Four habits to help kids with social anxiety

We can help children confront their social fears and develop tools to deal with anxious feelings, writes Jamie Lynn Tatera.


Parenting a perfectionist? Here’s how you can respond

Children and adolescents may experience perfectionism in relation to school work, sport, performance in art or music, or their own body. Here researchers share how parents can tackle it.


Have smartphones created an ‘anxious generation’? Jonathan Haidt sounds the alarm

A new book argues that the first generation to go through puberty connected to their smartphones have had their brains rewired for depression and anxiety, writes Hugh Breakey.


Can self-compassion help teens with depression?

A new study finds that learning to be more supportive and kind to themselves can protect teens who are struggling, writes Karen Bluth.


How can parents talk to their kids about distressing news events, and help them feel safe?

Your child might have seen traumatic news coverage on television or social media, or they may have heard about it from friends. Here, psychologists share how parents can discuss such events with their children.


Is your child worried about NAPLAN? Here’s how you can beat NAPLAN jitters

NAPLAN can be an anxious time for some children. Dr Helen Schiele offers tips and advice on reassuring and supporting them.


The power of healing affirmations following grief and loss

Helping our children thrive through tough times can be tricky. Authors Benny and Amber tell Natalie Moutafis they hope children realise they aren't alone when it comes to navigating their emotions.


Does your child have reading difficulties? They may also have reading anxiety

There is growing evidence suggesting difficulties with reading and mental health may be related in some children. Here, Genevieve McArthur shares what parents can do.


There’s a Bully in My Brain: A book review

Sometimes, our inner voice can become too negative. Natalie Moutafis has found a new picture book that seeks to quiet that self-doubt and encourage more positive thinking.