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Articles about 3 year olds

Baby girl having fun with her dad in their backyard

Childhood milestones: When to seek advice

We've all read the advice on milestones and what your baby or toddler should be doing and when. But what happens if your child isn't meeting their milestone? With conflicting information it can be hard to know when to stop worrying or investigate further.

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Dad is helping toddler daughter to get dressed

Family routines: Planning for success

A good day starts with calm, but frantic mornings followed by busy days and finally rushed bedtimes are often the norm. We ask experts to talk us through strategies for helping young children manage daily transitions that promote a happy household.

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Little boys having fun with their father at home

Tips for raising boys during a pandemic

Raising boys isn’t always easy! Add a global pandemic and this task becomes much more challenging. Indeed, there is mounting evidence that as the COVID crisis continues, parents in many countries are struggling to keep their sons healthy and occupied.

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Child sleeping

The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dr Yaqoot Fatima, Research Fellow for University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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The role of gestures in a child's learning

Many of us speak with our hands and now experts suggest always using our hands when talking with children. While young children are forming and expanding their vocabulary, gestures help them bridge the gap between words and the world they live in.

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Mother upset at daughter

Why spanking children doesn't work

For many years, spanking was considered to be a ‘normal’ way to discipline a child. However, one of the most widespread studies into the act of spanking has revealed that no studies found physical punishment predicted better child behaviour over time.

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An exhausted mum trying to take a nap with her baby

Supporting a child with a sick parent

Communicating the news of an ill parent to a child can be challenging. Families might be caught between wanting to give children information, but stopping short of giving them too much. Professor Kerry Sherman shares some advice based on a child's age.

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Mothers and their children in a sensory play group

Play: How and why to play with your child

Parents have an important role in growing their child’s imagination through play which enhances their thinking later in life. Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer says her work shows how important it is for carers to play in new ways with their children.

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