Parenting Ideas

To support you - our parents - and our teachers, St Matthew’s has now joined up with Parenting Ideas. Parenting Ideas connects parents and educators to expert child development knowledge through first class digital channels and they accompany it with a genuine human interface to make parenting support more accessible and impactful.

Through this website, we have videos, articles and other resources to share with you. We hope that this will support effective school and parent relationships. 


The parenting techniques we employ have a significant and lasting impact on our children and their development. We all want the same thing for our students, and our children - to be happy, healthy, reslient and well-adjusted people. If you're interested in expanding your skills and confidence in effective parenting you can read up on the latest insights through one of Parenting Ideas' eGuides, or by watching one of their videos. 


Webinar: Encouraging good behaviour

Presented by Dr Justin Coulson

8 June 2022 8:00pm AEST

Discipline is one of the most confusing and challenging topics that parents grapple with. When you look up the word discipline in the dictionary, the first definition is “punishment”. But this is a relatively new way of understanding the word. Until a couple of hundred years ago, to be disciplined meant to be shown a way to follow. This webinar, presented by Dr Justin Coulson is for every parent who has ever been so desperate to get their kids to ‘behave’ that they’ve tried Triple P, Super-Nanny, 1-2-3 Magic, and pretty much everything else out there, and still found themselves stuck. It explores the concept of discipline and how parents can encourage good behaviour in children.

Key learning and discussion points include:

  • why the centuries-old strategies we still cling to should be left in the past
  • how we get discipline wrong and why
  • real world examples of discipline that are as imperfect as parents and their kids, but that still work
  • ideas for discipline that turn everything you thought you knew about the topic on its head
  • applicable strategies for everyone


St Matthew’s has special access to vouchers that can be redeemed for webinars delivered by Parenting Ideas. The voucher code for this webinar is ENCOURAGE and can be used by you in the Parenting Ideas online shop, where the webinars are sold. The voucher will reduce the webinar cost to $0 at the checkout.


Helping children make and keep friends

How can we promote critical friendship skills in children? Watch the video here to explore what to do when friendship problems occur.

Refining your parenting style

Evidence shows that kids respond well to a mixture of two parenting approaches. Watch the video to learn how to refine your style so your child receives the type of parenting they need. 

Managing your child's anxiety

When anxiety becomes overwhelming, it can impact on children's happiness, wellbeing and ability to learn. There's so much parents can do to support children and young people who are anxious.


10 Essential Optimism Skills To Teach Your Child So They Can Achieve

Bring Out Your Child's Confidence

12 Essential Coping Strategies

17 Essential Social Skills Every Child Needs to Make and Retain Friends