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Modern Families

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal Child Psychologist, was invited to attend to the ‘Hot Seat’  – burning issues & bid Ideas as part of the ABC-TV’s program hosted by the UNSW.

What it is about:

Modern technology is rearranging the possibilities for families and relationships. We can fertilise eggs in-vitro and buy sperm over the internet. People can have sex without any danger of having babies, and have babies without having sex.

Mother Families

Image of a family and children as part of a flyer promoting an event on mother families

Families can have a mum and dad, or one or the other, or two mums, or two dads. We ask what the “natural” family looks like, and how that should affect the family arrangements we recognise. We also ask what happens when a whole generation starts having children in non-traditional family units. How will the next generation of children turn out? What does it mean for the future of our society and our species.

PANELLISTS:

Professor Robert Brooks, UNSW evolutionary biologist
and author of Sex Genes and Rock ‘n Roll. Jane McCredie, writer, journalist, publisher, author of Making Girls and Boys, Inside the Science of Sex. Mrs Babette Francis, mother, writer and Endeavor Forum lobbyist. Dr Kimberley O’Brien, child psychologist, lecturer and media commentator.

WHERE: Ritchie Theatre, Scientia, UNSW (enter from Gate 11 Botany Street)

WHEN: Wednesday 14 September, 6.15-7.30pm RSVP essential (seating is limited): Register &

pre-submit questions at www.science.unsw.edu.au

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NSW Education

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

The Quirky Kid Clinic is proud to be one of the contributor to the news contributor to the School A to Z  produced by the NSW Department of Education and Communities.

The website is  aiming to create an online community with comprehensive homework and ‘school life’ support for parents that is easy to use, relevant and engaging.

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Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, participated as an expert contributor, among many other professionals, and collaborated on “How to parent your tween‘ and ‘Sexting – what every parent should know

The Quirky Kid is committed in developing well informed and practical content for parents and families. You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum. You can also provide your own opinion on our Facebook page or Twitter at @quirky_kid

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Our Newest Resource

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

A Guide to Make Friends and Keep Them

How to be a Friend: A Guide to Making and Keeping Them

We are very proud to launch our newest therapeutic resource written and illustrated by Mark Brown and Laurie Krasny Brown -the acclaimed creators of Arthur. How to Be a Friend is the perfect prop for parents and professionals working with children to build social confidence and explore playground politics.

The book offers practical suggestions for making and keeping friends, resolving arguments, overcoming shyness, dealing with bossy children,  handling bullies and more.

How to Be a Friend is easy-to-read and provides children with many fun examples and illustrations of how to be a good friend. The book was published to support our social skills program ‘The Best of Friends’. For more information on this program, click on the link.

You will find out:

– Who can be your friends
– How to show someone you would like to be friends
– How to handle bossy kids and bullies too
– The best ways to be a friend and ways NOT to be a friend
– Ways to settle an argument with a friend

This high quality Australian Edition has been produced on a Hard Cover with 33 uncoated and illustrated pages

Buy now a copy and head to the Quirky Kid Shoppes.

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Children and Creativity

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Last month the Quirky Kid team and Pilot Pen collaborated by developing the ‘Pilot Pen Creativity Report’.

The report initiated discussion around the increase of computer use in classrooms as handwriting subsides and keyboard confidence continues to grow among school-aged children.

Watch a Video about the benefits of keeping a diary:

Our work involved reviewing independent scientific research to identify the benefits of handwriting and creative writing in children. The report revealed handwriting was a more effective for children in Year 2 as a means of expressing story ideas in a limited time frame, as compared to using keyboards for the same period of time. The children involved in this research were able to produce almost twice as many ideas using pen and paper as compared to computer technology.

You can view the research here.

Quirky Kid regularly offers consultation to organizations and  companies to support interesting projects with extensive research, clinical research and report writing.

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Angry Boys @ SMH

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, reviewed last week’s segment of Angry Boys (ABC) as suggested by SMH Media editor. You can read her review by visiting the SMH website.

You can find useful, practical and informative advice about parenting and young people by visiting our resources page, – or discussing it on our forum. You can also provide your own opinion on our Facebook page or Twitter at @quirky_kid

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time.

Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media. View our media appearances to-date.

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