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Your Questions, Answered

My kids hate doing homework. What can I do? Whenever any person ‘hates’ any aspect of life the question(s) we need to ask are: I wonder why? What specifically is it about this aspect of life that the person apparently ‘hates’? Have we considered all factors and all people in respect to what is being asked? Has the person connected to the purpose of what is being asked of them? We must remember, a person doe ...

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Your Questions, Answered

My daughter, 12, has started to ask me to drop her at our local shopping centre so she can hang out there and go shopping with her friends. I feel uncomfortable about this but I know I can't keep saying 'no' to her. How do I know when to start to loosen the apron strings? Parenting is about raising young people to be independent, responsible, connected young adults. Our role as parents is to make our role r ...

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Supporting our Tweens

The tween years provide meltdowns for many and anxiety all round - but why is this so? It might be hard to see sometimes, but at the core of our tweens is an awesome, amazing and lovable being - and not the monster that they often portray. So what happens? How do we go from awesome being to monster behaviour? The simple answer is anxiety. Anxiety is the precursor to all unwanted behaviour. Let me explain fu ...

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Life is One Big Classroom

Learning is often associated with the traditional classroom, school and education facilities. But learning goes far beyond the classroom. Think about this. What if every moment in life is an opportunity to learn and thus every movement of every day we are in the classroom of life? It is an irrefutable fact that every day we all wake up to our life-classroom filled with a continuous and never-ending supply o ...

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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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