Blog Category: Essential Kids Blog

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Tips for busting phobias & fears for frightened children

This article was original published at Essential Kids. It is normal for many young children[...]

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The only three rules that matter: KISS parenting

There are so many parenting styles floating around in the sleep-deprived, chaotic world that is[...]

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The risk of not letting our children take risks

Lenore Skenazy, author of Free Range Kids, has been fighting against laws in the US[...]

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Raising ‘we’ kids not just ‘me’ kids

In this blog post originally published at Essential Kids, Maggie wrote about the importance of raising[...]

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Surviving the first week of high school

As a former high school teacher, year coordinator and counsellor — as well as a[...]

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A good dog helps kids care

This article was originally published at Essential Kids. Parenting is a tough gig and in[...]

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Supporting your teen through grief

This article was first published at essentialkids.com.au When I was running seminars for teens, I[...]

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Making kids feel safe in 24/7 bad news cycle

This article was originally published at Essential Kids. Read full report. When I heard the[...]

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To praise or not to praise

Over the past couple of weeks I have been immersed in toddler land with my[...]

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Why won’t my kids play outside?

It must be annoying for many parents today who hear stories from older folk like[...]

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Raising Awesome Teens in a Chaotic, Sexualised World

with an afterword by Steve Biddulph The story in the media this week about the[...]

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Expectations: a help or a hindrance?

It is that time – that once every four years time where dreams are made[...]

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Why being a mean, loving parent matters

Without a doubt parenting is confusing, challenging, exhausting, fabulous, delightful and amazing, and often all[...]

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The power of the parental pause

In those tough parenting moments, this secret may be your saving grace, This article was[...]

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Sobering truths about being a mother

Mother’s Day can be bittersweet… Maggie wrote about the weakening of the supportive sisterhood for[...]

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4 Steps to Toddler Genius

Toddlers are wired to explore, investigate, question and be curious so that they may come[...]

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Suicide Prevention: Healing The Wound of Disconnectedness

The latest suicide figures from the ABS are alarming, worrying and hide a world full[...]

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Family meetings

Technically a family operates like a small organisation, like a community or even a small[...]