Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contributing to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.
Please enjoy this resource as an easy access database to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications.
July 2018 – October 2018 Update
Channel Ten News – Lessons for Life on the Changes of the NSW Curriculum on Mental health. Read the story here.
Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, Georgie Gardiner from Channel 9 and Charlotte Dawson participated on a round table discussion hosted by Madison Magazine Deputy Features Editor, Alexandra Carton.
This is a regular feature by Madison Magazine. Last month they have featured Kevin Rudd, Tim “Rosso” Ross and Latika Bourke talking social media.
These three prominent women met over a morning tea, to discuss the topic “Is motherhood overrated?” and talked about the pressures placed on modern mothers, how much identity and freedom a woman can expect to retain or lose when she becomes a mother, and what sort of effect parenting styles or decisions that mothers make, can have on children. You can view some of the interview here:
They also to talk about the pressures placed on women to become mothers at all, and how much women are defined on their choice to become, or not become mothers.
Head to your favorite news-agency or App store to find out more.
You can continue this discussion on our forum the Quirky Kid Huddle – and Kimberley will try to respond to your comments.
Recently, ABC2 and Quirky Kid worked together to review the New Little Charley Bear TV program showing on ABC2
This adorable new show features a creative and playful teddy bear called Charley under the watchful eye of his friend, the Narrator – voiced by Gavin & Stacey Star, James Corden.
Kimberley O’Brien, Principal Child Psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic says “From a psychological perspective, “Little Charlie Bear” encourages young children to engage in imaginative play, with an emphasis on role play, dress ups and drama. This not only nurtures self-confidence and creativity, it provides toddlers and pre-schoolers with the opportunity to test out different scenarios in the process of play. Like other interactive programs, “Little Charley Bear” is a catalyst for active rather than passive entertainment, giving parents and children a chance to be part of the action in the lounge room. What better way to exercise the imagination and learn new skills”.
You can visit the show’s website here: http://www.abc.net.au/tv/programs/little-charley-bear/
Nurturing and developing writing skills in young people allows for development of great tools that aid children throughout their schooling years and into adulthood. Writing and storytelling let children expand their imagination, extend their communication abilities and it also offers them a space to explore their feelings.
As children grow, their understanding of themselves changes. Writing about thoughts, feelings and ideas is one way in which children are able to distinguish themselves as separate from their family unit, and unique among their peers. Sharing their stories, or their journal entries in the lower primary years allows for a sense of self to develop and lets the child understand that their ideas may differ from those of the people around them, and that what they are sharing, writing, and thinking about are valuable and interesting entities.
As children progress through Middle school and High school, writing and being able to communicate through the written word becomes vital as many of the subjects offered at this level are centered upon the need to express thoughts and ideas, as well as recount learned facts.
Kimberley O’Brien is the principal psychologist at the Quirky Kid Clinic and has worked as a child psychologist for 16 years. Kim notes that from a mental well-being point of view “writing provides a healthy outlet for self-expression, reducing the likelihood of behavioural, social and emotional issues.” Positive outcomes of getting your child to write may be: better communication skills, a developed imagination and pride in creating something creative.
If your child is struggling to write or express themselves with the written word, there are many positive ways to encourage them.
Consider finding a diary for your child to decorate and make their own, and ask them to jot down ideas, feelings or even little stories or funny lines. Have a sharing time allocated each week in which they can read you, or let you read, what they have written. Offer praise and encouragement.
Suggest your child participates in writing competitions or to write a letter to their favorite magazine. Even if the child doesn’t win or have their work published, the process of completing a formatted writing piece, with encouragement and praise, will build confidence to keep writing.
Ask your child to write a letter or make a card for someone, and then send it. It could even be a letter to someone in the household, like the family pet. This way the child is learning about writing as a communication and can be a fun exercise that they will enjoy, especially if they receive a card or letter back!
It is more important to get a young child writing than to worry about sentence structure, grammar or spelling. Those things will improve with the frequency of writing, and if you daunt them with too many rules and regulations, they may not enjoy the experience and realize that writing is actually really fun!