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Fire Alarms are Scary - a Child's Perspective

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/08/27/fire-alarms-are-scary-a-childs-perspective">Fire Alarms are Scary - a Child&#039;s Perspective</a>

Last week, the fire alarm went off in our apartment building. It was incredibly loud and didn't let up. The kids were getting ready to have their bath when it happened. My husband and I looked at each other and took a few moments to register what was happening...Mr 6 has been growing up so quickly lately, asking increasingly mature questions and showing great resilience. So it surprised me when he became panicked ... Read full article

Teacher Resource for Young Children Learning Emotional Intelligence

<a href="/articles/teacher-resource-for-young-children-learning-emotional-intelligence">Teacher Resource for Young Children Learning Emotional Intelligence</a>

The Bear Cards ® are designed to be an easy and fun way of building emotional intelligence in children. An effective and entertaining teacher and resource, also for parenting, the eye catching set of 48 cards depicts Bear experiencing a wide range of emotions, and invites conversations about feelings that children sometimes don’t have the language or opportunity to discuss. Could a set of cards with a bear on them really build emotional intelligence, you ask? Read full article

Tuning Into Kids - Parent Education Courses

<a href="/articles/tuning-into-kids-parent-education-courses">Tuning Into Kids - Parent Education Courses</a>

Starts 8 March - online via webinars. Tuning in to Kids is a parent education course that aims to give you helpful ways of teaching your child the skills of emotional intelligence. The program teaches you about how you, as a parent, can help your child develop good emotional skills. Developed by Dr Sophie Havighurst and Anne Harley, auspiced by the University of Melbourne,it is a group parenting program that helps parents teach children to understand and regulate their emotions. Read full article

Sibshops - Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs

<a href="/parenting-resources/illness-and-injury/sibshops-workshops-for-siblings-of-children-with-special-need">Sibshops - Workshops for Siblings of Children with Special Needs</a>

"Sibshops" is a guidebook for organising and conducting workshops for siblings of children with a broad variety of special needs. These workshops provide children and young adults with much-needed social and emotional support from their peers in a recreational and fun atmosphere. They can speak openly about how they feel (positively and negatively) about having a brother or sister with special needs in an understanding and supportive environment. Read full article

National Children's Commissioner - A Champion for our Children

<a href="/articles/national-childrens-commissioner-a-champion-for-our-children">National Children&#039;s Commissioner - A Champion for our Children</a>

Opinion: Many would agree that Australia is, in so many ways, a great place to be a child. Many children have positive experiences and opportunities. Why then, does Australia need a National Children's Commissioner? Why should we welcome the announcement of the establishment of a commissioner as a major step forward in ensuring the best interests, needs and rights of all Australian children? Read full article

The Parent's Toolkit

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-parents-toolkit">The Parent&#039;s Toolkit</a>

A book containing simple tools to help your child be happier, confident and more resilient. Written by Naomi Richards, a life coach for children in the UK, sharing tools to help you parent your child through the ten most challenging issues all children face. Includes topics such as confidence, cooperation, school, communication, friendships and handling emotions. Read full article

A Quick Guide to the Gonksi Review of Funding for Schooling

<a href="/articles/a-quick-guide-to-the-gonksi-review-of-funding-for-schooling">A Quick Guide to the Gonksi Review of Funding for Schooling</a>

Review of Funding for Schooling – Final Report (commonly called the Gonski Review) examines the school funding system in Australia and makes a set of recommendations to the federal, state and territory governments. This snapshot will provide you with a summary of some of the significant changes recommended by the expert panel. Read full article

How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child's Brain

<a href="/articles/how-supportive-parenting-impacts-your-childs-brain">How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child&#039;s Brain</a>

The importance of parental love and warmth to children’s emotional wellbeing is widely accepted. It makes sense that a loving childhood may protect children from developing mental illnesses later in life. A recent study by experts at Washington University illustrates why good parenting skills and parent wellbeing is so important that it can even affect the size of an important part of our brain – the hippocampus. Read full article

How Brain Science Can Help Parents Understand Teen Behaviour

<a href="/articles/how-brain-science-can-help-parents-understand-teen-behaviour">How Brain Science Can Help Parents Understand Teen Behaviour</a>

Breakthroughs in neuroscience can help us better parent the teens in our lives. They may tower over us physically and be our intellectual match, but teenagers have brains that are very much a work in progress. This informative article gives parents a guide to the changes happening in the teen brain and explains their connections to teenage behaviour. Read full article

Seven Things to Never Ask Your Tween or Teen

<a href="/articles/seven-things-to-never-ask-your-tween-or-teen">Seven Things to Never Ask Your Tween or Teen</a>

Toxic parent communication stoppers that are guaranteed to turn teens off – and your better response to keep them talking. Let’s face it, talking with an adolescent can be like walking through a minefield. At any moment you could be asking what you thought was a simple, sincere question only to find it triggering an explosive response ... Here are seven things you should avoid asking an adolescent because they are guaranteed to be big “turn offs” and how to pose those trickier questions another way so you’re more likely to get a better response from your kid (or at least keep her standing in the same room with you). Read full article