Kids learn valuable life skills through rough-and-tumble play with their dads

Emily Freeman, University of Newcastle Play is an important way for children to learn about the world around them. Through play, they learn cultural norms, socialisation guidelines and experiment with different ways to interact with their environment. But play between a father and their child or children can offer a different type of play. It’s [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:19:15+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Why fidgeting could be good for your child’s health

John J Reilly, University of Strathclyde and Xanne Janssen, University of Strathclyde Fidgeting is usually considered as a sign of boredom or lack of attention which can be distracting to others. Parents and teachers often demand that their children and pupils stop doing it. But fidgeting could actually be good for their health. Research suggests [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:19:22+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The most powerful family ritual? The bedtime story

This article explores the benefits of bedtime stories, beyond what is known about reading to children generally. The main benefits it relates are psychological: this regular ritual helps kids to wind down, to be comforted, to connect with their parent and to engage their imaginations. It also covers one important physiological benefit, that reading to [...]

By |2019-09-16T13:47:26+10:00September 16th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

‘What is wrong with me? I’m never happy and I hate school’

Louise Remond, University of Technology Sydney Hi, I was just wondering if something’s wrong with me because I’m never happy and never want to do anything and I’m getting really lazy and I really hate school. Thanks - Anonymous Everyone experiences down days at times. Feeling flat is a normal reaction to something upsetting happening, [...]

By |2019-10-03T14:19:30+10:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Children who nap are happier, excel academically, and have fewer behavioral problems: study

Nighttime sleep is important of course, but daytime naps matter just as much. New research emerging from the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Irvine, published in the journal Sleep reinforces the benefits of naps for children. This comprehensive study found children who took naps not only experienced positive changes in mood and [...]

By |2020-03-09T11:29:22+11:00September 9th, 2019|Categories: Science & Research, Sleep, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Be part of National Child Protection Week (1 – 7 September)

Children do best when life is on an even keel and their parents have the support they need. By being kind to parents, supporting family-friendly policies, and building connected communities, we’re all helping to give Australia’s children the best start in life. National Child Protection Week is all about celebrating the many ways – big [...]

By |2020-03-09T11:29:22+11:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People seminars wrapped for 2019, with spectacular Melbourne finish

Over 950 parents, professionals and Victorians of all walks of life flocked to Melbourne last Friday to take part in our Melbourne Mental Health and Wellbeing of Young People seminar. The all-day event included presentations on a diverse range of topics that are currently critical to youth wellbeing. A new addition for the Melbourne seminar [...]

By |2020-03-09T11:29:22+11:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Imagination Declaration: young Indigenous Australians want to be heard – but will we listen?

When you think of an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander kid, or in fact any kid, imagine what’s possible. Don’t define us through the lens of disadvantage […] Expect the best of us. – Excerpt from the Imagination Declaration, August 2019. A group of school students from across Australia have just shown what real leadership [...]

By |2019-09-02T12:00:26+10:00September 2nd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Self-Care September Strategies

In 2019, headspace is promoting a number of ‘Self-Care September’ strategies and approaches for Australian school staff. These activities are aimed at strengthening wellbeing, resilience, engagement, connection, help seeking, and early access to support. Download the resource here>>