pornography is sexually explicit media primarily intended to sexually arouse the viewer, ranging from erotica to snuff movies, with many harmful genres in between. …

Coming home to autism

TARA LENISTON shares her journey after son Dylan was diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). By KATE BARBER In her book Coming Home to Autism, Tara writes openly and intimately about the distress and fear that she and husband Andrew experienced when they discovered something …

Building brains

KATE BARBER talks with well-known neuroscience educator NATHAN WALLIS about how children’s brains develop, and why ‘we need to stop treating our four-year-olds like they are seven’. Talking about the brain development of 2-7-year-olds, Nathan provides a crash course on the neurosequential model of the …

Childs play

So much more than mucking about and making a mess, play is fundamental to children’s learning and development, explains JUDE SOPER from BestStart Educare. WHY IS PLAY SO IMPORTANT? Play, with its limitless possibilities, helps children to: – make sense of their world – understand …

A gutful of milk

Mother and international postnatal educator, PHILIPPA MURPHY delves into the causes of Gastroesophageal Reflux, and offers solutions for healing reflux naturally. DOES MY BABY HAVE REFLUX? I’d like to make it clear that I am talking about Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER/GOR), not Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD/GORD). …

From strength to strength

KATE BARBER talks with DR LEA WATERS about the power of ‘strength-based parenting’ to provide our kids with two vital tools: optimism about the future and resilience when thrown a curve ball. Having researched strength-based science and positive psychology for decades, Lea introduces parents to …