• Podcast: Dealing with agression

    Many parents have problems dealing with aggression in their children, whether it’s a touch at home or a tussle in the schoolyard. Professor Matt Sanders says aggression is normal, perhaps even innate and a parent’s role is to help children learn appropriate ways of behaving.

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  • Podcast: Encouraging creativity in your child

    While your child may never be Leonardo da Vinci, Professor Matt Sanders says all children have a creative side and exploring that creativity is an important aspect of their development.

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  • Podcast: Professor Matt Sanders talks about family meals

  • Podcast: Teaching children to share

    Professor Matt Sanders talks about teaching children to share.

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  • Podcast: Coping with disappointment

    Parents may instinctively attempt to cocoon their children from
    disappointment and upset, but that’s not always to the benefit of

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  • Podcsat: Teaching children about money

    While teaching children to be financially literate might seem like a progressively more complex undertaking, it all begins with conversations at home.

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  • Podcast: Helping children manage stress

    Stress has become a part of modern life, and now even our children are affected by tension and anxiety. “Children can feel stress from a very early age,” says Professor Matt Sanders, Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre from the University of Queensland.

    “You can have infants feeling stressed about different things and a lot of the distress that children feel is age-related so there are different common fears at different ages .”

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  • Podcast: Beat the morning rush

    There are lunches to be organized, uniforms and work clothes to be
    ironed, teeth to be brushed and beds to be made: a seemingly impossible
    list to be achieved in the short amount of time between waking up and
    leaving the house.

    If you can get it right, your whole family will have a better day;
    if you get it wrong though, the pre-school morning rush can be
    ‘nightmare-land’ for everyone.

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  • Podcast: Stranger danger

    During infancy, babies may instinctively exhibit an
    alarmed reaction to people they’re unfamiliar with, but older children
    may not be so cautious.

    “It’s important to educate our children in a way that makes them
    wary of people they’re not familiar with, who may be out to cause them
    harm,” says Professor Matt Sanders, Director of the Parenting and
    Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland.

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  • Podcast: Children and advertising

    It’s estimated that children will see 350,000 commercials before they finish high school, and it’s important that they’re capable of viewing those ads with a critical eye.

    While many parents might prefer that it was not the case, there is no way that you can prevent your children from being exposed to advertising.

    “You can’t create an environment for children and put them in cotton wool,” says Professor Matt Sanders, Director of the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Family Support Centre.

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  • Podcast: Managing homework

    Homework can be a battleground for parents as families dispute the when, where and how much of schoolwork at home – so how do you get the balance right?

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  • Podcast: Talking to your child about death

    Talking to your young children about death might seem a difficult conversation, but experts warn against leaving it to the last moment.

    It’s hard to have all the answers for children when someone close dies, but it’s still important to have the conversation.

    Death is a part of life, and it’s important that children are prepared for it, according to Triple P’s Associate Professor Alan Ralph.

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  • Podcast: Children and lying

    We all want to be able to trust our children, so teaching them about honesty is a good place to start.

    While many parents may worry about their young child’s tendency to tell fibs, Professor Matt Sanders, the Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, says some lying is to be expected, especially between the ages of three and five.

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  • Parenting: Letting go of your kids

    At what stage should we let our children make mistakes and stand on their own two feet? Madonna King and Professor Alan Ralph discuss letting go of your children.

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  • Podcast: Managing problems at school

    Ask most parents what they want for their children and ‘a good education’ will be one of the answers – so what do you do when your child is having problems at school?

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  • Podcast: Managing stress

    Coping with stress is an inevitable part of day-to-day life for most parents, but there are strategies that can be employed to minimize that tension.

    “It’s not so much the experience of stress that’s the problem, it’s how we manage it,”

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  • Podcast: Lifelong parenting

    As parents of older children already know, parenting is for life. “It’s a lifelong commitment to another person,” adds Professor Sanders.

    The relationships between children and their parents do change though, as the children grow older, and the parent’s role as an authority figure is less important.

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  • Parenting: Managing disobedience

    It’s the most likely reason that parents will seek the help of professionals: disobedient children. So what can you do about it?

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  • Podcast: Supporting gifted and talented children

    While they may often be high-achieving and capable children, gifted and talented kids still need support and love to fulfill their potential.

    While resources are rightfully channeled into assisting children with learning difficulties, it’s possible that children at the other end of the spectrum don’t get quite as much attention.

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  • Podcast: Sore loser syndrome

    Everyone knows the disappointment of losing a game or competition, but when those feelings of sadness or discontent become uncontrolled then it may be a case of ‘sore loser syndrome’.

    No one wins all the time, but for some, the experience of losing can be a lot more difficult to handle than for others.

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  • Podcast: Teenage parties

    It’s a request that can inspire apprehension in the even the most confident parents – ‘Can I have a party at our place?’Teenage parties are especially worrying for parents, especially now that social networking means that invitations are often sent to many more people than originally intended.

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  • Parenting: Getting along with your in-laws

    Even though there are whole joke books dedicated to gags about the in-laws, there’s no getting away from the fact that your relationship with your parents-in-law is a serious one, and it’s important to get it right.

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  • Podcast: Encouraging optimism

    Research shows that people who have an optimistic temperament have more success in sport, academically, their marriages are more successful and they even do better in politics – so how do you prepare your child for a life of optimism, especially if their tendency is to see the glass as half-empty?

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  • Podcast: Managing conflict

    Often conflict in the home arises when two parents have different ideas about parenting their children – whether it’s what the kids eat, what sport they’re allowed to play or what school they attend.

    According to parenting expert Professor Matt Sanders, conflict at home is normal and healthy – the challenge for parents is how well conflict is managed.

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  • Podcast: Work-life balance

    Even the most accomplished professionals and experienced parents struggle with balancing their demanding careers with their parenting role – so what’s the secret?

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  • Podcast: Managing separation anxiety

    “It’s the distress that children experience with a parent – who is the safe and familiar figure – not being there,”

    About three to four per cent of children will develop a significant separation anxiety problem – so what can parents do to help them?

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  • Podcast: Parenting boys and girls

    It is necessary to parent boys and girls differently? Professor Matt Sanders says the most important thing – for both genders – is for parents to have effective parenting strategies in place.

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  • Podcast: Talking to your teenager

    Teenagers aren’t renowned for being forthcoming about their lives – so how do you ind out if there’s anything in their lives that’s really bothering them?

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  • Podcast: Boosting self-esteem

    Boosting your child’s self-esteem is one way to ensure they’re on the right track through life, but sometimes it’s easier said than done.

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  • Podcast: Helping your child communicate

    For moms and dads of small children, watching their offspring acquire
    language can be one of the most rewarding aspects of parenting.

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  • Podcast: Encouraging good learning habits

    “It’s not just a question of how we respond to specific questions that
    children ask… it’s almost like we’re creating an environment where
    kids know that we’re interested in what they’re communicating to us…
    You take the time, you’re prepared to interrupt to what you’re doing,
    you’re prepared to listen to whatever it is the child is endeavoring to

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  • Podcast: Quality time

    As we get busier, it can be harder to find time for family, but parenting expert Professor Matt Sanders says it’s worth the effort.

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  • Podcast: Taking time out for parents

    Taking time out for yourself one of the hardest things to achieve when you’ve got kids, but it’s also one of the most important, according to Professor Matt Sanders, Director of the University of Queensland’s Parenting and Support Centre.

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  • Podcast: The post-school transition

    “There’s a lot of parents out there who think their opinion doesn’t matter all that much, but they’re wrong, because kids at this stage of their life are going through a transition,” he says. “A lot of kids are quite uncertain about how they’re going to handle this next phase, whether it be starting work or going on to university.”

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  • Podcasts: Kids and alcohol

    As with many things, Professor Sanders points out that the process of educating children about alcohol starts when kids are young, and their parents are the best possible example.

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  • Podcast: The sex talk

    It’s something many parents dread – the inevitable query, ‘Mummy, Daddy, where did I come from?’

    Parenting advice from Professor Matt Sanders for how to handle THAT awkward chat with your children.

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  • Podcast: Eating disorders

    When something goes wrong in a child’s life, parents inevitably feel responsible.

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  • Podcast: Fears and phobias

    It seems almost ridiculous that little ones have big fears and phobias – but they do.

    From using the toilet, to turning the night-light off – and everything in between.

    So how do you manage that?

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  • Podcast: What age should you give a child a mobile phone

    Don’t answer immediately: just think. At what age should you give your child a mobile telephone?

    Would it be for them to socialize with other children.

    Or strictly for security reasons – like you want them to catch the bus home from school each afternoon – and want to know they are safe?

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  • Parenting: Online bullying

    So much has been said about bullying in recent times – and where people shake their heads is the issue of online bullying.
    On the surface, it can seem less hurtful. But that’s not the real picture.
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  • Podcast: Bad language

    Years ago, some parents washed their children’s mouths out with soapy water when they were caught using bad language.
    But language has changed; and some of those words considered taboo then, are widely accepted now.
    So if you’re a parent, how do you deal with bad language in the home.

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  • Podcast: Rebellious teenagers

    Some parents say teenagers slam the door on their parents at 13, and open it again at 18.
    But how do you deal with teenagers?
    Does every teen go through a period of rebellion?
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  • Podcast: Childrens manners

    Remember when you were young: you’d call the neighbor Mr or Mrs – never by their first name!

    How things have changed.

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  • Podcast: Preparing for emergencies

    How do you prepare children for emergencies?
    What do you teach them – and when?

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  • Podcast: Leaving home

    At some point all our children leave home. Sometimes it’s to travel overseas, or to set up house with their friends; at other times it’s because boarding school beckons.
    What issues, as a parent, should you think about when it comes time for your children to leave.

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  • Podcast: Children’s pocket money

    Madonna King and Professor Matt Sanders discuss children’s pocket money.
  • Podcast: Toxic friends

    Madonna King and Professor Matt Sanders discuss the tricky matter of toxic friends.
  • Podcast: Kids and pets

    Madonna King (ABC Brisbane) and Professor Matt Sanders (Triplep.net) discuss kids and pets.

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