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.
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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
Mathematics NCEA external exam papers
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Check out this easy guide with essential information for preparing for the exam. Scroll down the page and click on each topic for some great suggestions.........
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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
Benefits of learning a Second Language through fun and play By Aline Shand ?Exposing your Child to a new world of words boosts her brainpower, vocabulary and self-esteem? Lynne S. Dumas For years it has been thought that teaching a second language to preschool age children would be a waste of time, money and resources. This has changed in the recent years as more and more research has been com . . . more
The Home and Family Society have published an excellent leaflet for separating couples with children . It is titled:
Joint parenting- a simple guide for separating couples who have children.
The leaflet is published can be found at http://www.homeandfamily.org.nz/publications/index.html?mlink=m5 under the heading 'Practical Parenting'.
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"Experiences in the first three years of a child's life have a profound effect which impacts into all aspects of adulthood".Brainwave is a charitable trust that has been set up by leading paediatricians, medical, educational, legal, academic and business professionals who are dedicated to ensuring that this crucial information is available to those who need it most.
Brainwave is in exis . . . more
Short Term Fostering:
Short term fostering can be anything from an overnight stay to three months. There may be problems or illness in the family, or the child may have been harmed or abused in some way.
Usually short term fostering provides a safe place for a child to live, while social services work with the child?s family. At the same time, the foster parent and social worker will hel . . . more
By Jane McConnell
The Natural Child Project
Japanese children sleep between their parents until adolescence. Korean infants spend more than 90 percent of their time being held. In contrast, American babies spend two-thirds of their time alone, in infant seats, strollers, car seats, cribs or swings. and American mothers deliberately don't respond to their babies' cries 46 percent of time in t . . . more
In an age when there are so many pressures on teachers to teach a variety of subjects to children, music is often pushed to the side and seen as not important. How can we be so far from the truth? I challenge any teacher to find another subject that teaches coordination, language, concentration, confidence, team skills, tolerance and understanding of other people and other cultures, while develo . . . more
Most New Zealanders now condemn all forms of interpersonal violence and many would like to see perpetrators of violence treated harshly when they appear before the Courts. There is one major exception to this revulsion towards violence ? and that is the belief that hitting children is an appropriate and effective means of controlling the behaviour of children.
Many of us have experienced phy . . . more
Every child is unique and develops at their own pace. This is a rough guide to your child's likely musical development.
A baby in the womb can hear sounds from 20 weeks after conception.
0 - 18 Months
From conception to eighteen months your baby is developing rapidly and its response to musical activity will not only be rewarding but highly beneficial to his or he . . . more
Some of us face seven weeks of summer School Holidays with dread. Our internal and public monologue goes something like "How absolutely ghastly! Fifty days without relief. How on earth will I occupy them? I can't bear the thought of fifty days of fighting. Who was out to punish mothers when they thought up a long summer holiday?!"
Others of us look forward to the School and Kindergarten h . . . more
Carers New Zealand is an information and advocacy organisation for the one in five New Zealanders who provides care at home for sick, frail, injured or disabled family members. It works with regional organisations that support carers, providing information resources and guest speakers. Carers New Zealand also undertakes research, makes input into policy and service developments important to care . . . more
"If you are raising someone else's child and giving them a home, you may be able to get financial support to help with the upbringing of the child..................."
A new brochure, "Help for Kinship Carers- a guide for someone raising someone else's child" is available through Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust regional coordinators, the New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation, Ci . . . more
Walking to school is about to get way cool with StreetWise Rangers
By now you might have heard about the walking school buses which are starting up all around the country. StreetWise Rangers is a new theme EECA has developed to make the walking school bus even more fun and exciting for children. The story below tells you all about these superheroes...
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Chances are you want to provide a wonderful environment for your
baby to learn and grow. But your life is busy. You have a young child -- a child who needs to be bathed, dressed, fed, and nurtured. And when you're not caring for your little one, perhaps there's your housework, shopping, cooking, and laundry. Luckily, all children learn to talk. It's something that comes naturally, right? Not al . . . more
This article gives information about:
What are your childcare options
Preparing your child for care
What ifs of childcare
What are your Childcare Options?
Selecting the right childcare to suit your children and lifestyle can seem like a daunting hurdle. Through exploring the available options and talking to other parents, you can settle on an arrangement that can benefit both yourself an . . . more
It?s natural for children to bubble over with ideas, schemes, and jokes. Unfortunately, capturing those ideas on paper is not so natural for many kids with learning disabilities (LD). They may freeze up, forget their ideas, or fight the pencil.
Help your reluctant writer at home
Your struggling writer needs practice at home, but you don?t want to make it seem like another school chore. The . . . more
Helping Chn Overcome Shyness
To assist children to overcome shyness, try the following ides. They are designed to help increase self-confidence and overcome situations that make a child feel shy.
|||bullet|||Strengths and Weaknesses. It is important that your child be in touch with their strengths as well as their weaknesses. On a sheet of paper, help them list on one half their strengths -- . . . more