Sleeping Difficulties

Sleeping difficulties in children are not uncommon,(1) and we know what a lack of sleep can do to us. It makes everyone more irritable and sensitive.(2) It reduces our ability to provide the care we want due to being too… Continue Reading >

Rules for Resiliency

Resilience is defined as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties, toughness. This characteristic is critical for today’s children because they are being exposed to so many traumatic events and challenging circumstances. These occurrences are making resiliency become an even… Continue Reading >

Helping first time mums, who were actually Stepmums first! Tips for getting through those 9 months and beyond.

Parenting is full of changes. Step parenting is full of challenges. Becoming a mum is full of challenges. No matter how prepared you think you are for it having been a stepparent, there are challenges and issues that you cannot… Continue Reading >

Why do some kids regress in times of crisis?

By Robert McKenzie, Youthrive Psychologist   Have you noticed your child taking steps backwards in their development during COVID-19? Maybe there’s more moodiness, baby talk, potty accidents or sleep disruption than usual. Know that regression is temporary, and common in… Continue Reading >

Do’s and don’t for the grandparents of Fussy Eaters

Hands up if you think feeding grandchildren is a bit of a minefield! Do you agree with your daughter-in-law’s choice of foods? Are you happy to be told what to serve? Believe it or not, parents also can find it… Continue Reading >

Easy Ways to Entice Your Kids to Embrace Better Health

Way back when I was a kid, I never understood the value of physical activity, exercise or fitness…. I never grasped the critical importance of nutritious food to fuel my body…. and I certainly never learned my ‘physical worth’ from… Continue Reading >

How cooking can help children with anxiety

By Chris Dickson, Youthrive Psychologist   Today, children are growing up in a whole new world. The boom in technology means that children are facing a lot of new difficulties that their parents never grew up with. Children are now… Continue Reading >

5 Common misinterpretations of kids’ mealtime behaviour.

Can you tell what their facial expressions and gestures mean?   I recently went to a conference on “parenting for resilience”  given by Professor Louise Newman, Director of the Centre for Women’s Mental Health at the Royal Women’s Hospital. One… Continue Reading >

A fish out of water. Is it happening to my child?

Sarah Smith, APD, Bayside Dietetics   “Never feed him a lot. Never more than a spot! Or something may happen. You never know what.” Mr Carp gave this advice to a boy who bought Otto the fish from his… Continue Reading >

What parents really want to know – 3 tips for improving your child’s behaviour.

Over the years, I have heard and seen many parents share their difficulties, concerns and challenges.  The biggest concerns are often around children and their emotions.  This often looks like tantrums, “losing it” and “meltdowns”.  Sometimes, this situation is related… Continue Reading >