Teach Your Kids

Teach Your Kids

Teach Your Kids

Educating our children in today’s environment presents many challenges for parents.

As well as taking part in formal schooling, programs and activities, how do we prepare our children for today’s world?

This section is a how-to for parents, offering parenting help, information and resources on many of the issues we face today.  This section aims to arm parents with tools on helping our kids to learn, teaching them about life issues, and providing for their well-being.

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A Guide to Building Your Child’s Confidence and Self-Esteem

Girl on Hammockby Dr Cathrine Neilsen-Hewett     There are many sides to your child’s self-esteem. Children may feel good about one aspect of themselves but not so good about another.  Feelings about their performance at school, ability to make friends, physical appearance, behaviour, sporting ability, whether or not they wet the bed – all contribute toward their overall self-worth.  ...read more »

How to Teach Your Kids to Save Energy

Energy Bulb Boyby the Editor     Saving energy and saving money should not be up to parents alone. Your kids can also learn to contribute in keeping the electric bills down. Teaching kids how to save energy can take a bit of time and effort up front, but once you get them on board, you may find that they are the best energy savers in your household!  ...read more »

Book: Words Get Knotted

Words Get KnottedWords Get Knotted
Author: Pippa Sweeney


Dyslexia is a difficulty with words that is often misunderstood and sometimes unrecognised.  If your child has dyslexia then this book will help them to understand their own word difficulties and to teach their family and friends about it too!

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How to Build Confidence in Your Child

Confident Kidsby Andrew Fuller     Confidence is one of the most powerful, and one of the most elusive, qualities that creates success in life.  ...read more »

Safe Partying Guide for Young People

Safe Partying GuideThe Australian Drug Foundation (ADF) has developed a ‘Safe partying guide for young people’.   TheADF is a not-for-profit organisation working to prevent the harm of alcohol and other drugs across the country. The new guide helps young people - specifically those aged 10-17 years - to deal with alcohol sensibly at parties.  ...read more »

Tackling Binge Drinking Campaign

The Australian Preventative Health Agency has just launched the Be The Influence – Tackling Binge Drinking Campaign, aimed at 16-24 year olds.  ...read more »

Keeping Your Child Engaged For Success at School

Primary school girl in classroomby the Editor     New research at Menzies Research Institute Tasmania has found children's engagement with schooling, above and beyond their academic performance at school, predicts their level of education and occupation as adults.  ...read more »

Food a Tasty Addition to the Australian Curriculum

June 2013    A new $1.5 million Government school program aims to correct students’ misconceptions about food including things like ‘yoghurt comes from trees’.  ...read more »

Helping Your Child Respond to Social Pressures at Any Age

Pre-teens smilingby the Editor     Teenagers are risk-takers — they’re more likely than children or adults to experiment with illicit substances, have unprotected sex, and drive recklessly. But research shows that teenagers have the knowledge and ability to make competent decisions about risk, just like adults. So what explains their risky behavior?  ...read more »

Why Parents Should Encourage Early Maths Skills

Learning Numbersby the Editor     Beginning first-graders who understand numbers, the quantities those numbers represent, and low-level arithmetic will have better success in learning mathematics through the end of fifth-grade, and potentially throughout the rest of their lives.  ...read more »

Book: Beating the Bullies

Beating the BulliesBeating the Bullies
Author: Lucy Blunt


Ben is being bullied at school. There is a group of boys who kick him, shove him and call him names. But how can he tell his parents? Will they understand? And what if he tells them and it just gets worse? Designed for 7-11 year old boy and girl readers, this book is both a children's chapter book novel and a resource for parents and teachers.

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Beating the Bullies: A Guide for Parents

Serious schoolgirlby Dr. Lucy Blunt Often children do not let their parents know there is a problem.  Once the parents find out however, they usually have a very strong protective reaction. This can range from wanting to thump the bully (dads often feel like this) to wanting to confront the bully's parents,  ...read more »

Let's Read Campaign

Families across Australia will be encouraged to share books, songs and rhymes with their young children every day as part of the national Let’s Read Early Literacy Campaign.  ...read more »

Family Dinners Nourish Mental Health in Adolescents

March 2013      Regular family suppers contribute to good mental health in adolescents, according to a study co-authored by McGill professor Frank Elgar, Institute for Health and Social Policy. Family meal times are a measurable signature of social exchanges in the home that benefit adolescents’ well-being – regardless of whether or not they feel they can easily talk to their parents.  ...read more »

Etiquette to the Rescue!- Manners for Kids

Flowerts thanks mumby Marina Passalaris     “The hardest job kids today face is learning good manners without seeing any.” – Fred Astaire...  In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven society where emails and texts have largely replaced face-to-face interactions and rude behavior such as people texting at the dinner table are increasingly  ...read more »

Book: Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon

Lazing on a Sunday CrafternoonLazing on a Sunday Crafternoon
Author: Eliza Muldoon

Lazing on a Sunday Crafternoon is a collection of 52 blissfully simple craft ideas to make with a child helper. This beautiful book will have you creating delightful things out of everyday household items using nothing more than your own time and ingenuity.  ...read more »

Seven Benefits of Craft Projects for Kids & Families

Craft beads in handby Eliza Muldoon I embarked on regular crafting sessions with my daughter Lotte after delivering a series of lectures about art making and creativity at UNSW College of Fine Arts. During one of the lectures I realised that despite my passionate ramblings about the potential benefits of art making and creativity on individuals and their communities, I hadn’t made room for creative projects in our family’s life.  ...read more »

Safety First

Safety First provides a range of First Aid courses & workshops to the community.  They work with a variety of people in the community, and also work with new mums and the Early child years sectors.  Safety First have a kids & parents corner on their website.  ...read more »

Online Viruses Worse than Cyber Safety Issues?

February 2013     New research from Optus has revealed that one in five parents have never discussed cyber safety with their children.  When it comes to online security, parents of school aged children have a range of concerns.  Parents’ apprehension relates to a variety of potential threats with seven in ten citing computer viruses as their biggest concern, ahead of security of personal details, stranger danger and peer-to-peer bullying:  ...read more »

Actionable Ways to Teach Children Finances

Fistful of dollarsby Daniel Schuler     Teaching financial responsibility to your children need not be a chore for anyone involved. Incorporating lessons about finances into age-appropriate games, careful administration of an allowance and seizing teaching moments as you lead your own life all serve to instill financial prudence.  ...read more »

Stopping the Bullies With Kindness

Mother Daughter Closenessby Dr. Justin Coulson     More than two thirds of girls under the age of 10 are bullied, according to a study recently completed by the Girl Guides Association of Australia. And according to a report in the SMH "68 per cent [of children] aged between five and nine report[ed] that that they had been bullied, many of them online." So it’s not just girls that are copping it.  ...read more »

Talking Ethics with Kids - The Fishhook Method

Fishing Father Sonby Michael Parker     We all spend so much time being busy with our children that sometimes the big conversations fall right away. By the time we have done the dinner, helped out with the homework, baked the cake for the school’s charity drive and generally kept the ship of state afloat, the end of the night can roll around without any actual conversation having happened with your children.  ...read more »

Simple Tips to Reduce Back to School Stress

Primary School Girlby the Editor Getting to know your children’s friends, helping out at school and practising school-day routines with young children will help families manage the back to school period and throughout the school year, according to Australia’s first charity The Benevolent Society.  ...read more »

Transitioning to Secondary School - It's Like Walking a Tightrope!

Balancing Books Girlby Angie Wilcock Do you look at your young son or daughter and wonder who they are? Are they preparing for the big move to high school and you are wondering how they will cope with new friends, new environment, new teachers, new and different subjects, more homework....and they're not really talking to you?  ...read more »

Book: The Transition Tightrope

The Transition TightropeThe Transition Tightrope
Author: Angie Wilcock

The transition phase from primary to secondary school is a time of massive personal, physical, psychological and social change. Not only is it a difficult time for the young adolescent, but it is also a challenging time for parents, teachers and anyone working with young people experiencing such substantial changes in their lives.  ...read more »