If there is any group that appears to be completely absent from their children?s lives, it is that of teenage fathers.
Teenage pregnancy almost inevitably seems to lead to sole motherhood, and society tends to blame the young men themselves: after having caused a pregnancy they flee from the responsibility.
Yet, both researchers and practitioners, who have made the effort of talking to those yo . . . more
Why Music for Young Children?By Janet Channon, Kids Music Company
The benefits of involving children in musical activities are immense, from developing a love of music to promoting brain growth.
Most importantly, music is fun. If a child is having fun their brain is open to learning. If a child is stressed, worried or unhappy, the brain closes down to learning and new stimulation. Activities tha . . . more
Dyslexia impacts the whole family, and parents and siblings need to be equally on board in fostering a culture of acceptance and encouraging strengths. Dyslexic children should not be wrapped in cotton wool. But they should be given both practical and emotional support. They need security and encouragement so that they feel ok about thinking differently, and able to take risks in learning and sh . . . more
Reactivate Your Child
The key to activating kids is to turn off the TV and redirect their attention. Reducing TV from more than 20 hours a week (the average for a New Zealand kid) to 7 can cut a child's obesity risk by one third.
Be sure you balance TV and computer time with active time. You might want to start by initiating "No TV T-days" or Game nights (where the whole family . . . more
The librarians at Any Questions are available between 1 - 6pm weekdays to support students of all ages. Any Questions helps you find useful, accurate online information to help with your homework. The online librarians are trained to help you work out the sort of information you need, then begin searching with you ? however, they are not a 'quick answers service!?
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Young toddlers and school going children must eat nutritionally rich and well balanced meals and snacks to boost their brain development and assist normal growth of body organs. Here are some of the most famous and well recognized and super charged brain foods for your children:
Brain boosting anti-oxidant rich foods
Vitamins A, C and E are the recognized nutrients that act as highly beneficial . . . more
Information about mental health, alcohol, drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, nutrition and relationships is available for youth on a website www.urge.co.nz run by Youthline. Youthline is a national youth development organisation offering counselling, training, development programmes and information to young people and their families. www.youthline.co.nz   . . . more
What Is Physical Activity?Physical activity is any bodily movement produced by skeletal muscles that result in an expenditure of energy.
Physical Activity is not just exercise and sport. It includes taking the stairs instead of the lift, hanging out the washing, walking to the shops or to work and school, gardening, vacuuming and sweeping. Physical activity can be as rigorous . . . more
What are sleep problems in children?
Many babies and young children have problems sleeping at first. But if children are still not sleeping through the night by the age of 2 years, they may have a sleep problem. All of this information is for children over the age of 2.
There are three main sorts of sleep problems:
Too little sleep
Nightmares, night terrors and sleepwalking
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Special Needs Advocacy & Support Trust is a Charitable Trust which was formed on the 3rd February 2006. The service provided under this umbrella has assisted more than 153 families and educational facilities in this time. The organisation and service is unique as we are client focused, not funding focused; it has been developed in consultation with clients to meet their indiv . . . more
In today?s fast-paced world, it?s critical for children to learn the facts about sex ? before they pick up false or misleading information from other sources. When it comes to teaching kids about sex, many parents feel uncomfortable and unsure of themselves. You can find the rest of this intersting article at http://www.schwablearning.org/articles.aspx?r=626 . . . more
He is active, he likes to jump and climb, and he can't stay focused on anything other than the computer, game system or his skate board and seems too distracted to listen. He gets into things and he takes things apart, he likes to pick at his sister. He dislikes his school work and can be disruptive in the classroom. He loves noise and finds sitting still to be the ultimate challenge. Is he attent . . . more
How to grow healthy children?
Over the recnt maonths there has been growing concerns about the health of our young people. The Government is taking strong steps to educate and support families to make changes to eating habits and are also working towards changes in schools in tuck shops and lunch rooms.
Here are 10 tips that families can use to encourage healthy eating.
10 Tips for parents to a . . . more
Teaching Children - Should You Let Nature Take Its Course Or Intervene?
One tough dilemma for any parent is to know when to let children learn for themselves from the consequences of their own actions and when to intervene to teach them a lesson. This is sometimes referred to as natural consequences or logical consequences and the principle is simple but its execution is not always easy.
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Temper Tantrum: Let Them Have Their Temper Tantrums !
Children between the ages of one and seven are open to emotional hurts. Temper tantrums are a way a young child expresses his frustration over a situation or a person. When your child feels thwarted, he feels many mixed emotions. Usually temper tantrums are brought about by stress. This stress is anything that disrupts the normal balance of th . . . more
Active Adults Make Active Families
Be an active adult and reap the benefits - even from light and moderate effort activities. This will help you in the following ways:
? Weight control
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Big Buddy mentoring is based on the simple philosophy that boys need good male role models in their lives to become good men. Unfortunately, many boys do not have a father or other male role model in their lives and while mothers do courageous work in raising their boys alone, they cannot model maleness. And above all else, boys learn through modelling.A simple solution is to match these boys with . . . more
By Micheal Grose
The topic of raising boys is still a big interest to parents. It is no secret that many parents struggle when it comes to raising or even teaching boys. Boys are easy to raise and teach as long as you understand the trigger that motivates them.
The last decade has seen heightened interest in and awareness of the issues surrounding boys in most of the western wor . . . more
Understanding your child's needs.
First relationships are very important for children?s learning and development, right from the start. Good communication is the key. Talking to babies and young children makes all the difference, so that they feel safe and supported as they start to explore the world.
Other adults may give lots of advice on how to parent. We sometimes forget to l . . . more
News release 13 March 06
The death of 12 year-old Alex Teka must be taken as a sign of the seriousness of bullying and social relationship issues for New Zealand children. What?s Up, a national helpline that answers 500 calls a day from children and young people all over New Zealand, has received calls from children as young as seven years expressing the wish to die because of the bullying they a . . . more
This article is one of many about child development on http://www.brainy-child.com
Child Discipline: Kids Not Listening? Top 10 Tips to Deal With It!
By Cathy Gariety
As parents we have all faced it. The kids are not listening to you without you repeating yourself over and over and it's driving you crazy. You give them chances or count to ten and they still won't li . . . more
Our role is to promote the needs and interests of all families to government and the wider community. To do this, we need to understand the issues affecting families. We listen to families, and organisations involved with them, to hear their views.Our key functions are:
increasing awareness and understanding of the issues that families face encouraging public debate on family-related matters
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Does Your Child have problems with bedwetting or soiling?
K.E.E.A; the Kiwi Enuresis Encopresis Association has been set up to support and educate families who have children with wetting and soiling problems. Enuresis is the medical name for wetting and encopresis for soiling. For information or help available nationwide, or to receive a free quarterly newsletter contact;K.E.E.AP.O. B . . . more
Childhood Obesity 7 tips to help your child slim down & avoid devastating health problemsJun 03 '04Nine million American kids are now dangerously overweight, with the numbers increasing every day, warns an expert. "It's estimated that as many as one in four children in the U.S. are overweight," Amy Lanou, Ph.D., nutrition director of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in . . . more
http://www.everychildcounts.org.nz Every Child Counts recognises the vital role families play in children?s lives. Families are the main source of support for children. Our willingness to support families so that they can provide the best they can for children is an expression of the health of our society. The diversity of families in which New Zeal . . . more
Parent care or parent beware?
Picture this...You?ve just walked into your hairdresser?s. The secretary ignores you when you arrive. After she?s got off the phone from her boyfriend, you discover you?ve been double-booked. When you complain the indifferent response causes you to walk out. Unthinkable, isn?t it?Yet this is precisely how some education institutions appear to treat prospective custo . . . more
Learning languages enhances the brain, scientists believeLearning a second language "boosts" brain-power, scientists believe.
Researchers from University College London studied the brains of 105 people - 80 of whom were bilingual.
They found learning other languages altered grey matter - the area of the brain which processes information - in the same . . . more
Making Promises to Your Kids
By Mark Brandenburg MA, CPCC
I was bringing my kids home from a long day of play one summer night not long ago. It was a difficult ride home, and they were tired, hungry, and whiny. I wanted to get them home as fast as I could.
As we neared our house, my son exclaimed, "You said you'd take us for ice cream!" I cringed when I heard this, because I remembere . . . more
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The Kids Help Foundation Trust offers the telephone counselling service for children and young people called What?s Up. On the website you will find information about The Kids Help Foundation Trust and What?s Up?s services, policies, and procedures. You can also get copies of our publications, press releases, and newsletters and find out how to get involved in What?s Up. http://www.what . . . more