Family Matters

Being a great dad

Modern dads want to be close to their kids. They want to know what’s going on in their kids’ lives and they want t... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

10 ideas for good mental health

This year make mental health a parenting priority. Kids with good mental health feel better, learn better and are better equip... Read more

5-10, 11-14

10 golden rules for parenting success

The requirements for effective parenting are changing rapidly. Here are 10 golden rules to guide you along your parenting jour... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

A mother like no other

Seventeen years ago, Cheryl Koenig was a typical young Sydney mum celebrating Mother’s Day with her husband Robert and t... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Embed Emotional Intelligence into your family’s life

The big challenge for parents is to embed the use of the Mood Meter into their family’s daily life, so that it becomes p... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

10 mindsets that will radically improve your parenting

The best intentions may not be enough to raise happy kids. Here are 10 mindsets to help you on the path to parenting success. ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Boyfriends, girlfriends or just friends?

With the early sexualisation of kids comes the possibility of attraction and an ensuing relationship. But what constitutes a... Read more

11-14, 14+

Emotional contagion

“Emotions spread faster than any disease. A smile or a panic will spread through a group of people far quicker than any ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Be one of the 10% of smart parents...please!

Are you one of the 90% of parents who don't, or the 10% who do? Discover if you are in the smart 10% who do... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Build up your frequent father points

The school holidays offer a great opportunity for the family to get together, but it also provides the chance for fathers to h... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Create your family brand

Branding is not just for the business world …families too, have their own brands, which project an image about how they... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Coping skills for parents

  Many parents seem to stay tired throughout all their children’s life stages, which strains family life and can ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Decontamination

Location has a strong influence on our communication Learn more in this video. Read more

5-10, 11-14

Fathering

There are seven great ideas for being an awesome dad presented by Michael in this five minute video. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Handling homework horrors

Homework causes more headaches and frusration for parents than it does for children. Some parents worry because their children... Read more

5-10, 11-14

Exploring the New Frontier in Parenting – Emotions

So what is this new frontier of parenting? Emotions are now recognised as an important part of the parenting landscape. Here a... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

10 parenting tips for school meetings

Conferences and meetings between parents and professionals offer an opportunity to discover a child’s progress; share in... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

15 lessons of experience for all parents

Here are 15 parenting lessons I’ve learned over my journey as a parenting educator.  Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Handling children's anger

Some kids (and some adults) blow their stack with the smallest provication. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Helping kids who struggle at school

Children who struggle at school are a huge concern for parents, Maggie Dent looks at ways to maximise their potential. Read more

5-10, 11-14

Developing independence

Independence is the basis of self-esteem and confidence. The parenting process is a continuous process of developing independe... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Step-parenting tips

Some great tips from Malcom Dix on making a blended family work, looks at issues of shared care, step children and partner pro... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Fathering solo

The number of dads raising kids on their own is on the rise. Frequently forgotten this group have their own challenges. Here a... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Computer game addiction

Computer game addiction is on the rise among Australian children and teenagers, replete with a host of alarming consequences, ... Read more

11-14

Is 9 the new 11?

A recent article in The Age highlights some potentially surprising results from the biggest longitudinal study of pu... Read more

5-10, 11-14

20 Questions to expand your parenting

Questions have the power to change your life for the better. The right question will expand your thinking so that it’s... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Healthy ways to manage emotions

Emotionally intelligent children, like their parents, know a range of healthy ways to manage their feelings. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Fathering teenagers

The fathering game changes in adolescence. As children they may have put you on a pedestal and held you in the highest regard,... Read more

11-14, 14+

Creating good study and work habits in secondary school

Here are seven healthy and strong study habits that will serve your young person well throughout their school years and their ... Read more

11-14, 14+

Cyberbullying - what do we need to know?

New research commissioned by the Victorian Government found 81% of parents believe bullying is the most or one of the most maj... Read more

11-14, 14+

Mother of all jobs

As an ex-house dad, I take my hat off to mothers. When I was busy at work I would often think about what my wife must be doing... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Parent Well with the Meta-Moment

The Parent Well with the Meta Moment course will teach you how to use a Meta-Moment to be more effective. It will introduce yo... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Just say no to 'sexting'

We have all done something that we later regretted.  I am sure we can all think of a time when we have done something tha... Read more

11-14, 14+

5 new rules for parenting

Michael writes about keeping our parenting relevant by establishing new mindsets and rules around modern parenting.  Read more

5-10, 11-14

He’s the one......

Recent studies indicate there is an increase in willingness for Australian fathers to be fully involved in parenting Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Rise of the ninja dad

The ‘Ninja Dad’ shares his secrets to success in the dad stakes Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Acceptance and accountability

Effective parents move between accountablity and acceptance of their child's behaviour. Michael explores this parenting st... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

My top 10 tips from '10 conversations you must have with your son'

Practical parenting tips from 10 conversations you must have with your son – how you can you use talking to influence ki... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Enjoy being a parent

Parenting is supposed to be rewarding but not enough parents enjoy the journey. The stages kids go through makes a difference,... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

What it means to be an emotionally intelligent parent

So what does an emotionally intelligent parent look like? Here are five attributes that emotionally intelligent parents have i... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Making sleepovers work – 8 tips

Children are often invited to a sleep over, or want their friend to sleep over at their house. Here are some factors to consid... Read more

5-10, 11-14

The step-parenting ride of your life

Being in a blended family is a huge learning curve. Writer Malcolm Dix shares seven lessons he’s learned in his journey ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Pre-learning: Parent Well with the Mood Meter

The Mood Meter is a simple but powerful tool that has helped me Recognise emotions in myself and others; Understand the causes... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Are you a parent or a peerent?

Teens need adults to confide in, and adults who’ll ultimately protect them.  They won’t find these qualities ... Read more

11-14, 14+

Establishing good sleep patterns in kids

Sleep is something that we can all be educated about. We take it for granted and often view poor sleepers through a behavioura... Read more

2-4, 5-10

Parenting kids who live in two homes

More than one million Australian children now spend part of their lives in two homes.  “Doing the child shuffle&rdq... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

When you are 12

Twelve year olds are on the cusp of a new stage of life. But what they thinking? Read more

11-14

5 ideas to help kids unwind

Relaxation is a key to good mental health and well-being. It is an important life skill for kids to learn. Read more

2-4, 5-10

Children with high function autism / aspergers syndrome

Tips and ideas for meeting the challenges of raising a child on the autism spectrum. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Help your child manage anger

Children who can learn to manage their anger have a head start on handling fears and other emotions. They key is teaching ki... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Are you over-parenting?

Here’s 5 tips to find a more balanced approach to over-parenting or helicopter parenting and encourage children to becom... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Helping kids make sense of natural disasters

The recent shooting down of the Flight MH 17 over Ukraine airspace may have taken place on the other side of the world but its... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Arguing in front of children

Traditional wisdom says that parents shouldn’t argue in front of their children. However as role models parents are in a... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Communicating with children from a distance

Keeping in touch when you are apart from children and teenagers can be a challenge. Debbie Bushell give parents tips on how to... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Coping with disappointment

Helping children to learn how to deal with disappointment is an important skill parents need to cultivate in their offspring. ... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Increase good feelings at home

  Strong families thrive on good feelings. They are not devoid of conflict or criticism; but generally strong families ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Parenting the family underdog

It can be hard work parenting a child to whom success doesn’t come easily. But your child struggles can create a deep se... Read more

5-10, 11-14

Introducing alcohol to young people

Binge drinking is a huge problem among young teenagers and young people. Your approach as a parent can make a huge difference ... Read more

14+

Hothousing: more risk than reward?

It’s a ‘first-world problem’, granted, but what are the risks of enrichment programs for very young children... Read more

2-4, 5-10

Attention is the currency of relationships

Here is great reminder to parents about being fully present with your kids. Get some great tips to help get the best out of ev... Read more

2-4, 5-10

Helping catastrophisers

We all catastrophise from time to time, particularly when we are under stress. It takes a cool customer to moderate their thin... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Preparing to read your child's report

Student reports bring mixed feelings for parents. Reports can mean anxious times for children too. Before you rip op... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Cat and Dog parenting

Michael explains cat and dog styles of communication and how you can use them for your parenting. Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Future proofing your kids - online seminar

Wouldn’t it be great to look ahead so we can prepare our kids to meet the future. In this one hour online seminar e... Read more

5-10, 11-14

Is your teenager sleep-deprived?

Sleep research has shown that the brain practices what it has learned during the day when a young person is asleep. So suffici... Read more

11-14, 14+

Help at home...without being paid

It’s best to expect children and young people to help without being paid. By all means provide them with pocket money, b... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Maximise the power of the kitchen table

The kitchen table is a parent’s best friend. It’s where conversations occur. It’s where thoughts are aired, ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Raising kids with a disability

No one would claim that parenting is easy, but when you have a child with a disability, there is whole new level of challenge ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Kids and hobbies

Kids need at least one interest outside school. Having a hobby helps kids relax and get away from the routines or school, whic... Read more

5-10, 11-14

The language of resilient families

Families develop their own words and phrases to help each other get through tough times. Here are some phrases to kickstart yo... Read more

5-10, 11-14

Family size matters

The size of your family will impact on how you raise your kids. Find out how family size impacts on your parenting style. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Raising twins

Raising twins multiplies the challenges, as well as the joys of parenting. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

How much sleep is enough?

Helping kids get the right amount of quality sleep will reap manifold rewards when it comes to their development and general w... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

The Thriving! way of parenting

If we are to prepare children adequately for the future then parents need to take a step back and provide an environment that ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Bedroom tidiness

Children’s bedrooms are indicators of their state of mind and your parenting style. Striking a balance between your expe... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Developing well-rounded gifted children

Gifted children tend to be passionate and single-minded, focusing their energy on the topics that absorb them, often to the ex... Read more

5-10, 11-14

Looking after yourself

What do you do to nurture yourself? Are there ways that you could look after yourself better? Is there something you could do ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Reading your child's report

Reports can mean anxious times for children. Will my parents be disappointed or proud? This is the main concern of most chil... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Tolerance: a vital ingredient for your child's success

Kids who accept differences in others are setting themselves up for success in the world of diversity that they will enter. Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Make time for your relationships

The biggest trap for many couples is the failure to maintain their own relationship as people rather than parents. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Can you have two fun parents?

There’s a great deal of evidence that points to the authoritative parenting style as being the most appropriate way to r... Read more

2-4

Choice theory is good parenting practice

Giving children real choices is a great way to develop independence and personal responsibility. It all depends on how you giv... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Understanding your family frame

Genetics; birth order and his family are the prime influences on how kids turn out. You can’t change genetics or birth o... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Online Flaming

So what is online flaming? Catherine Gerhardt gives us the lowdown and gives practical tips for parents to recognise the signs... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Respectful Relationships - what do you need to teach your children?

At a time when children have so many external influences and 24-7 access to technology, it’s easy for parents, carers an... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

What is your family brand

What IS family brand? What is your family brand? Michael explains in this short video Read more

5-10, 11-14

Talking to children about sex: when and how?

Many of us can struggle with these conversations. Here are practical tips by age range for when, how and what to say when talk... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Put kids in a good mood without drugs

Children’s moods are influenced by many things including how they think and what happens to them during the day. They ar... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Developing responsibility in kids

Developing responsibility in kids is tricky. Some parents think they are developing responsibility but they are just making th... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Recovering from parent anger

Parent anger is not good for healthy parent-child relationships. Here are some ways to defuse and avoid these situations. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Factoring peers into your parenting

 The peer factor can’t be ignored! It’s something you need to factor in as you leave your imprint on your chi... Read more

11-14

Where’s your family happy place?

Where is it you can go to change the mood? Where is it you can go that brings people together? Read more

5-10, 11-14

Talking to kids about sex

Talking with kids about sex sits at the harder end of the parenting spectrum. With kids having little trouble satisfying their... Read more

5-10

Focus on function

Families can take many forms these days, one parent, two parent, and blended families to name a few. Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Sleep tips for children

In this video Michael gives great tips to help children form good sleep habits. Read more

2-4, 5-10

The new rule every parent needs to know

  Have you ever heard yourself say to your children, “Don’t talk to strangers? ” Catherine looks at t... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

When things go wrong at school

Your approach as a parent when your child has difficulty at school makes huge difference to their resilience, and their future... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Teen friendships

Belonging to a positive peer group is a protective factor for young people. Parents can help teenagers to form positive friend... Read more

11-14, 14+

Free range parenting

Allowing children to develop real independence is one of the biggest challenges modern parents face. Our basic job is to keep ... Read more

5-10

Helping kids make smart decisions

If children are to learn how to make smart choices adults need to equip them with knowledge and skills as well as opportunitie... Read more

5-10, 11-14

Teen Time

Teenagers need their parents more than at any other stage, yet too often they are left to their own devices. Read more

11-14, 14+

Kids shine with tough love parenting

When children experience a mix of discipline and warmth they’re more likely to develop important character traits . Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

The ‘Hurried Child’ syndrome

Is your child too busy for his or her own good? Your child’s lifestyle maybe straining his or her mental health and your... Read more

2-4, 5-10

Are you a mother or a parent?

Are you a mother or a parent?   Knowing when to be a mum and when to be a parent will boost your effectiveness tenfol... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

The drugs kids are actually using

The sex talk is one of the most confronting conversations parents have with their children but there is another topic of conve... Read more

11-14, 14+

Lost in concentration

It’s more challenging than ever to be present with our kids, and so easy to get lost in concentration on a device. Here ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Why effective learning starts with a good night's sleep

Sleep is an active phase of the learning process, which is why as parents the single most important thing we can do to help ou... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Make this your child's best school year ever

Michael shares 7 essential tips to make for a fantastic school year for your children and teens.  Read more

Parent involvement – the secret ingredient to children’s school success

Positive parent involvement in your children’s learning can contribute to their success as a student. It is increasingly... Read more

5-10, 11-14

Parenting in the digital age

If every generation of parents had it’s own new or unique challenges then it’s safe to say that the overriding ... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Parenting together

Working from the same script as your partner can strengthen families and reduce anxiety.  Read more

5-10, 11-14

Parents using kids as bargaining chips

It’s been said that children are the unwitting victims of a breakdown between partners, but it doesn’t take a sepa... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Pocket money to develop independence

5 ideas to help parents use pocket money to promote good money habits and develop greater independence and confidence in your ... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Redundancy parenting

Michael discusses why parents need to aim at becoming redundant and the benefits for kids.  Read more

5-10

Showing love

A reminder of 4 simple things parents can do to show love to their children. Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Survey

Help us make sure we are meeting  your expectations as a Club member. Follow this link ► www.surveymonkey.com/s/Club... Read more

Swimming against the parenting tide

Going against popular opinion, particularly when it belongs to a young person, takes some parenting steel. It helps if you are... Read more

11-14, 14+

The adolescent rollercoaster

How to stay in touch with your teenager while riding the rollercoaster of adolescence. Read more

11-14, 14+

Use I-messages to get around denial

Getting around a child or young person’s denial takes good will and considerable skill, particularly when you know they ... Read more

5-10, 11-14

Use rosters to make life easier

Every parent wants their kids to help at home. But sometimes it’s easier to do it yourself. A well-designed roster can h... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14

Which parenting style are you?

Most parents will default to a particular parenting style; however not every child will respond to your style. Find out more a... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+

Who decides in your family?

Many children need practice in decision-making if they are going to make smart choices later on. The family is a great place t... Read more

5-10, 11-14, 14+

Wield ‘soft power’ at home

Your parenting authority works well with easy, compliant children but teenagers and demanding kids require some pretty nifty c... Read more

11-14, 14+

Your goal as a parent

Do you know what you’re trying to achieve as a parent? At Parentingideas we believe it’s important for parents to ... Read more

2-4, 5-10, 11-14, 14+


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