5 Ways to Set ‘High Expectations’ Without ‘High Pressure’

Australian students are excelling when their teachers hold them to high expectations.

But in equal numbers, kids around the country are suffering from poorer mental health…

And it’s being largely attributed to mounting pressures at school.

But what’s the difference between high expectations and high pressure?

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How and Why Kids Need to Learn Resilience

Resilience, put simply, is the ability to respond positively to adversity.

It’s a term that was first extensively researched by developmental psychologist Norman Garmezy.

In his research he noticed particular children who — despite the odds — succeeded in the face of adversity.

Kids experiencing severe disadvantage or neglect…

Who would still flourish at school and in later life.

Before his study into resilience, psychologists often looked at adversity from the other side of the coin…

The short and long term detrimental impacts of negative or traumatic experiences.

And while dealing with such challenges after the fact is still an important focus of counselling…

Focusing on nurturing resilience from a young age offers a different service.

One that supports prevention, you might say, rather than ‘cure’.

So why do kids need to learn resilience? 

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School Readiness: What is the right age for your child?

In Victoria, kids must turn five before the 30th of April in their first year of school.

But even with these guidelines, many parents still struggle with whether they should hold their child back a year…

Or if they should start early.

In fact, a recent study showed that parents are suffering from excessive stress and anxiety over the decision!

It’s a concerning but not completely surprising finding…

The first year of a child’s schooling can set the path for their educational experience…

For better or worse.

So in this post, we’ll be addressing some of the implications of school starting age…

And how you can help pick the best path for your child.

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Last-minute Study Dos and Don’ts

VCE exams are in full swing!

And while most of the hard work has been done…

It’s not too late for students to work on improving their performance on the big days.

Encourage your kids to adopt some healthy and productive approaches to study in these last few weeks…

And avoid those things that may get in the way.

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7 Behaviour Management Tips for Every Parent

Kids will be kids!

And the notion of a perfectly behaved child — for most parents — is unrealistic.

But if your child’s behaviour is making things difficult for you or your family…

You may want to consider implementing some changes.

And the best place to start is at home.

There are many reasons a child may misbehave (which we’ll get to further on in this post), but for a start — start small.

Below are some easy ways you can try to regain some ‘law and order’ in your household, and improve the behaviour of your kids. 

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What Have Smart Phones Done to a Generation?

New research on teens and the effect of smartphones has been circulating around the internet…

And the findings are both surprising and somewhat disturbing.

They come from psychologist Jean M. Twenge, who has been researching generational differences for 25 years.

For the majority of her career, Twinge noted that these differences changed relatively naturally and modestly.

But in 2012, something changed.

‘I noticed abrupt shifts in teen behaviours and emotional states’, she explains. 

‘In all my analyses of generational data—some reaching back to the 1930s—I had never seen anything like it.’

So what happened in 2012, to instigate such a sharp change?

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9 Ways a Psychologist Can Help Children Reach Their Full Potential

Psychology ain’t what it used to be — and that’s a good thing!

Seeing a psychologist is no longer a “quiet secret” to be kept from friends and family.

And it’s certainly nothing to be ashamed of…

In fact, counselling (and educational coaching) is increasingly viewed as a healthy and effective way to address many common challenges that would otherwise prevent children from reaching their full potential.

So why can it be particularly beneficial for children?

Well, childhood is often a time when we’re most open and receptive to new ideas and different ways of looking at things.

Ok fair enough. but exactly how can a child benefit from seeing a psychologist?

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RCH National Health Poll: What Parents Need to Know About Childhood Mental Health

The Royal Children’s Hospital national health poll findings have just been released.

They shed a lot of light on how families with young children understand and deal with mental health issues…

And emphasise the importance of identifying the warning signs…

Of understanding the issues…

And of seeking out early intervention. 

Of the 2000 parents surveyed in the poll…

A third believed that mental health problems in kids will ‘work themselves out’ over time. 

About a quarter did not know that physical symptoms can be signs of mental health problems. 

And fewer than half felt confident about where they could get professional help. 

These numbers may seem surprising, as the proportion of children exhibiting mental health challenges is at an all-time high.

But the warning signs and symptoms of mental illness or emotional problems can be hard to identify.

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5 Ways Anxiety Harms Learning and 8 Things Parents Can Do to Help

There is an ‘epidemic of anxiety’ among Australian children.

And many experts are attributing this to increasing pressure at school.

But when it comes to school and anxiety – it can be a case of:

What came first, the chicken or the egg?

How and why childhood anxiety develops is not the most important issue at hand, though.

What’s important is that it’s identified and addressed as soon as possible.

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