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April 2019

Why boys wrestle, play fight and fidget

By |2019-04-18T17:29:40+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Dr Michael Nagel breaks down the biochemical reasons why young boys in particular are almost constantly moving and exhibit frequent playful aggression. He relates how both testosterone and serotonin impact on the brain chemistry of boys in more pronounced ways than for girls, making them much more prone to restlessness, fidgeting and inattentiveness regardless of [...]

How working parents can manage school holidays

By |2019-04-18T17:25:49+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

This article by Liz Marchant covers some practical considerations of planning for school holidays, but goes more in-depth on negotiating with employers around flexible working arrangements and other options which allow parents to be present for more or all of their children's time off. Excellent practical advice on an issue that's increasingly become the norm [...]

Youth mental health Budget focus, but what’s the situation really like?

By |2019-04-18T16:23:25+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Mental Illness|Tags: , , , |

Youth mental health becoming more prominent in Australian politics has spurred more interest in the public on assessments of the scale and nature of the problem. In this article, Generation Next co-founder Ramesh Manocha and other experts explain what is causing the youth mental health crisis and the most concerning trends now being evidenced in [...]

Technology and learning in the classroom: six tips to get the balance right

By |2019-04-18T16:23:26+10:00April 18th, 2019|Categories: Technology|Tags: , , , |

Australia was one of the first countries in the world to have more computers than students in schools. But as the numbers of computers and other technological devices increased, student performance did not. The days of cramming computers into classrooms and expecting improvements in learning are numbered. Some argue there’s little evidence to justify investment [...]

Green space and the power of nature play for shaping the developing brain

By |2019-04-15T16:54:36+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Every parent wants their child to grow into a strong, successful human being, but how is this best achieved? The kind of play experiences that help cultivate the development of successful traits are found via a genuinely challenging environment, where kids can test their abilities in self-assessment, problem-solving, risk-taking, and adaptation in response to difficulties [...]

Integrated Cultures ACT Mahatma Gandhi Essay Competition

By |2019-04-15T17:19:59+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Integrated Cultures ACT is proud to announce an “Essay writing competition” to mark the 150th birth anniversary of the eminent political and spiritual leader of India’s independence movement, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, popularly known as “Gandhi”. He pioneered and practiced the principle of Satyagraha—resistance to tyranny through mass nonviolent civil disobedience. He has inspired the civil [...]

Parents to lose valuable tools for choosing healthy viewing and playing

By |2019-04-15T17:56:48+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Australia's National Classification Scheme (NCS) provides classifications (like G, PG , M) as consumer information about the content in apps and games. It’s intended to help parents choose media for their children, and protect them from harm. But do parents think it does a good job? The Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) [...]

The Ultimate Guide to School Holiday Activities

By |2019-04-15T17:19:35+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

It can be a challenge to keep kids occupied over school holidays, especially if you have a limited budget and want to keep screen time to a minimum. This handy list of activities is good for hours of screen-free fun, and most are at low-to-no cost. It's a good mix of indoor and outdoor activities, [...]

Home alone: how to keep your kids safe (and out of trouble) when you’re at work these holidays

By |2019-04-15T18:32:26+10:00April 15th, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , , |

Many working parents battle with school holidays, especially the long period between Christmas and the start of the new school year. Most people receive four weeks’ leave a year, but school holidays take up about 12 weeks of the year. The maths clearly doesn’t add up. Even if both parents take their leave at different [...]

‘Safe’ teen drinking? Here’s why parents shouldn’t facilitate it

By |2019-04-11T10:05:55+10:00April 8th, 2019|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol|Tags: , , , |

This article debunks the commonly held belief that young people will be safer and better adjusted if allowed alcohol by parents in a controlled environment. It not only outlines the increase in teen binge drinking which is more likely under this style of parenting, but also the increased incidence of alcoholism later in life and [...]