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Tahlia Mandie is a psychotherapist, family counsellor and mum who runs her own private practice, Direction Exploring and now runs her own blog, The Parenting Files - because families matter. Discussing all things parenting and family matters to the serious stuff to the not so serious stuff, the parenting files is spoken with a little witt, quirk and humour. Tahlia also writes regular columns and articles for magazines, newspapers and other online forums. Links: Direction Exploring ; The Parenting Files
Leadership Skills to Empower Your Kids
Striving to Success - The First Steps
Balancing Study and Work - Tips for Your Teens
How To Help Your Teen Study Effectively
How Parenting Styles Influence Our Childrens Development
Helping Your Child Get Through Rough Patches
Kicking SMART Goals
Boosting Your Child's Self-Acceptance
How Passions and Interests Increase Motivation and Direction of Adolescents
Tutoring and Scholarship Exams
Going Back to School and Transition Tips
Summer School Holiday Tips
How to Help Your Teen Stay Focused For Exams
A New Year Begins: Time to Reflect
Helping Your Child When Friendships Go Wrong
How to Help Your Kids Through Exams
The How To's of Children's Emotions
Angie Wilcock After more than 20 years in teaching, Angie now focuses her attention on the needs of parents and students in the transition phases of education, initially targeting the primary to high school phase. She has presented at state conferences and worked directly with parents and students across Australia over the past four years, and in 2010 joined the Generation Next team - along with experts in their field such as Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Paul Dillon and Dr Andrew Fuller - presenting to parents nationally on issues of adolescent mental health and well-being. She is also an online adviser on the US website AllExperts. Link: HighHopes.com.au
Learning With Style: A Guide for Parents
Assignments: Don't Let Them Beat Your Kids
Transition to High School for Students AND Parents
Part Time Work - Life Skills for Teens
Surviving Beyond the First Week of School
I'll Start Tomorrow: Beating Procrastination
School Transitions: Parents Do Make a Difference
Kids and Research: Where Do I Start?
Transitioning to Secondary School - It's Like Walking a Tightrope!
Helen Davidson is a child therapist, parent coach and author of ‘The 4th ‘R’- Relationships, As Important as Reading, Writing and Arithmetic (available June 2011). Helen is the Creator of the Kidzmix Program, a social and emotional skills building program for primary school aged children. Helen is passionate about helping parents foster their child’s positive mental health through every day skill building. Link: www.kidzmix.com
Kids and Relationships: How to Join In
Kids and Relationships: "No You Can't Play"
Kids and Relationships: To Tease or Not to Tease
Kids and Relationships: Responding to Cruel Teasing
The Anxious Child: What Can Parents Do?
Making Friends at a New School: A Guide for Parents
Dr. Justin Coulson is the author of What Your Child Needs From You: Creating a Connected Family. He blogs at www.happyfamilies.com.au. Justin and his wife Kylie are the parents of 5 children.
Attention is the Currency of Family Relationships
Guiding Your Child Towards Problem Solving
Stopping the Bullies with Kindness
Ronit Baras is an international expert on parenting, an educator, a life coach, a journalist, an author and a public speaker. Links: Family Matters and The Motivational Speaker
Kids Making a Difference in Their World
Effective Reading and Comprehension for Kids
10 Things I Wish I Knew When I Was a Teen
Kids Need Friends: 10 Tips on How Parents Can Help
C.J. Simister As the Director of the innovative ‘Cognitive Development Programme’ at Northwood College, UK, Jane’s driving passion is to help children of all ages become more independent, more critical and more creative in their thinking. The author of two books, ‘How to teach thinking and learning skills: A practical programme for the whole school’ (SAGE: 2007) and ‘The Bright Stuff: Playful ways to nurture your child’s extraordinary mind’ (Pearson: 2009), Jane works with schools and parents in the UK and internationally, offering practical support and advice in raising children who are active, resourceful thinkers. Link: Future-Smart
Are Your Kids Ready to Face the Modern World?
Helping Your Kids to Think Independently
Teaching Your Kids To Take the Right Risks
Helping Your Child to Think Creatively
Dr. Peter West recently retired from the University of Western Sydney. His work on boys' education and men's health has received wide attention. Many of his writings can be found on his website Boys Learning. He now runs a consultancy, Educational Solutions. Link: BoysLearning.com.au
Single Sex is Best (Sometimes)
What Boys Dislike About School
Cyberbullying: What Parents Can Do
What Is It With Boys and Guns?
Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally renowned educator and award-winning author who is recognized for her practical, solution-based strategies to strengthen child’s behavior, self-esteem, character, and social development, and to build strong families. She is the author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. For more information about her work see www.micheleborba.com
Helping Your Kids Cope With Mistakes
10 Tips for Raising Moral Kids
Homework Tips for Parents to Maximise Learning
Nurturing Tolerance in Your Kids
Dr. Patricia Porter provides parents with information and advice on helping children reach their full learning potential. Take the first steps to your child's success absolutely free by downloading the free report '5 Mistakes Parents Make when Helping Children Learn... and How to Avoid Them!' at leading2learning.com
The 3M's - How You Influence Your Child's Learning
Supporting Your Child When s/he Falls Behind
7 Tips About Learning that Every Parent Should Know
Dr. Kristy Goodwin is the Director of Every Chance to Learn, an educational consultancy business, which offers a range of services to parents, students and teachers, including seminars for parents on practical ways they can support their child’s learning at home. Kristy is an experienced teacher, presenter and parent educator and is particularly interested in young children’s learning and development and the use of educational technologies to enhance learning. Link: www.everychancetolearn.com.au
Dealing with School Reports
Maths Made Easy for Parents
Is Handwriting Still an Important Skill for Kids?
Dr. Janet Hall is a psychologist, hypnotherapist, sex therapist, author, professional speaker, trainer, and media consultant. Jan consults regularly with print media and is a frequent guest on talk-back radio and current affairs shows. Link: drjanethall
Sex Education for Toddlers, Betweens, and Teens
Helping Your Child Overcome Fear and Anxiety
The Principles of Fight-free Families
Fay Prideaux is a teacher and freelance writer with a degree in Education and over 3 decades of experience in education in both Victoria and NSW. She currently teaches part time in a primary school in Sydney's south and teaches English as a second language in tertiary institutions across Sydney. Fay has trialled, developed, published and marketed a reading tutor program, Reading Rules. She has also had articles published regularly on parenting websites as well as in Australian Parents magazine.
10 Boredom Busters for a 'Hands On' School Holidays
Choosing a School: Dilemmas with Data
High School, Here We Come!
Jesper Juul - Jesper Juul is a family therapist and the founder of FamilyLab International. He is a renowned author and sought-after international speaker. Jesper Juul’s international best-seller and must-have book for parents and educators is now available in an Australian/New Zealand edition: “Raising competent children”. Published by rockpoolpublishing.com.au For more information about Jesper Juul and FamilyLab please visit familylab.com.au
Raising Competent Children
How to Speak, So Your Kids Want to Listen!
Andrew Lendnal is a financial author and educator. For several years he has been directly involved in helping children learn about money, has advised financial institutions on how best to encourage children to save, and has given seminars and workshops on the subject. His first book, is Budget Wise, Dollar Rich (with Anton Nadilo) and his newest book, Gold Start, helps parents to set up their children with great money habits for life. Link: Exisle Publishing
Allowances: To Give or Not to Give
Practical Money Lessons for Your Teen
Kylie Sturgess is an education research assistant at a Perth university and is currently completing her M.Ed at the University of Western Australia. She has taught secondary education for ten years and is a researcher of paranormal and pseudoscientific beliefs. Kylie is a podcaster for the top ten on iTunes science podcast 'The Skeptic Zone' and her articles and essays have been published in journals and magazines nationwide. Link: Podblack.com
Scholarships and Stress - Simple Strategies for Students
Books Teens Read - Which You Should Read Too!
Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM - incorporating Young Media Australia) supports families, industry and decision makers in building and maintaining a media environment that fosters the health, safety and wellbeing of Australian children. Link: YoungMedia.org.au
Too Much, Too Soon: Guiding Your Child Through a Sexualised World
Strategies for Parents Around Computers and Video Games
Analaura Luna is an author and wealth advisor with Your Family Your Money. Your Family Your Money is a financial resource centre dedicated to providing real life solutions for real families. The website and book series are all designed to provide easy-to-use, practical, and effective tools, resources and strategies for Australian families, giving them everything they need to create the wealth and security they deserve. Your Family Your Money’s goal is to simplify traditionally complex financial strategies, demystify financial jargon and debunk common financial myths, becoming every family’s first stop for financial advice, information and inspiration. Link: Your Family Your Money
Teaching Kids About Good Money Management
Unprotected Text: The New Worry for Parents of Teenagers
Sarah Napthali is a mother of two young boys who tries to apply Buddhist teachings in her daily life. She is also the author of Buddhism for Mothers, Buddhism for Mothers with Lingering Questions, and Buddhism for Mothers of Schoolchildren. Her latest book is Buddhism for Parents on the Go. Since the children started school, Sarah is very pleased to report that she manages to meditate (almost) daily.
Keeping Calm with Kids Frantic Schedules
How Parents on the Go Can Minimise Stress
Dr. Wayne Warburton is a lecturer in developmental psychology with the Department of Psychology and is the Deputy Director of the Children and Families Research Centre at Macquarie University (Sydney). Wayne is also a registered psychologist, and is a consumer representative on the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman’s governing council. He has a number of publications in scientific journals and books, primarily on topics around aggressive behaviour. Link: Macquarie University Research Staff
How Kids Can Learn From Current Events
9 Tips for Modelling Healthy Media Habits in Your Kids
Mathew Green is a primary school teacher who runs mycents, an online financial literacy resource, encouraging young people to make sound and educated financial decisions. Link: www.mycents.com.au
Financial Discipline: 'I Want it (Not) Now'
Career Time: Thinking Ahead
Jayneen Sanders - Jayneen Sanders is an author, teacher and mother. She is the author of Some Secrets Should Never Be Kept and writes under the name of Jay Dale for the literacy series ‘Engage Literacy’. Jay has a new set of books out called the ‘Wonder Words’ which teaches the first 100 sight words through story. www.somesecrets.info - www.engageliteracy.com.au
8 Body Safety Skills Every Parent Should Teach Their Child
10 Tips for Learning the First 100 Sight Words
Dr. Martha Heineman Pieper is the author of the 2012 release Mommy, Daddy, I Had A Bad Dream! She is the co-author with William J. Pieper, M.D. of the bestselling parenting book, Smart Love: The Comprehensive Guide to Understanding, Regulating, and Enjoying Your Child. Her work is the inspiration for Smart Love Family Services (www.smartlovefamily.org) which provides a broad spectrum of services to children and families.
Teaching Children to Put Bad Dreams to Rest
Maureen Fegan is the Director of the NSW Early Childhood Road Safety Education Program at Macquarie University. The program’s mission is to achieve improvement in young children's safety and develop safe community attitudes to road use. Link: www.kidsandtraffic.mq.edu.au.
Teaching Your Kids the Fundamentals of Road Safety
Marika Spaseska - Marika Spaseska is an Australian author and a 17-year veteran in the field of social work. Moved into action by her niece’s experiences with bullying in school, Spaseska wrote ‘The Cardboard Girl: Gives Bullying the Flick’ : http://thecardboardgirl.com/
Boosting Kidpower to Stop Bullying
Paul Whitehead - Paul Whitehead commenced his educational vocation as a volunteer educator, touring in India, South-East Asia, New Zealand and Australia for six years. He moved into structured education in the 1990s where he has worked as an English, Literature and Drama teacher; Senior Administrator and Dean of Curriculum within the independent schooling sector. Paul has also developed a range of courses for external providers in the Creative Industries and he operates an online resource for Western Australian Educators. www.theteacherlounge.wordpress.com
20 Things a Teacher Would Like Parents To Know
Heather McAllister - Heather McAllister is a philosophical counsellor specialising in life-direction guidance for teenagers and adults. She is the author of the new book 'Who You Are Is What You Do' (Wilkins Farago $29.99), now available at all good book stores or online at Wilkins Farago
Who You Are is What You Do: 9 Career Tips to Give Your Kids
Peter Macinnis - Peter Macinnis is an award-winning Sydney-based science and history writer. He has written many books including 'Australian Backyard Explorer', for which he won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Eve Pownall Award in 2010. www.members.ozemail.com.au/~macinnis/writing/index.htm
Nurturing a Sense of Wonder
Lynn Jenkins - Lynn Jenkins, BA (Hons), MPsych (Clin), is the author of Best Start – Understanding your baby’s emotional needs to create the best beginnings, www.exislepublishing.com.au
They Carry Us With Them: A Kindergarten Experience
Sharon Witt is a dynamic educator, author and speaker and has worked with thousands of young people across Australia. She has been a secondary teacher for over eighteen years, and has authored six books for young people including the best-selling 'Teen Talk' series. Link: Teen Talk International
Where Has My Child Gone: The Jekyll & Hyde Teen
Larelle Stagg is a primary school teacher focused on student wellbeing and special needs. She is also mother to 3-year old Jamie, a former HR Manager, and co-creator of www.livinglearningloving.com where she shares reflections on living a spiritual life with meaning.
Engaging Gen Z in a High-Tech World
Michael Bond is the Gifted and Talented Education Coordinator in the Junior School (K-6) at Oxley College and Vice President of the VAGTC. He has also worked as a Gifted and Talented Education Special Project Manager. He advocates for gifted education on the Teaching and Learning Committee at Oxley College and has assisted in the development of a Gifted and Talented Education Program at the College through serving on a Gifted and Talented Education Working Party. Link: www.vagtc.asn.au
How Can I Help My Gifted Child
Dr. Martyn Wild is a Cybersafety Expert and Education Researcher at La Trobe University and Director of SuperClubsPLUS Australia. SuperClubsPLUS Australia is the only age-verified and actively protected social learning network in Australia for young children, 6-12 years (with upwards of 200,000 members globally and over 75,000 now in Australia). SuperClubsPLUS is an safe alternative to the wider-known social networks and actively encourages and stimulates children to practice how to be, and how to keep, safe online at all times.
Social Networks for Kids - Just How Safe is Your Child, Really?
Ryan Chadwick is a Creativity Consultant and is passionate about bringing out the creative ability of as many people as he can. He is the founder of CreativityGames.net, a resource providing games, challenges and resources to encourage everyone to be more creative. It is based on his experience teaching at University of Technology, Sydney and working in the Department of Eduction and Training NSW. Ryan is happy to answer any queries you may have regarding your kids creativity and can be contacted at email@example.com
How Parents Can Inspire Creative Thinking
Fay Tran is a specialist literacy teacher with over 25 years experience in helping children of all abilities with their learning difficulties. Fay has just retired from one of Victoria's top schools, Geelong Grammar. 'Teaching Kids to Read' represents the fruit of a lifetime's passion for literacy. Link: Publisher
Basic Phonics Skills That Parent Can Teach
Dr. Laurie Kramer is the Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the University of Illinois. She is also a Professor of Applied Family Studies in the Department of Human and Community Development at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Kramer was the founding Director of the Family Resiliency Center at the University of Illinois, initiatives which are aimed at enhancing the well-being of children, youth, and families. Link: Brothers and Sisters
Helping Your Kids to Get Along
Robert Milardo is Professor of Family Relations at the University of Maine. He is the author of The Forgotten Kin: Aunts and Uncles published by Cambridge University Press. The book is based upon interviews with over 100 aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews in Wellington, New Zealand, and Bangor, Maine, USA.
Uncles and Aunts: The Other Family
Margaret Sgouros is an experienced classroom teacher. She conducts Ifkids Seminars in Sydney to offer extra support to parents for their Years 5 - 7 Children children. The Seminars take place on selected Sundays and/or during the school holidays.. For more information on Ifkids Seminars, visit www.ifkids.com.au
Emotional Intelligence for Happy Kids
Lisa Cox Prior to writing 'Does my bum look big in this ad?' Lisa Cox spent about a decade working and studying in various facets of the media industry. Lisa now shares her first-hand insight with school students to promote positive role models, encourage a healthy body image, strengthen self-esteem and improve media literacy. You’ll find more information about Lisa’s unique story at www.LisaCoxPresents.com
Your Kids, Pop Culture, and Body Image
Maggie Hamilton is a writer, teacher and publisher. She is a keen observer of social trends, giving regular talks, lectures and workshops throughout Australia and New Zealand. Maggie Hamilton's books include: 'What's Happening To Our Girls?', based on two years research into the twenty-first century lives of girls, and now the companion book 'What's Happening to Our Boys?', which puts the lives of our boys under the microscope, uncovering the issues they struggle with, and how they can be supported. Link: www.maggiehamilton.org
What's Happening to Our Boys?
Helen Deffenbacher is co-author with her grandkids Justin and Alexis of the book, Green Philanthropy For Families: 160 Simple Earth Honoring Gifts, Actions, Activities and Projects. It’s based on the interactive website: www.greenphilanthropyforfamilies.org. You can share a green philanthropy idea for their next book at this website.
What Kids can Learn from Green Philanthropy
Lenore Skenazy is a parent, columnist and author of the book ‘Free Range Kids’. She is founder of the blog, www.freerangekids.com . She has appeared on the Today Show, NPR, MSNBC and Fox News.
Free Range Learning for Raising Capable Kids
Drew Cossar is the Australian Distributor of Kids Watch. Kids Watch provides a comprehensive, yet simple suite of options, including monitoring so parents may interact with their children and discuss appropriate and safe online behaviour. Drew has been involved in the IT industry for 30 years and is passionate about utilising technology to make our lives easier and simpler. Link: www.kidswatch.com or email link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Using Monitoring Software to Help Kids With Appropriate Online Behaviour
Dr. Suzy Green Dr Suzy Green, D.Psyc.(Clin.), is a Clinical and Coaching Psychologist based in Sydney. Suzy is a leader and pioneer in Coaching Psychology and Positive Psychology having conducted a world-first study on evidence-based life coaching. She is the co-founder of the Positive Psychology Institute providing clinical, counselling and coaching services for individuals and organisations (www.positivepsychologyinstitute.com). Link: Dr.Suzy
Accentuating the Positive! Embracing the Science of Well-Being for Happy Kids
Linda Perlman Gordon and Susan Morris Shaffer are the authors of 'Why Boys Don't Talk: and Why it Matters', 'Why Girls Talk: and What They're Really Saying' and 'Mom, Can I Move Back In With You?' As a result, they have spoken to parent groups and educators nationally, and have been the subject of numerous interviews on radio, television and articles in print. Link: ParentingRoadMaps.com
Mothers and Daughters: What is Too Close for Comfort?
Greg Smith is an author, money commentator, economist and financial expert with over twenty five years of financial services experience. In recent years, Greg has focused on providing wealth creation and financial education, during which time he has authored 16 books and has become a well respected financial media commentator, writer and keynote presenter. Link: KidsMoney.com.au
Teaching Kids About Money
Paul O'Shannassy is a specialist consultant with Regent Consulting, providing expert independent advice about choosing a school. Their unique service ensures that parents make an informed decision about their childrens future. Link: RegentConsulting.com.au
Choosing the Right School
Pam Richmond Champagne delivers dynamic parent workshops for sports organizations and private sports parent coaching based on her effective model, “The 8 Winning Practices for Parenting your Athlete.” To learn more about her program and receive FREE tips, visit her site at ParentingAthletes.com
Winning is Great But it's Not the Goal
Dr Natalie Knoesen is a psychologist and coordinator of the research program at St Vincent’s Mental Health, Melbourne. Dr Knoesen has a special interest in the area of body image and related psychiatric disorders and currently manages the body image research agenda at St Vincent’s Mental Health, Melbourne.
Let's Talk Body Image
Robyn Treyvaud is Specialist Consultant: Internet and Technology Safety at the Centre for Strategic Education. CybersafeKids: Robyn Treyvaud Resources CybersafeKids.com.au.
Keeping Safe in Cyberspace
Stephen Crabbe is a writer, teacher and musician based in Western Australia. He has held positions in public, private and Catholic schools across two States, and spent some time teaching English in China.
Languages and Music - Natural Partners in Education