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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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Ask Dr Aaron // December 2016

You asked the questions, child psychologist Dr Aaron Frost gives you the answers. Email your questions to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.   Q. What is the best way to emotionally prepare my child for Prep next year? Are there tactics I should be practising over the school holidays? I’m already getting nervous myself!  A. You hit the nail on the head with your final comment - you are getting nervous.  The ...

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The True Gift of Christmas

Christmas is well-and-truly coming. Some get excited, others get stressed and anxious and for others many meltdowns proceed. But why the stress? Why the angst? Why the meltdowns? Christmas is a stressful time for many as we place pressure and ‘pictures’ on ourselves, others and life of how we expect things to be. We have a list of ‘shoulds’ in relation to the way we think life should unfold. We may have pic ...

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Ask Dr Aaron // October 2016

You ask the questions, child psychologist Dr Aaron Frost gives you the answers! Email your questions in to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.   Q. We are staying with a friend’s family in a house for Christmas holidays. In these kinds of situations, I always find disciplining my kids more difficult with others watching on as I feel I’m being judged. What’s the best way to deal with my kids’ behaviour problem ...

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Travelling Terrors – Can we Avoid Them?

The countdown to your holiday has ended. Finally, the day has come. Everyone appears excited as we prepare for the new places to visit, new people to meet, new adventures to explore and lots of new, New, NEW. But soon, the inevitable. The meltdown of all meltdowns. But why? Holidays and travelling appear a great idea and, for many, it is all smooth sailing. However, for others it becomes an absolute nightma ...

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Spring Clean Unwanted Behaviour Patterns

Coming into spring, it is all too common to spring clean your room, your house, your garden, your wardrobe etc. But have you ever considered spring cleaning your own behaviour patterns? If we are honest, we are all using behaviours we would prefer not to, whether that be: Yelling at the kids Indulging in food, drink, shopping or other temptations Not exercising the way that would support our body Over worki ...

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Ask Dr Aaron // August 2016

You asked the questions, child psychologist Dr Aaron frost Gives you the answers. Email your questions to editor@havenmagazine.com.au.   Q. My tween-aged kids are always keen to do chores for pocket money but they seem to lose interest quickly. I’m not pushing them to earn money, but I’d like to think they could at least commit to completing a list of chores each week. If anything, I think I’m helping ...

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Parties Make Great Classrooms

Parties appear to be something that we all look forward to… Or do we? Parties are often filled with emotions of varying intensity from one spectrum to the other – complete sadness for some, yet overwhelming joy for another - all in one place. We may hear the giggles, laughter and squeals of delight from some, yet can feel the total despair, sadness and even frustration and anger from others. Why the extreme ...

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The Effects of Competitiveness for Children

Parent questions: Can you teach competitiveness in your children? My child does not have any interest in competing in sport or other activities and sits back to allow someone else to win. She is happy to participate however doesn't express that 'mongrel' that some children seem to use to fuel their passion. Is this something you can teach your children or is it a good/bad quality?   Tanya’s Response: T ...

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