How to help your child speak confidently to adults

By Kasey Lloyd, Youthrive Psychologist   Why do some children find it easy to converse with family friends, professionals, and strangers while others struggle to whisper ‘hello’? Some researchers suggest we are born with different temperaments, while others suggest that… Continue Reading >

School Readiness and what you need to know.

The decision about when your child should start school can be a hard one to make. Many people think that being school ready means that your child must know how to read and write but these skills are often secondary… Continue Reading >

Helping Children Overcome Worry

I remember growing up I was what you’d call a “worry wart” because I’d worry about all sorts of trivial things. But today that’s not the case. I actually worry about very little! In fact, now you could call me… Continue Reading >

Ways to Help out the Grandparents who Help with Regular Childcare

  Written by Alice Zsembery The coming of a New Year for parents of preschoolers signifies many things; a start (or new room) at childcare, negotiation of days at work and/or juggling kinder hours. For so many of us, this… Continue Reading >

Handling “Those Looks” When You Have Fussy Kids at Christmas Gatherings

As a parent with a fussy eater, you have no doubt been served up your fair share of common-wisdom-but-oh-so-wrong advice when it comes to managing your child’s fussy eating behaviour. And as I have written about here for Kiddipedia previously,… Continue Reading >

I think my child has a mental health condition – what should I do?

By Haylea Hodges, Youthrive Psychologist   Do not panic! Mental health conditions are quite common and are present in around one in seven children aged 4-17 years. Some of the most common mental health conditions that children present with include… Continue Reading >

TWINS AND MULTIPLES – 5 tips to help you cope

Did you just find out you will be having twins, or triplets or more???  If so, congratulations!!!  Your life is about to change, and to be honest, it won’t all be easy.  But it isn’t also going to be as… Continue Reading >

Where did I put my magic wand?

Helping parents with their family challenges. A Psychologist’s Perspective Life can be challenging, and many parents find that out early on: a crying baby, lack of sleep, toddler tantrums, your child is bullied, teenage dramas, kids not listening? For the… Continue Reading >

Bringing back community, connectedness

  As a mum, we tend to be always juggling things in the air, til we can’t. When we can’t any more, we have to look to our tribe, our village of people around us; to help us when we… Continue Reading >

How to Meet the Challenges of Special Needs Parenting

It can be hard to manage the needs of a child with a disability or diagnosis. Regardless of your situation, the condition(s) you’re managing and the support available to you, being a special needs parent is one tough gig. As… Continue Reading >