10 things your child’s teacher wants you to know

“What is the one thing you’d like parents to know as their children join your class this year?” We recently asked some local teachers this question as they prepared for the school year ahead. All agreed that you play a huge role in your child’s chances of school success this year. 1. Build a positive […]

The Australian bushfire crisis: How your kids can help

Australia’s bushfires have brought unprecedented loss, fear and sadness to our nation and as ‘city slickers’ it’s hard not to feel guilty as our country cousins struggle with drought, fire and untold tragedy. All is not lost, however, because the spirit of Aussie mateship is alive and well – and it is something we can […]

A gentle guide for sensitive new school parents

Your child is starting at a new school soon. Perhaps it’s the first year of ‘big school’, or maybe high school is just around the corner. You may have moved to a new area – or even a new country – and the social landscape in your child’s new setting is as unfamiliar for you […]

Sibling Rivalry: Psychologist shares school holiday survival tips

A psychologists who works with children in Sydney’s northern beaches says that while it is normal for children to occasionally become bored with one another, time spent with siblings is an important part of building family relationships and teaching kids to co-operate, respect and compromise with others. Brothers and sisters can be great friends and […]

Health funds: Use it or lose it

If you have extras health insurance, getting value out of your membership is probably a high priority for you and your family. Many families invest in ‘extras’ cover to protect themselves against the costs of health services that can unexpectedly blow the family budget. However, it’s important to know that most health insurance funds reset […]

Social Skills Camps: School holidays

Social Skills Camps give kids with unique needs the chance to learn and practice their social skills while having fun with peers. School holiday programs in Sydney's northern beaches

How to help your special needs child build better social skills

For children with learning and thinking differences, making connections with others can be difficult. As parents and teachers, it can be worrying to watch a child a child we care about struggle, because we know that friendships and feelings of belonging are vital to our kids’ learning, development and well-being. If your child, or a […]

Parent resources: How Manage Mean Kids and Playground Politics

It can be difficult to help your child to develop the social skills and resilience they need to cope with playground politics. As an adult, understanding how these skills develop in children may be helpful start as you parent your child. Equally, resources that you can use with your child to build their understanding of […]