Parenting: more expert advice from our psychologists
The following columns were written by psychologists Jane Dodding and Angie Willcocks. Angie wrote for Mining Family Matters for six years until December 2015, tackling all manner of issues on relationships, parenting, careers and life. We greatly appreciate her input.
If you have a specific issue that isn't tackled below, please click here to ask Jane a question. Please also feel free to offer any comments or ideas for topics that you think might benefit other families. You can also suggest a discussion topic via direct message on our Facebook page, if you'd like to hear what other families have to say.
- Simple tips for staying connected to increasingly independent teens
- Q&A: how to help your child cope with FIFO when he's not a great communicator
- Q&A with Jane Dodding: my FIFO ex-husband and I can't agree on a parenting plan
- Maintaining great connections with your kids when you work away
- Helping new dads to cope when baby makes three
- Q&A: FIFO mum battling guilt, jealousy over toddler
- Q&A: My adult son is an addict and no one will help us
- Helping teenagers to cope with anxiety
- Q&A: how do I stop my daughter getting angry and sad?
- Q&A: coping when kids only want Dad
- Staying connected to your children when you work away
- How to be a great parent for your teenager
- Building resilience in your kids
- A mining couple's guide to surviving early parenthood
- How to survive with young kids and a FIFO husband
- Q&A: How to help kids to cope when mum does FIFO
- Q&A: We've moved and my teenager isn't coping. How can I help her?
- Helping teenagers to cope when a parent works away
- Angie's top tips for helping FIFO kids to cope
- FIFO dads and discipline - how to make it work
- Parenting on the same page: does mum always know best?
- Q&A: My kids are hurting because their FIFO dad is too busy for them
- Q&A: My toddler is very clingy. Is it due to FIFO, and what to do?
- Q&A: Staying connected with young kids and irregular FIFO rosters
- Q&A: I've got three children and a FIFO husband, and I'm not coping
- Q&A: I'm pregnant and my husband wants to start FIFO. What should I do?
- Keeping teens safe when alcohol comes on the scene
- Q&A: Helping your child to understand FIFO
- Q&A: How to handle a young chomper
- Q&A: Taking the stress out of bedwetting
All advice on Mining Family Matters is for general information only and should never be regarded as a substitute for professional health services or crisis services. To talk with a trained volunteer telephone counsellor at any time of the day or night, call Lifeline on 13 11 14. To contact the info line at beyondblue: national depression initiative, phone 1300 22 4636.
More about our psychologists
Jane Dodding completed her psychology degree in 1991 and has worked in Australia and overseas as a clinician and researcher for universities, government and non-government bodies and the private sector. She has a particular interest in preventative care and has co-authored Be Happy Cards – a resource to help enhance the happiness and emotional resilience of children. She also has a passion for supporting rural communities and is the Director of MindsPlus which provides psychology services in rural and remote Australia. She does telephone consultations and can be contacted on 1300 312 202.
Angie Willcocks is a registered psychologist with a private practice in Adelaide. She’s an expert in tackling issues such as depression, anxiety, postnatal depression, child sleep routines and relationship difficulties. She has a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Psychology and a Masters of Counselling Psychology. She is the co-author of The Sensible Sleep Solution: a guide to sleep in your baby’s first year, available on her website www.angiewillcocks.com.