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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

Why BFFs - Best Friends 'Forever' - are Good for Children

<a href="/articles/why-bffs-best-friends-forever-are-good-for-children">Why BFFs - Best Friends &#039;Forever&#039; - are Good for Children</a>

Anyone helped through hard times by a close friend knows how much that support meant to them, but do close childhood friendships play an important role in long-term emotional development? Dr William Bukowski, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Canada, has researched how experiences with close peers affect a child’s social competence and wellbeing. His research indicates that friendships have a protective impact on our children’s emotional wellbeing by affecting how a child’s brain deals with stress immediately after a negative event. Read full article

Do You Know Your Neighbour's Name?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/04/17/do-you-know-your-neighbours-name">Do You Know Your Neighbour&#039;s Name?</a>

Scanning the news this morning I came across a very sad article about a 36 year old single mum who suddenly died during an epileptic seizure in Wagga Wagga, leaving her two year old daughter alone in the house. Miraculously, the two year old survived for about five days until a church pastor decided to check on the small family and found the daughter near to death herself. ...Sometimes life throws you a clue to make a change. Read full article

Finding Friends Can Sometimes Mean Losing Friends

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2012/03/07/finding-friends-can-sometimes-mean-losing-friends">Finding Friends Can Sometimes Mean Losing Friends</a>

Are there any kids at your school that you’re glad your own children aren’t friends with? Do you keep an eagle-eye on the friends your child does make and, well, judge the friend just a little bit? Carol Duncan reminds her boys how to make, keep, and sometimes let go of, friends. Read full article

Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/19/wednesday-19-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Wednesday 19 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Bullying and Facebook ~ Surrogacy, Nicole Kidman ~ Friendship and Genetics ~ Obsessive Parenting ~ Queensland Schools After Floods ~ Attachment, Early Relationships & Happiness ~ Citizenship Education ~ Mathematics Education ~ Teenage Bullying and Suicide Read full article

We Can Get Along

<a href="/parenting-resources/making-friends/we-can-get-along">We Can Get Along</a>

Book: "We Can Get Along" by Lauren Payne. This book teaches essential skills - think before you speak or act, treat others the way you want to be treated - in a way that even very young children can understand. There is a focus on kindness and respect, tolerance and responsibility. Through pictures and words, this book promotes peaceful behaviours and positive conflict resolution. Read full article

For Children - Emotional Intelligence Means Being Smart with Your Feelings

<a href="/articles/for-children-emotional-intelligence-means-being-smart-with-your-feelings">For Children - Emotional Intelligence Means Being Smart with Your Feelings</a>

When I was a kid, no one taught me about feelings. Even when I took psychology in college I still didn’t learn why sometimes I felt angry or sad or worried or happy — and that I had a choice about my feelings. I noticed that I had different feelings, and other people did too. I noticed that sometimes I could get more of what I wanted by using the feelings that matched the situation, but a lot of the time it seemed like feelings were something that just happened to me...Emotional intelligence means being smart with feelings. This article includes three steps for being smarter about feelings. Read full article

Getting On With Others How to Teach Your Child Essential Social Skills

<a href="/parenting-resources/making-friends/getting-on-with-others-how-to-teach-your-child-essential-social-s">Getting On With Others How to Teach Your Child Essential Social Skills</a>

Book: Getting On With Others by John Cooper.Cooperative children do better at school and in life. They learn how to make friends, manage their emotions and solve problems with others. A book that shows parents how to teach their children social skills, problem solving and co-operative behaviour and how to help children learn about feelings and handle conflict. Read full article

How to Help Your Child Make Friends

<a href="/articles/how-to-help-your-child-make-friends">How to Help Your Child Make Friends</a>

Most parents worry about whether their child has enough friends or the right friends at school. Margie Sheedy writes about the important skill of making friends and shares some tips from Dr John Irvine. 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