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Reducing the Risk of Harm from Allergies with Empathy

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2014/02/04/reducing-the-risk-of-harm-from-allergies-with-empathy">Reducing the Risk of Harm from Allergies with Empathy</a>

The adorable first-day-at-school montages crowd my newsfeed on Facebook – little legs swimming in kaftan-sized uniforms, half a face emerging from under a too-big hat, tiny shoulders swallowed by cavernous backpacks. I love the end-of-day pictures the most – pigtails askew, shoe laces lying like puddles around bitumen-scuffed shoes, tired but happy smiles that say “I did it!” Read full article

8 Ideas - Helping Your Child Settle Into School

<a href="/articles/8-ideas-helping-your-child-settle-into-school">8 Ideas - Helping Your Child Settle Into School</a>

For some parents, it’s one of the hardest goodbyes – the day when you leave your five year old at primary school for the first time. It’s no easier when friends gloat about how well prepared their child was, and tell you all the tricks and hints they used to get them used to the idea of ‘big school’...Following are 8 tips to help your child settle at primary school – each of these alone or together will help you and your child ease into the new experience... Read full article

Parents Help Young Girls Develop a Positive Body Image

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/31/parents-help-young-girls-develop-a-positive-body-image">Parents Help Young Girls Develop a Positive Body Image</a>

Tonight I read some extracts from a UK School Health Education Unit report called “Young People Into 2011”. The headlines about the report tell us that about one third of primary school girls are missing their meals and are unhappy with their weight. I’m only a little surprised because there’s so much media coverage of teenage girls who are unhappy with their body image. Read full article

Primary School Students Forced to Visit Toilet at Same Time

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/08/12/primary-school-students-forced-to-visit-toilet-at-same-time">Primary School Students Forced to Visit Toilet at Same Time</a>

This morning I read an article in the Australian newspaper The Age about a primary school in Melbourne that had recently trialled an approach to students visiting the toilet during class time. According to the article, principal Dr Kim Dray explained that the trial was part of signalling "a new level of respect for the toilets in the school." Quoting an email, the article confirmed that the policy was aimed at a "long term and persistent problem of deliberate toilet vandalism". ...I was outraged when I read this - to me it seems like a solution from the early 20th century - where the whole class is punished for the toileting requirements of one child. Read full article

The World According to Kids

Book: The World According to Kids by Sally Collings. A book full of funny things children have said as well as children's wide-eyed philosophies about the world. Scattered with lovely illustrations, this book is filled with a sense of love for children and their thoughts. Read full article

How to Know When Your Child is Emotionally Ready for School

<a href="/articles/how-to-know-when-your-child-is-emotionally-ready-for-school">How to Know When Your Child is Emotionally Ready for School</a>

How do you know if your pre-school child will cope with the pressures of school? School is a big step - who will look after him when he falls over, who will help him open his lunchbox, who will remind him to go to the toilet? Suddenly your child is in a class of 25, in a school uniform, with expectations placed upon him that may be beyond his capabilities - will the teacher know that? The issue of school readiness is one that many parents are concerned about. Read full article

Thriving at School 2nd Edition

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/thriving-at-school-2nd-edition">Thriving at School 2nd Edition</a>

Book: Thriving at School by John Stewart and John Irvine. An accessible, practical guide to help parents develop their children's attitudes, values and good habits in the early school years, helping them to thrive as happy learners. The authors consider ways to help a child succeed in the classroom, be stimulated to learn, deal with difficulties in the playground, and get on well with others at school and at home. Read full article

Bully Blocking: Six Secrets to Help Children Deal with Teasing and Bullying

<a href="/parenting-resources/bullying/bully-blocking-six-secrets-to-help-children-deal-with-teasing-and-bully">Bully Blocking: Six Secrets to Help Children Deal with Teasing and Bullying</a>

Book: Bully Blocking: Six Secrets to Help Children Deal with Teasing and Bullying. This book offers practical advice to help parents and their children deal with bullies of all shapes, sizes and disguises, and also to assist families whose children bully. This revised and updated edition of the highly acclaimed 'Bullybusting', explains how parents and teachers can understand bullying, its causes and harmful consequences, and outlines what action to take in order to transform a child's attitudes. Read full article

Social Skills for Starting Primary School

<a href="/articles/social-skills-for-starting-primary-school">Social Skills for Starting Primary School</a>

Helping your child to develop the personal strengths and social skills they need to survive the transition to primary school. Julia Richardson talks to an experience pre-school teacher and outlines some tips to help your child meet the challenge of starting primary school. Read full article