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Why childhood social skills are important

Writing, reading and maths are half the story for your child's success, but new research says we need to focus on soft skills. A study has found that a kindergartener’s social skills play a big part in what determines their success later in life.

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Why spend one-on-one time with your child

Interested in boosting your child’s self-confidence, brain development, language and social skills? More one-on-one time may be part of the answer, contributing numerous benefits to a child's development according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Teaching children about body boundaries

When is the right time to teach children about privacy, both in terms of their own bodies and those of others? It's important to remember that curiosity about bodies is part of normal, healthy child development, but there are complexities for parents.

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Boost imagination with ‘loose parts’ play

It’s easy to define toys as objects with a distinct form: a car, a doll or a toy train. However, if we broaden our definition of playthings to include everyday objects or 'loose parts', we can promote imagination and create rich play for children.

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The importance and benefits of free play

In an effort to give children the best possible start in life it is possible to fill every spare moment with activities. This does however put pressure on parents and risks leaving little time for vital play, an important part of brain development.

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Twin Milestones – expect the unexpected

Parents of twins can be unsettled if one child is walking or talking long before the other but it’s difficult to know when to seek advice or assistance. Associate Professor Jeff Craig says while twins can be similar, they can also be quite different.

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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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Children's activities on family holidays

To make sure your next holiday is successful both on the road and at your destination, don’t forget to pack plenty of activities for the children and remember that time spent travelling can actually be a wonderful time to connect with your family.

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