I can’t believe that the shops started putting up Christmas decorations and playing Christmas carols at least a month ago. I always feel that it has come around too soon. In Australia, Christmas coincides with the end of … Continue reading
Starting school, whether it’s for the first time, entering a new school, or even returning to a familiar school after a break, can be a challenge for both our children and ourselves. While we carefully pack their school bag with … Continue reading
If summer is drawing to a close, you may be starting to think about the start of school. Or you might be preparing for your child to start school in the New Year. For some, the new school year is … Continue reading
Starting school for the first time, or after the long summer holidays, can pull up old feelings of separation. Be kind to yourselves and your children: leave time for some extra upsets over the first few weeks, as the scab is lifted again, and as feelings about school and about leaving you surface again. Take every opportunity you can to listen to your child – when they seem to be having big upsets about small things, or they seem to be much more clingy than usual. Continue reading
A sense of connection with the adults who care for them is vital to young people of all ages. That is no less true now that your child is older. While things may not be as easy between you and your pre-teen, the fact is they still want and need a deep sense of connection with you.