How to talk to your children about the coronavirus

(Amanda Dell, ABC News)

The coronavirus and concerns about its spread are dominating daily life – and children are not immune from getting caught up in the anxiety surrounding it. So as a parent, what can you do to reassure and support your child? This article offers some common sense, practical advice for parents. First, shield your children from the rolling news coverage – instead, you can translate what they need to know in a more appropriate way. It’s also important not to dismiss their concerns, and keeping checking in with them.

How to pick the ‘right’ sport for your child

(Moataz Hamde, ABC Life)

Football, tennis, basketball? How do you choose the ‘right’ sport for your child? Begin with reframing the question – let them choose the sport that’s right for them. This article talks with experts in their field – parents, a child psychologist, and a government sports department – to explore the issue of getting kids involved in sport. Exposure to a variety of sports is the key – and consider that for some kids, sport might not be their thing. 

Humans aren’t the only ones that help out their adult kids – here’s why animals do it too

(Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers,

Criticising parents for the way they parent has become something of an international sport. ‘Helicopter’ parents are attacked for hovering over their kids, producing ‘boomerang’ kids, who return home after heading out into the world. If you’re helping out your adult kids, are you getting it all wrong? No, say the authors, who point to the animal kingdom for many examples where parents continue to support their offspring. Meerkats, for instance, stay close to home so their can inherit territory when their mum dies.

Teens are tolerant but uneducated about religion, study finds

(Adam Carey and Anna Prytz, The Age)

A new study of Australian Gen Z teenagers has found that one in four don’t have a positive attitude towards people of Islamic and Hindu faiths. Yet 90 per cent feel that Australia’s religious diversity makes it a better place to live. The study, Religious literacy of Australia’s Gen Z teens, showed that teens who received a general education about religion were more tolerant of the beliefs of others. According to the study’s authors, it supports the case for general religious education to be taught more widely.

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