Tag: Child Independence

Children’s Pocket Money @ Sun Herald

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed children’s pocket money and associated responsibilities with Caroline Marcus from the Sun Herald. You can find more information about how much pocket money to give your children, and what they should be doing to earn it,  by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full article is available on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

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 here.

Children’s Television Viewing @ Sun Herald

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed the appropriate amount of television for children with Caroline Marcus from the Sun Herald. You can find more information about children’s television viewing by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full article is available on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

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Being an Only Child @ Triple J

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed the pros and cons of being an only child with Kate O’Toole from Triple J’s Hack program. You can find out more information about only children by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available on the Triple J Hack website or below.

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Children and Video Games

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Video games and young people are a common encounter. I remember my first game and how excited about it I was. Parents can learn more about video games and how it impacts on children’s lives by reading this brief fact sheet.

What are video games?

Video games are electronic, interactive games that come in many forms: CDs, DVDs, internet downloads and online games. They can be played on a personal home computer (PC), television or portable hand-held device.

Is it ok if my child plays video games?

The safest way for your child to play video games is when you play together. This will ensure that they are learning from the game, and also give you quality time to have fun together. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when playing video games with your child:

  • Set a limit of one hour per day maximum. This will ensure there is still time in the day for other physical and creative activities. Video games are also an effective reward for homework completion.
  • Ask your child how the game works – this is the best way to engage in what your child is learning. You can also use this information to pick up on what your child is currently interested in, and broaden their knowledge of the topic through other means such as books and movies.
  • Choose games that have learning value and portray positive messages. Ideally, games for kids should explore real activities, provide opportunities to take turns and play as a team, and involve decision making process to promote control and independence.

Benefits of video games

Video games can have benefits, but these are dependent on the content of the game, time spent playing the game and whether the game involves group play.

  • Developmental benefits: hand/eye co-ordination, decision making and problem solving skills, multitasking and improved self esteem through mastery of the game.
  • Social benefits: Learning to take turns, be part of a team and a sense of fairness.
  • Educational benefits: Assist memory and processing speed skills, can incorporate curriculum-based material.

Problems with playing video games

Most risks associated with game playing come from prolonged use. Therefore, moderation of your child’s game playing is the key. Unregulated gaming may have the following effects::

  • Obsessive behaviour
  • Reduced capacity for empathy
  • Increased antisocial tendencies
  • Lack of physical exercise and associated health effects.
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Teenage Tattoos @ Nine msn

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley discussed the impact of teenage tattoos  with the reporters Jay Savage from Nine msn News.  You can find out more information about tattoos, responsibility and adolescents parenting tips by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full interview is available on the Nine msn News website.

If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please schedule a time. Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.

Visit our website for more information about our quirky kid clinic. For enjoying unbelievable offers and discounts on our therapeutic resources, visit our shop page.