The new school year can be exceptionally anxiety provoking for children (and teens) and therefore their parents or caregivers. The new school year means a new teacher, possibly new or different classmates, and sometimes even a new school, with a new school uniform, and completely new environment. There are a number of ways that families can try to make the new school year as stress and anxiety free as possible. Educational psychologist Claire Maher has advice for families as they enter into a new year of school routines.
The difference between right and wrong, and self-control are not innate abilities that we are born with. Toddlers and children need to be taught right from wrong, and which behaviours are socially acceptable. They need to be taught self-control, and most often learn from the example set by those around them. While every family is … Continue reading Teaching Your Toddler Self-Control
Toddler developmental schemas (TDS) are repetitive patterns of behaviour which are evident in some form or other from birth. These patterns allow children to develop, explore and express their thoughts and learning through their play and behaviours. Different children will make use of a variety of different schemas. The schemas do not follow in a … Continue reading Toddler Developmental Schemas
Sex and sexuality are generally conversations that parents would prefer not to have with their children. However, these are areas that require attention from the very beginning. Educational Psychologist Claire Maher considers what is appropriate to discuss with your children, and how to answer those tricky questions.
Many children struggle with performance anxiety and inadequacies (often unfounded), which are factors associated with poor self-esteem, or a poor self-concept. A child’s self-esteem can be influenced by factors such as temperament, parenting and parental attitudes to failures and successes, parental self-esteem, teachers, feedback regarding performances and peer relationships. A parent’s acceptance of self can … Continue reading Self-Esteem in Children
A history of inequality and gender stereotyping leads us to question whether we are raising our children to take on gender specific roles in the home and in the workplace. Educational psychologist Claire Maher takes a closer look at how our daughters can be raised to hold their own in a patriarchal society.
Some parents may dream of having a gifted child – a child who can become a concert pianist, top medical student or a national rugby player with ease. However, having a gifted child is not without its challenges, and as with parents of non-gifted children, parents of gifted children require extensive support. Claire Maher, Educational Psychologist, explores these challenges and provides some guidelines for parents of gifted children.
Around the age of 4 or 5 children enter a developmental stage of play known as ‘cooperative play.’ It is at this stage that children are able to, and want to interact with one another for the purpose of play. Prior to this stage children would have played alone, or alongside (but not interacting with) … Continue reading Play Date Etiquette
The word ‘spirited’ is often used as an alternative for ‘stubborn,’ ‘strong-willed,’ ‘high-energy’ or even ‘difficult’ when describing a child. While these may seem like typically negative characteristics, if managed correctly by parents, they can be positive, endearing and appealing traits for a child to possess. Spirited suggests strength and hope, as opposed to … Continue reading Parenting the Spirited Child
Being a parent encompasses a variety of roles and responsibilities. Parents have to look after their children, provide them with what they need, encourage positive behaviours, and guide them morally. However there is a distinction that must be drawn between what parents are responsible for, and when, and what children need to be or … Continue reading Parental Responsibilities