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ARTICLE: Neuroplasticity Explained

What's the buzz about neuroplasticity and neuroscience? Here the latest trend is explained in simple, but scientifically accurate terms.

ARTICLE SERIES: Gossip

Gossip is often the basis of social ostracisation and bullying. Equip your child with these realistic and practical strategies to combat it for good.

ARTICLE SERIES: Sleep Sweet

Scientific concepts around sleep, explained simply, as well as useful and realistic steps to help your child (and you) get some zzzzz.

 

ARTICLE SERIES: Beyond, "How was your day?"

Do you struggle to get more than a grunt or '“Okay” from your child at the end of the day? Here’s some practical insight into helping your child share their highs and lows, including a great list of sample questions.

ARTICLE SERIES: Executive Function

You've seen it all over the internet, but what is your executive function? This article explains it all by sharing a very relatable account in the life of Becky and her executive function (or dysfunction! 

ARTICLE SERIES: Exam Stress Busters

Are you a parent of a stressed student or a student yourself, worried that you haven't done enough? Check this article that explains what's happening in your brain when you feel exam stress and what you can do about it!

 

 

ARTICLE SERIES: No More Toys for Christmas?

Are we wasting our money on expensive toys? Or stuck for ideas when the relatives ask, “What shall get little Billy Bob?” Check out this practical article with great ‘outside the box’ ideas for children’s gifts.

ARTICLE SERIES: Sorry, not Sorry

So often an apology is forced by social pressure or parental guilt. It's pointless and downright dishonest. This article looks at the benefit of helping children to show remorse in ways that are genuine and constructive.

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ARTICLE SERIES: The Homework Debate

Nobody loves homework (including teachers), so why is it still a part of most school programs? Does it help in our kids’ education - or is it just a chore that we could all do without?

 

QUICKIE: Expressive Word List

Anxious children sometimes need help in expressing how they're feeling Sometimes 'bad' or 'angry' don't quite say enough. Here are some tips and two practical word lists to help your child build their expressive language and ultimately, their confidence.

QUICKIE: One Quiet Minute

A perfect start for meditation sceptics. (I was one too!) Here is a little behind the science and benefits of taking a brief mental time out - and step by step instructions for the best spent minute of your day.

QUICKIE:  Giving Pyramid

A handy one page diagram filled with practical and unusual ideas on how to make gift giving meaningful for the receiver and the giver. (See also: ARTICLE SERIES: No More Toys for Christmas?)

 

 

QUICKIE: Honour Creative Expression

Is your house getting cluttered by the artistic treasures of your children? Check out these great ways to save their artistic ego's and get your fridge door cleared!

QUICKIE: Brain Function Diagram

Have you ever wondered which part of the brain does what? Thus fascinating and simple diagram helps you work that out!

QUICKIE:  Neuroscience Nutshells

Short term memory? Working memory? Memory span? Sometimes even the scientists can't agree on what the terms mean! This list of scientific terms are explained in easy to understand nutshells of information that you can use to impress your friends!

 
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ARTICLE: "Can you just stop picking at it!" Coming soon!

Anxious kids sometimes develop habits that are ... um ... yucky. In this article, there are a few explanations behind compulsive behaviours and some tried and tested (and a little unconventional) tips on how to help .

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ARTICLE: Anxious Parents, Anxious Children COMING SOON!

What am I doing in my parenting that is helping or hindering my anxious child? This article helps unpack how much of it you should take on board and how much to let go (and how to do that)!

ARTICLE: More Play Less Stress COMING SOON!

A close look at the growing epidemic of anxiety in children and teenagers over the past 50 years, focusing on the main causes and what we can do to turn it around for this generation.

 
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DIRTY DOZEN: Tips for Babysitting Anxious Kids

Do you want to equip friends and family to care for your anxious children effectively? Give them this list of twelve easy ideas and enjoy a well-deserved night out on us! 

DIRTY DOZEN: "Calm your Farm!" Coming soon!

This is a practical guide for helping kids, teens and adults to develop the skills to self regulate in trigger moments, pause before a meltdown, and recover afterwards

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DIRTY DOZEN: Money for Nothing Coming soon!

Twelve strategies to help your kids become co-operative members of your family, share the load of household chores and value the concept of working for reward .

 

Flourish Resource List

For those who like to read, here is a comprehensive list of quality authors and academics on topics related to brain science, education and well being. A 'must have' for geeks with heart!