Development

Growing up can be a testing time for children and their families. Here are some useful tips on how to avoid the growing pains so your child develops into a well-adjusted adult.

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Is your child in a new class without their friends?

When the new classes are sorted out each year, some kids will find themselves separated from their best mates. Here's how to handle it.


Is my child ready to start school?

VIDEO: Watch teachers talk about how you can decide if your child is ready to start Kindergarten.


Starting Kindergarten soon?

If you have a child starting Kindergarten soon, here are some really useful printouts and articles to help you both.


What happens in Kindergarten?

Students from Australia Street Infants School show what happens during a typical day in their Kindergarten classroom.


Starting high school soon?

If you have a child starting high school soon, here are some videos and articles to have you both ready to go!


Preparing for high school

VIDEO: Watch teachers talk about how to make your child's move in to high school less daunting for them and for you.


What happens in Year 7?

Year 7 students explain why teens shouldn't be worried about starting high school and how to get off to a great start in the first few days.


Helping Kindy kids succeed at school

There are many ways to help your child thrive when they start 'big' school.


Smoothing the way when your child changes schools

When it comes to changing schools it's more often the parents who worry the most while the kids just get on with. Here are a few tried and tested ways to help the family settle quickly


Communicating with your school

VIDEO:It's important to stay in regular contact with your school, to support your child's learning. Teachers explain why and how.


Getting off to a good start

WEBCAST SERIES: Hosted by journalist and mum Rachel Friend, the School A to Z webcasts feature a panel of experts answering topical questions from parents.


Talking to your child about sex

AUDIO: Listen to Dr Melissa Kang, a senior lecturer at the University of Sydney and a specialist in adolescent health, chat with Rachel Friend on how to talk about sex with your child.


Time to party

Parties are part and parcel of teenage social life and help mark the move from childhood to adulthood. Here are our tips to ensure your teen and their friends have fun but remain safe.


Getting ready for school camp

It's normal for some kids to feel anxious about going to camp. Here's how to help them enjoy the adventure with confidence.


Talented kids - how hard should parents push them?

Rachel Friend asks experts and parents of talented children how much of their success is from natural ability, and how hard we should push our kids to succeed.


Helping kids learn how to make friends

Not all children are social butterflies and some need help to discover new friends.


Children thrive with parental involvement

Turning the snags at the school sausage sizzle or sewing sequins on costumes for the school play has far more value than parents realise.


Leaving your children at home alone

When you start leaving your kids at home alone, make sure they have some guidelines to follow.


How to parent your tween

Find out how to manage your tween's rapidly expanding list of needs and personal demands.


Knowing your child's teacher

If you haven't yet introduced yourself by name to your child's teacher or teachers, then what are you waiting for?


Dads can do canteen duty, too

Dads who get involved in their kids' school life can give them a greater chance of doing well in the classroom and socially.


Helping your child choose right from wrong

AUDIO: Listen to Dr Simon Longstaff from the St James Ethics Centre chat with James O'Loghlin on how to raise ethically aware kids.


A happy start to school for kids with special needs

Parents often ask what else they can do to help prepare their child for school. Here are some excellent ideas.


Is your child gifted?

Does your child discuss topics like a pint-sized scholar? Or perhaps learnt to read before starting school? They may be gifted ... find out how to identify and support smart kids.


Developing resilience in your child

VIDEO: Children need to be taught resilience so they can deal with life's challenges.


Career planning for your child

VIDEO: Experts talk about how you can help your child broaden their ideas about work and career paths.


Do kids learn better outdoors?

Find out why learning in the great outdoors is better for some kids and enter to win a family weekend at camp.

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