Archive | January 2019

How to handle a fussy eater; a short guide


If you have a fussy eater at home, it can be tough getting them to finish a meal at dinnertime. Fussy eating is actually a normal part of childhood and is often more about children wanting to be independent than it is about not wanting to eat certain foods. Fussy eating is their way of exploring their environment and asserting independence. Children are likely to become less fussy as they get older, but here are a few tips to encourage them to eat a wide range of foods;

Make mealtimes a pleasant, low-stress time. Have regular mealtimes and try not to worry about food or drinks being spilled. Turn off all distractions like the TV and make mealtimes ‘family time’ so everyone can enjoy the process.

Give children realistic expectations with food. You could start with asking them to eat one piece of carrot and work up to a mouthful.

Praise your child when they try a new food, and try to ignore it if they are being fussy about food. If they get lots of attention for being fussy, they may continue the behaviour to keep the attention.

Make food fun; cut healthy food into fun shapes to entice children to eat them, or let children help prepare food as they are more likely to eat food they helped prepare.

The Wishing Well foundation

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment.

Support the Wishing Well

The Wishing Well uses its funds to help children in need access all manners of developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments. The Wishing Well takes referrals for any child/young person in out-of-home care in NSW.  Applications are assessed by qualified personnel and on a case-by-case basis.  The decision to fund an application is affected by the following:

  • Funding availability
  • The support the child/young person has to access the proposed therapies
  • The capacity and willingness of the Carer Household to support the child/young person
  • Assessment, which recommends and supports the proposed therapy as relevant to meeting the particular needs of the child/young person

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:



Supporting children’s emotional and social development through behaviour management; a short guide


Parents and carers can help children manage their behaviour by providing boundaries, as it helps children feel secure and self-confident knowing that they are being looked after in a stable environment. Promoting positive behaviour involves a positive and supportive learning environment, strategies for children to build their skills and strengthen their positive behaviour, and strategies for decreasing negative behaviours.

To create a positive and supportive learning environment, ensure that the parent/child relationship is a strong one. Children need to feel loved, cared for, and to know that their needs will be met. Give children boundaries, ensuring that discipline has its place. Ensure that there is time in each day to spend with children to build and maintain positive relationships. This encourages caring and cooperation, as well as works to increase their self-esteem, particularly through positive attention.

There are many strategies for building and strengthening positive behaviours in children, including through; praise, rewards, routines, setting expectations and limits, and giving choices.

Strategies to decrease negative behaviours include helping children learn an appropriate behaviour to replace the undesired behaviour with. Avoid giving attention to undesired behaviours and instead focus on the positive, giving praise and rewards when they behave positively.

Phoenix Rising for Children

Phoenix Rising For Children (PRFC) are accredited by The Office of The Children’s Guardian, peak government body in NSW for child protection. PRFC was established in 2001 and are experienced in provision of specialist services to children and their families for Family & Community Services, Non Government Agencies, Family Law Court Matters and Private Family Agreements. PRFC operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

PRFC’s focus is the wellbeing and safety of children while providing parents with opportunities to care for and engage with their children. These visits allow parents to demonstrate relationship and parenting skills.

PRFC’s qualified staff closely monitor contact visits in a supportive and positive way. We understand each family has a unique story and we seek to bring clarity and resolution whilst facilitating a service that is both safe and enjoyable for children and parents.

Phoenix Rising For Children have experience and expertise working with children and families affected by difficult and stressful circumstances.

We provide:

  • In excess of 17 years experience providing supervised
  • contact services
  • Immediate availability to accept family referrals
  • Qualified, experienced professional family supervisors
  • High level of confidentiality
  • 24 hour/ 365 days per year support to clients and personnel
  • Detailed, well written reports appropriate for court matters


The services we provide include; supervised family contact, supervised transportation, supervised handover, mentoring and youth work support. We also provide interim supervised contact, pre-requested contact visit meetings between children and supervisors, and detailed contact visit reports.


We are contactable in the following ways:

T: 02 9873 3992, 

Write to us at PO Box 71, Oatlands 2117 or


Learn more about our services at