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5 Top Tips to Challenge Negative Self-Talk in Children

<a href="/articles/5-top-tips-to-challenge-negative-self-talk-in-children-0">5 Top Tips to Challenge Negative Self-Talk in Children</a>

Self-talk is comprised of the stories we tell ourselves about ourselves, and is sometimes called our ‘inner voice’. It influences our beliefs about who we are, how we fit in the world, and how we feel about ourselves. Persistent negative self-talk can lead to feelings of sadness and hopelessness, and when associated with feeling threatened in situations, people can also experience anxiety. With the onset of anxiety now estimated at 6 years of age, even very young children are feeling the social and emotional consequences of negative self-talk – social relationships and academic performance are known to suffer when negative self-talk is pervasive. happychild spoke with Dr Lauren McLellan, psychologist and clinical researcher at the Centre for Emotional Health, to get her recommendations on what parents and carers can do to challenge negative self-talk in children. Read full article

Grants Available for Programs to Prevent Bullying - Australia

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/07/26/grants-available-for-programs-to-prevent-bullying-australia">Grants Available for Programs to Prevent Bullying - Australia</a>

Youth Minister Kate Ellis has announced today that school bullying and cyber-bullying will be targeted in this year’s $500,000 Federal Government youth grants program. Offering grants of up to $70,000 under the Youth Development and Support Program for projects aimed at developing leadership skills and encouraging cyber-safety and anti-bullying behaviour in communities, this is a welcome initiative. Read full article

Snoring in Children – Is it Time to See Your Doctor?

<a href="/articles/snoring-in-children-%E2%80%93-is-it-time-to-see-your-doctor">Snoring in Children – Is it Time to See Your Doctor?</a>

There is a well-established connection between children’s breathing disorders during sleep and behavioural problems but recently published research from the University of Arizona has again highlighted the need for parents to identify their children’s sleep breathing problems as early as possible...The Arizona study found there was a four to five times greater risk of children with sleep apnea having behavioural issues. Read full article

Australia Gets a B Minus on Report Card - Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians

<a href="/articles/australia-gets-a-b-minus-on-report-card-health-and-wellbeing-of-young-australians">Australia Gets a B Minus on Report Card - Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians</a>

This morning at Parliament House Canberra, Ms Elaine Henry OAM, Chairperson of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) launched ARACY's second Report Card on the Wellbeing of Young Australians. Describing Australia as "middle of the road" when it comes to children's health and wellbeing in Australia, the Report Card identifies areas of concern in areas such as child poverty, infant mortality, and youth participation in education and employment. Speaking at the launch, Dr Norman Swan, also a board member of ARACY highglighted income inequality and early childhood education as significant areas of deficit in Australia's policy and practice. Read full article

Sticks and Stones do Hurt - To This Day Video

This video is poetry, art, music - a performance piece powerfully demonstrating the lasting effects of bullying on a child. Take the time ... think what actions you can take ... to reduce bullying, to support children, and to just be there for the kids that need you. Read full article

Sticks and Stones do Hurt - To This Day Video

This video is poetry, art, music - a peformance piece powerfully demonstrating the lasting effects of bullying on a child. Take the time ... think what actions you can take ... to reduce bullying, to support children, and to just be there for the kids that need you. Read full article

UNICEF Kit Helps Children Talk about Natural Disasters

<a href="/articles/unicef-kit-helps-children-talk-about-natural-disasters">UNICEF Kit Helps Children Talk about Natural Disasters</a>

Floods, fire and earthquakes are events that many Australian and New Zealand children experience in their lifetime. And children all over the developing world also frequently experience trauma as a result of natural disasters. UNICEF Australia's chief executive officer, Dr Norman Gillespie, spoke about the recent Queensland and NSW floods and Tasmanian bushfires when releasing UNICEF's new information kit on talking to children about natural disasters. The kit can be downloaded for free. Read full article

New Smartphone App to Help Find Missing Children

<a href="/articles/new-smartphone-app-to-help-find-missing-children">New Smartphone App to Help Find Missing Children</a>

This information will be of interest to so many parents. We are sharing a media release issued today by Australian Federal Police about a new smartphone application that would assist in locating missing children. Developed with the FBI the Australian Police Child ID application allows families to store photographs and vital information about their children on their mobile phone. In the devastating event that a child goes missing, this information can be immediately provided to authorities. Read full article

My Son Doesn't Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/11/27/my-son-doesnt-want-surprise-gifts-this-christmas">My Son Doesn&#039;t Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas</a>

This year, there will be no surprises at Christmas time for my six year old son. No, he hasn’t been a ‘naughty boy’ and therefore undeserving of Santa’s generosity. The reason my son will have no surprises is that he will choose all of his presents and be with us when we buy them, in November. They will then be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. Read full article

Effective Strategies to Prevent Teen Depression and Suicide

<a href="/articles/effective-strategies-to-prevent-teen-depression-and-suicide">Effective Strategies to Prevent Teen Depression and Suicide</a>

Untreated depression is one of the leading causes of teen suicide, and signs of depression can also be a warning that a teenager is contemplating suicide. In an article published this week in the quarterly journal, The Prevention Researcher, University of Cincinnati researchers described how positive connections can help offset these tragedies...The authors state that teen suicidal warning signs encompass three specific categories ... Read full article