St Anthony's School
Greenmount

How To Help Your Kids With Big Adjustments

Change is hard, and most people out there don't like big life ones. THey can be scary, they can disrupt the order and routine in your life and they come with a lot of questions.
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Managing Anxiety and Building Resilience in Kids: How Nutrition Can Help (by Lucinda Miller MGNI MRNI MH)

Anxiety used to be seen just as an innate condition of an emotionally fragile child or something trigged by significant life events.
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Anxiety in Kids and Teens: Why Anxiety Triggers Often Don't Make Sense - And How to Turn Avoidance into Brave Behaviour

It's completely understandable that the first plan of attack when anxiety hits is to turn and run in the other direction, or at the very least, to stop moving towards it.
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Yoga and Meditation Can Reverse DNA Activity Which Causes Stress, Illness, Anxiety and Depression

The mind and the body are a power couple, and like all couples that were meant to be together, the direction of influence goes both ways. The mind can influence the body, and the body can influence the mind – and new research has found that together they can change our DNA.
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The Impact of Screens on Sleep (by Tena Davies)

Obtaining a good night’s sleep is important for our mood, concentration and psychological well-being. The use of technology at night-time can interfere with both the amount that we sleep and the quality of our sleep. Sleep as you may know, is critical for our mental health.
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"What if my child is the bully?"

I was recently interviewed for the Sydney Morning Herald on the topic of bullying. Kasey Edwards noted in our interview that it's common to hear parents share stories of times their child has been bullied, but less common to hear parents talk about times their child did the bullying.
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3 Steps to Stay Calm When Your Child Isn't

"Seeing your child in distress, and particularly if that distress is directed at you, is the most dysregulating experience there is. Wild, out of control thoughts of epic disaster come unbidden. Rage, self doubt and other destructive feelings quickly cloud your thinking. What if you could work to push those thoughts aside, and in a way analogous to meditation, concentrated on being in the moment, concentrated on remembering to breathe? It would help you focus on your child, and on the immediate task before you rather than its global implications." – Claudia Gold
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What is Catastrophizing?

Catastrophizing is an irrational thought a lot of us have in believing that something is far worse than it actually is. Catastrophizing can generally take two forms.
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The Real Definition of Courage

We take so much of our strength and resilience for granted. Courage isn't about being a battle-ready soldier; some days there is courage in saying, "tomorrow is another day". We show courage on a daily basis because our lives and the lives of those we love matter to us.
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Dealing with Big Feelings – Teaching Kids How to Self-Regulate

Life with a small human can be hilarious, wonderful, ridiculous and unpredictable. And wild – so wild. All kids are capable of ‘bewildering’ behaviours that can bring the strongest of us to our knees. These behaviours can take different forms.
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"What if my child is the bully?"

I was recently interviewed for the Sydney Morning Herald on the topic of bullying. Kasey Edwards noted in our interview that it's common to hear parents share stories of times their child has been bullied, but less common to hear parents talk about times their child did the bullying.
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See the Good – How to Reinforce Your Child’s Character Strengths (by Niina Melanen)

Finland. The morning will be spent with eight first-graders who participate in special education. Smiling, Vuorinen says, “Our students all have challenges in controlling themselves. There’s an array of restlessness, lack of restraint, and unpredictability here.”
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Anxiety or ADHD? Why They Sometimes Look the Same and How to Tell the Difference

Anxiety and ADHD are very different, but sometimes the symptoms can look similar. The correct diagnosis is critical to guide treatment and to make sense of things when kids seem to be struggling or when something doesn’t feel quite right.
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ADHD Research Studies with Powerful, Practical Insights.

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) affects children, adolescents and adults. Symptoms include difficulties controlling impulses and temper, maintaining concentration, sitting still, waiting or paying attention for longer periods.
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Kind Kids are Cool Kids. Making sure your child isn’t the bully.

Along the way to being the best grown up version of themselves they can be, all kids will make plenty of mistakes. It we adults are healthy and flourishing, we’ll make plenty too. It’s how we learn and grow. Mistakes just set us all up for the wisdom, insight and strength that it takes to lead a beautiful, full life, free from regret and stagnation.
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Mindfulness: What. How. And The Difference 5 Minutes a Day Will Make

What mindfulness can do is remarkable. Once the domain of Buddhist monks or the ‘alternative’, mindfulness has made its way into modern medicine and modern life, and the world is taking notice.
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What To Do With Sleep Deprivation In Kids

Sleep deprivation is a root cause of many problems that shows up almost every day: fatigue, learning and concentration difficulties, and accidents. Everyone can be affected by sleep deprivation, especially children. Why?
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Raising Emotionally Intelligent Kids & Teens: 'Anger & How to be the Boss of Your Brain'

We're wired to feel. Not just the good feelings but the messy, sweaty, crazy, fierce ones too. Feelings drive our aliveness, our relationships, our decisions and our humanity.
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Mother's Day Poem - When You Thought I Wasn't Looking

When you thought I wasn't looking, I saw you hang my first painting on the refrigerator and I immediately wanted to paint another.
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The BIG FIVE Parenting Skills and 25 great parenting tips. - Michael Grose

Lions are queens and kings of the jungle because they are at the top of the food chain. They have no predators (apart from man) so they lie around seemingly with immunity.
I've always considered encouragement as the king of parenting skills, for the simple reason that if you can be a real encourager then everything else tends to fall into place.
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World Autism Day

Thursday April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to ask ourselves what we know about autism, it is an opportunity to learn new information and to embrace differences. Approximately one in every 100 children is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). You probably know someone in your school, family or community who has Autism.
I have attached a fact sheet about Indicators of Autism, for more information online visit www.autism.org.au.
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About Conflict Resolution

In many cases effective conflict resolution can make the difference between positive and negative outcomes. As long as conflict is resolved effectively it can lead to personal growth. However, if the conflict is not handled effectively, the results can be damaging.
Please follow the link for some great tips on conflict resolution.
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