Mental Health

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.


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.


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.


Best of the Web: Delaying social media for teens, and more

The case for waiting for social media for teens, how co-regulation is helping our kids, and why laughter is the antidote to parenting.


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.


Teen depression: What parents can do to support their teen

Think your teen is depressed? Here, Louise Birrell, Andrew Baillie, Erin Kelly and Maree Teesson share how to get them help and what treatment options may be available.


Helping your child during the current situation in the Middle East

Our young people will likely hear about the unfolding situation in the Middle East either through their social media feeds or overhearing adults. Clinical psychologists Dr Judith Locke and Dr Danielle Einstein share tips on how parents can support their children.


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.


When your first-born child is your self-appointed 2IC, from Dr Judith Locke

Do you have a bossy first-born, who sees themselves as your deputy in the family? Dr Judith Locke explains why the role of constant helper isn't always great for your child.