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Safe Strangers: when children get lost

One of Australia’s leading organisations focused on child safety says teaching children that all strangers are dangerous can do more harm than good. It is important for children to identify "safe strangers" who could help them if they were to get lost.

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Snapshot of Australian Families

Happy (54%) and stressed (36%) were the two words parents felt best described family life.

31.3% of families are only able to find time to eat breakfast together on weekends.

53% of parents believe they spend less time with their children than their parents spent with them.

40% of parents have struggled to meet essential expenses over the past 12 months.

Monir and son Max
Yes, life will be different for your family, but that doesn't mean it can't be wonderful. It takes time and a lot of hard work but in the long run autism is only one part of your family's story.
Elizabeth Sarian

Dad: A film about autism and fatherhood

The 36-minute short film Dad was produced by Autism Awareness Australia, and recounts the stories of 12 Australian fathers talking about their parenting success stories, struggles and what it means to be a father to a child on the autism spectrum.

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Why there's a shortage of male educators

A Macquarie University study has found male educator numbers are declining, estimating primary school teachers will disappear entirely from government schools by 2054 and be ‘extinct’ in Australia by 2067 if the decline continues at the current rate.

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The future of intergenerational care

Researchers from Griffith University are exploring how to get older people (including aged care residents) and young children to interact more broadly while in care. The results may hold implications for the future care of both children and the elderly.

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Perseverance: Teaching the value of effort

Learning to persevere is an important skill for children to learn and researchers have found parents play a very valuable role in modelling the behaviour. It’s all about trying, failing, and if you are a parent, being seen to fail without giving up.

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Physical discipline and parent attitudes

A Royal Children’s Hospital poll has found a significant proportion of Australian parents hold attitudes and beliefs in support of physical discipline, but at the same time the vast majority use positive tactics to promote children's good behaviour.

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Sport and Music: Shaping brain and body

Many children start music and sport as preschoolers, gaining the physical health and cognitive development benefits. But how can parents encourage children's motivation to persevere when acquiring skills moves from play to more rigorous practise?

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Six steps for parenting ‘Alpha children’

While all young children are somewhat ego driven, for some families the problem of who's in charge goes a lot further than that. Clinical counsellor Dr Deborah MacNamara says there are a group of "Alpha children” who can make parenting a challenge.

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Copy Cat

Like you, children experience many different emotions every day. Make faces that mirror how your child seems to be feeling. Talk to him/her about why you're making those faces. “You are smiling and seem happy, and I am smiling and happy too.”

When you imitate the face that your child makes, you help him/her express what he/she thinks and feels even though he/she can't speak yet. These "conversations without words" begin to help your child learn about others’ feelings and emotions!

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