Tag: Children

Motherhood @ Madison

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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.

Little Charley Bear @ ABC2

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

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/


Kids Writing


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

By: Paris Herbert-Taylor

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.

Encouragement Tips:

  • 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!
  • Use resources like the Tell Me A Story Cards to encourage imagination and support for creative writing.


  • 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!

Discuss children writing with Paris and our team at the Quirky Kid Huddle – our parenting forum. We have also prepared a list of some upcoming writing competitions for kids and are keen to hear if you have any more tips and ideas.


Paris Herbert-Taylor is a Creative writer for the Quirky Kid Clinic. This is her first post. © Quirky Kid
Information for this piece was taken from the Raising Children Network website, parenting Discussion forums and from an interview with  Child Psychologist Kimberley O’Brien.


Curliest Questions @ Men’s Health Magazine

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Kimberley was commissioned by Men’s Health Magazine  to write about the curliest questions kids ask. The question for this segment as ” Why everybody die?” You can find out more about answering your children’s questions about death and dying by visiting our resources page or discussing it on our forum.

The full article is available here. or below:

Why everyone dye?

Why they’re asking
“It’s a developmental milestone,” says Kimberley O’Brien, lead child psychologist at Sydney’s Quirky Kid psychology clinic. “It marks a child’s ability to see life as a series of beginnings and endings. From about the age of three or four, they start to understand that things aren’t forever. They start to mature to a point where they don’t feel that they are invincible. That goes for you as a parent, too. Also, by now they may have experienced a death – a pet or a grandparent.”

The answer
“It’s always good to have them reading stories that cover the process of dying and death – even before they can understand the concept fully,” says O’Brien. “Some people will explain the process in religious terms – Fido’s gone to heaven, for example – but in general, don’t use explanations like that if you don’t subscribe to those beliefs yourself. You’ll only have to backtrack later on.”

The pay-off
Get this one right and your kid will be better able to cope with loss when it arises, empathise with others affected by death and dying, and be equipped to deal with the resurgence of thoughts about mortality that often strike in the teenage years.

Useful book
Beginnings and Endings with Lifetimes in Between.
Bryan Mellonie and Robert Ingpen (illus.); Paper Tiger, 1983.

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.} else {