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Sibling Rivalry is a Triple-Edged Sword

March 28, 2017

Guardian.co.uk, Thursday 7 April 2011. The Milliband siblings Did anyone see the 2011 newspaper photograph of the hugging brothers, David and Edward Milliband (above)? Their congratulatory embrace occurred  just after the younger Edward defeated David in the election for leader of the British Labour party. There is something admirable about this generous gesture of sibling support – the older David so gracious in defeat after they had fiercely competed with each other for the esteemed position.  Sure, Ed and Dave…

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BUT I’M NOT TIRED AND REHOBOTH CHILDREN’S VILLAGE

September 28, 2016

  100% of PROFITS from sales of BUT I’M NOT TIRED! are donated to the Rehoboth Foster Care Village, established in South Africa to care for orphaned or abandoned children living with HIV.  So far AUD $2,000 has been donated to Rehoboth for the purchase of the bus, pictured above, but much more is needed. PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT for the children of Rehoboth by purchasing a copy of BUT I’M NOT TIRED! for anyone interested in the nature and nurture…

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A Tribute To The Unsung: Dina, her ilk and autism

May 17, 2016

We invited Dina, a tall, elegant Special Education teacher, to our peer-supervision meeting where we psychologists- teachers  must discuss clinical cases to ensure that we stay on track.  We sat around a table loaded with delicious snacky food: sushi and finger-size sandwiches and sliced vegies waiting to be dipped. After about ten minutes of eating and small talk, I asked Dina about her work. Rewarding rapport She smiled broadly. “I love teaching kids with autism. The rapport’s huge and every…

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Mindfulness over matter? What we know about the hot new trend.

February 24, 2016

Kate’s five-year-old daughter, Lilly, slept in her arms while the jovial paediatrician addressed her from across the desk. “When they’re like this, you just want to eat them, don’t you?” He grinned in anticipation of his punch line. “And when she’s awake, I bet you sometimes wish you had.” Aghast and tickled, Kate had to admit that it was often tough-going with Lilly. There were equal moments of sheer bliss and tear-your-hair-out frustration.  She wanted more bliss. So, without hesitation,…

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Child sexual abuse in Australia: By definition, a glass mostly empty

November 4, 2015

Most Australians would be highly distressed by the recent outcomes of the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The most trusted and revered of institutions like the Church and a few esteemed schools have been exposed as participants in the crime against children. It’s not surprising then, that child sexual abuse is currently on the public’s radar. With the horrified look of dreaded uncertainty, a number of parents have recently warned me about their children’s vulnerability.…

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OVERWEIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE: FOOD, EXERCISE, AND THE THIRD FACTOR

October 13, 2015

OVERWEIGHT YOUNG PEOPLE: FOOD, EXERCISE, AND THE THIRD FACTOR Wide girths are widespread Over the past three decades, child and teenage overweight and obesity levels have tripled in the developed world. The data is sobering. Current estimates are that about 15 percent of American children and teenagers are overweight, and about 17 percent of young people are obese. Puppy fat is tenacious The prevalence is of medical, social and – Michelle Obama might add – political concern because puppy and…

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NAPLAN? OUR KIDS NEED TO SLEEP ON IT!

October 9, 2015

The NAPLAN-driven news that our kids are slipping academically has met with much handwringing and lamenting. There are calls from all corners for more school funding and better teachers and steps to decrease disadvantage. But there is a fourth element that the handwringers have neglected. I suggest that they look at our young people’s sleep habits. That’s because the core sleep periods consolidate much of what kids learn while they’re awake . Facts at their fingertips If we want our…

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Book Reviews for BUT I’M NOT TIRED! The nature of sleep and how to nurture it in children and teenagers.

September 16, 2015

“The book BUT I’M NOT TIRED! by Dr Jennifer Smith is a nice introductory “how to” reference guide for parents struggling to get their children to sleep. This book provides the reader with a good general understanding of the physiology of sleep and underlying causes of many of the common sleep disorders. Dr Smith uses a balance of clinical anecdote and scientific research to help deliver key messages and provide useful tips. The book is easy to read and the…

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From whence kids’ difficult genes?

September 14, 2015

QANDAKIDS PARENT: “My daughter [thirteen year old Chloe] is just like her father and her grandmother. She has their difficult, temperamental genes!” Chloe’s mum was confident that she’d nailed the source of her daughter’s volatile behaviour. QANDAKIDS COMMENT I had to smile. I’ve thought and said similarly about my children with reference to their troublesome traits. Many of the mums that I see in my practice have voiced comparable sentiments, eyes rolling, heads slowly moving from side to side: “Jusssttt…

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Milla and her family get their beauty co-sleep

September 7, 2015

QANDAKIDS COMMENT Recently, famous model-actress, Milla Jovovich, received wide media exposure for her views on co-sleeping. Co-sleeping is code for parent-child bed-sharing. She and her British film producer husband sleep in the same bed as their daughters – every night. One daughter is 7 year’s old, the other just a few months old. Ukranian-born Milla believes that her family is more connected because they all share a bed. She also contends that her daughter is much better behaved as a result.…

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