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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

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

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

How Parents With Anxiety Can Help Their Children

<a href="/articles/how-parents-with-anxiety-can-help-their-children">How Parents With Anxiety Can Help Their Children</a>

“For parents who experience excessive worry and anxiety, their worry can often extend to worrying about their children or worrying about what other people think of their parenting or their child,” says Associate Professor Jennifer Hudson, from the Centre for Emotional Health and Department of Psychology Macquarie University. And because anxious parents often have anxious children, if you’re a parent and have been diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder, it’s a good idea to ask your therapist and doctor about your child’s risk of developing anxiety...reassurance comes from evidence that if parents are aware of their anxiety- related behaviours and participate in family therapy sessions, the potential for their children to develop anxiety may be reduced. Read full article

How to Silence the Parent's Inner Critic

<a href="/blogs/2012/11/05/how-to-silence-the-parents-inner-critic">How to Silence the Parent&#039;s Inner Critic</a>

Is your inner critic getting you down? You know: that little voice in the back of your head constantly telling you what a lousy parent you are. Every parent has one. It’s a stream of thoughts making up an endless real-time commentary on what you are thinking and doing, continuously pointing out and cataloging you deficiencies and weaknesses...So what do you do if your inner critic is getting out of hand? Read full article

Should I Worry About My Child's Tantrums?

<a href="/articles/should-i-worry-about-my-childs-tantrums">Should I Worry About My Child&#039;s Tantrums?</a>

Toddlers’ tantrums are exhausting for parents. Unsure of whether to ignore a tantrum, when to step in and calm a child, and dealing with judgemental stares from onlookers, parents with tantrum-prone toddlers often despair at the challenges they face. It is normal for young children to get very upset when they are frustrated, angry and disappointed and it is also very difficult for toddlers to calm down once they get very worked up. Northwestern University’s School of Medicine is developing a new assessment tool for paediatricians and parents called the Multidimensional Assessment of Preschool Disruptive Behavior (MAP-DB). The MAP-DB is intended to help parents find out if their child’s tantrums could be an indicator of other problems. Read full article

Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children

<a href="/articles/anniversaries-of-natural-disasters-anxiety-risks-for-children">Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children</a>

With anniversaries of the devastating 2011 summer of disasters returning tragic images to our screens, parents should consider the impact on children of repetition of these traumatic events. Australian Council on Children and the Media Vice President and child psychologist Dr C Glenn Cupit, says “parents would be wise to avoid exposing children to replays of footage of disasters.” Although children may not have physically experienced the traumatic event, exposure to disaster-related media “can leave children with lasting memories, the recall of which can create anxiety and stress.” Read full article

One in Twelve Teens Self Harm - Why, and Where to Get Help

<a href="/articles/one-in-twelve-teens-self-harm-why-and-where-to-get-help">One in Twelve Teens Self Harm - Why, and Where to Get Help</a>

With a new Australian study indicating that 1 in 12 adolescents self-harm, it’s important for parents and carers to keep informed about self-harm and what it can mean for their child ... Self-harm or self-injury refers to a person deliberately inflicting physical harm on themself to cope with or communicate their distress ...Why Do Children Self-Harm? Read full article

I Was Not a Shy Child

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/09/07/i-was-not-a-shy-child">I Was Not a Shy Child</a>

I’m quite an outgoing person – not a ‘raving extrovert’ but do I love meeting people, finding out all I can about them, telling them something (okay, a lot) about me, and I thrive in other people’s company. I love talking and chatting and debating – you might’ve already figured that out about me by now. But I don’t fit all the stereotypes of an extrovert ... One of our boys was quite a tentative young man when he was a toddler and young primary school student. Read full article

Facebook is Not a Safe Playground for Children

Children as young as 8 years old are seeing psychologists. Their parents say they are suffering anxiety as a result of being on Facebook; anxious about what friends are posting about them. I say parents need to remember that Facebook firstly is not allowed for children under 13, and importantly, it's not a safe place for children. Read full article