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Kmart Cool for School

If you’re looking for inspo for your kids, check out Vanessa Nansen, better known as @the_kmart_teacher, on Instagram. Based on the Gold Coast and with more than 12 years of primary school teaching experience and a lifetime of shopping nous, Vanessa searches the aisles of Kmart for out-of-the-box goodies that would be helpful to teachers and parents. The Kmart Teacher page is focused on sharing ideas and pr ...

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Ask Dr Aaron // May 2017

You asked the questions, child psychologist Dr Aaron Frost gives you the answers. Email your questions to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.   What are your thoughts on how to best prepare our kids for NAPLAN testing this month?  Don’t prepare for it. It is important to remember that NAPLAN is designed to assess the effectiveness of teachers and schools, not to assess the kids. It is the school that should b ...

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Mothering or Smothering?

Mothering and smothering. Two very similar words in annunciation but, by geez by gingo, their meanings are polar opposite! What is mothering? And what is smothering? And which do you choose? First we must understand that mothering is not restricted to those who have given birth to a child. In truth, we can all play the role of a mother (even those males out there). The mother role, in truth: Provides love, ...

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Kids’ Parties // What are we Teaching our Children?

Parties can be filled with giggles, excitement and create many happy memories. On the other hand, parties can be filled with many opportunities for life lessons to be learned opportunities for all. Children are like sponges as they observe, feel and often absorb all that is happening around them. Children learn via observation. They watch and feel our every movement, hear our words but learn far more than w ...

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Boys’ Zone

Boys are often viewed as less academic than girls. Is school just not for them or do they just learn differently?  It’s a fact that there are physical and cognitive differences in the way boys and girls interact, socialise and learn. These differences have a huge impact on the educational experiences of all students in the classroom. There is also growing evidence of differences in brain development between ...

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Ask Dr Aaron // April 2017

You asked the questions, child psychologist Dr Aaron Frost gives you the answers. Email your questions to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.   My eight year old is a real terror around dinner time. He doesn’t like a lot of vegetables. Is there a psychological reason that he isn’t wanting to eat these foods? Yes, vegetables are psychologically the least tasty of all the food groups. Before I get letters from ...

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Ask Dr Aaron // March 2017

You asked the questions, child psychologist Dr Aaron Frost gives you the answers. Email your questions to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.   My daughter, 8, hates it when she is in the bath or shower for too long and her hands get wrinkly. She also works herself up for swimming lessons because she knows her hands will do the same thing there too. But she loves swimming. She also has to have her hair comple ...

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Should we Diagnose ASD // Considerations for Parents

Often as a paediatric occupational therapist, I get clients coming to me seeking clarification about their child’s state of development, especially in regards to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This may include answering a few questions, doing a formal assessment, and writing up a report. Or, it may be contributing to their journey to seek out a formal diagnosis of some sort. In a similar fashion I often ge ...

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Ask Dr Aaron // February 2017

You asked the questions, child psychologist Dr Aaron Frost gives you the answers. Email your questions to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.   My daughter is entering high school in 2017 and she is quite anxious about it already. What can I do to minimise the impact of this change and ensure that she can succeed in high school?  The fact you have written to ask makes me think you are quite anxious about her ...

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Holiday Season: The Pros & Cons

School holidays are here. “Yippee!” say some parents. “OMG!” say many others as they start counting the sleeps until school goes back. Why the contrast? School holidays are absolutely a time to rest from the daily routines of school, work and all that comes with the day-to-day demands of life. School holidays are a time to appreciate the year that has been, reflect on what has been learnt and prepare for th ...

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