Should I lie to my child about Santa?

It’s that time of the year again when parents deliberate over whether to lie – or continue the lie – to their kids about Santa Claus. Many parents don’t feel comfortable “lying” to their child just to prop up a popular myth. But does lying about whether Santa exists really do children any psychological harm? […]

Children are not sponges

You’ve heard it a million times before. “Children are like sponges. They just soak up every drop of information.” And to personify this sponge simile there’s even a popular Nickelodeon character called Sponge Bob Square Pants;  a vapid sea sponge that spouts inane jabberwocky. Recent social research shows that the sponge or ‘fill it up’ theory […]

Another way to celebrate the end of the year

In the past at Treehouse, we have celebrated our end of year celebrations with the traditional Santa, gifts and songs that the children would be learning over the weeks leading up to the special event. On the day the children and educators (mostly educators) would all sit around and sing these songs to their family […]

Here’s another reason kids don’t belong in detention: trauma changes growing brains

A bill that would release the 112 children in immigration detention in Australia will soon go before the House of Representatives. The bill passed the Senate last week, but it could be rejected by a government-majority House. While it’s widely accepted that detention is bad for child asylum seekers, the long-term effects of that harm […]

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