In a toddler’s world, mom is always right, so if this is the case with little people, what role does dad play? Claire Maher looks at the impact dads have on their child’s life. It is important to note that in this article the words ‘father’ or ‘dad’ are used, but this does not specifically … Continue reading The Role of the Dad
Bullying is the intentional and repetitive negative behaviour towards others. It generally involves a real or perceived power imbalance. Bullying can have long-term effects on the bullied and bully. Educational Psychologist, Claire Maher, discusses the different types of bullying and signs parents can look out for to ascertain whether their child is being bullied, or … Continue reading Bullying Behaviour in Schools
“Mommy, where do babies come from?” It is the question we know full well that our child will ask us one day, yet we can never quite be prepared enough for it. Educational Psychologist Claire Maher offers some helpful insight into the when, where and how of the dreaded sex talk with your child. … Continue reading What to Share about Sex
Educational Psychologist, Claire Maher looks at the importance and benefits of pretend and fantasy play and how parents can foster a sense of imagination and fantasy in their children. Picture it. Your child is alone in the play room, but you can hear her talking, almost conversing. With who? You quietly walk up to the … Continue reading The Importance of Pretend Play
The idea of gender identity creates unnecessary anxiety for parents. Educational psychologist Claire Maher suggests ways parents can help their child understand and establish their gender identity.
Educational psychologist, Claire Maher puts School Health Week top of mind as she unpacks the on-going tuckshop wars.
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.