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Baby girl child sitting on toilet with seat

Blast off to toilet training success

Toilet training can be a challenging time for parents, carers and children. Many parents are unsure about how and when to start. When you search for help the information can be overwhelming, so how do you know what is right for you and your child?

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A toddler is using a smartphone at the breakfast table

Avoid screen time before school: Study

A French study has found that screen time in the morning can negatively impact a child’s language ability. Dr Manon Collet says children who were exposed to screens before school were three times more likely to develop primary language disorders.

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Father and daughter having fun

Baby-bonding: Secure attachment for dads

When the relationship between a father and baby gives a ‘secure base’ to explore the world, the child forms a secure bond. Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, originator of the SMS4dads program, explores attachment and quality bonding for fathers.

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Children enjoying with ice cream

Raising your child to embrace diversity

Parents aim to raise children who embrace cultural diversity and have an appreciation and knowledge of people who are culturally and linguistically different. But how can parents play a part in making sure their children are aware of diversity?

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Children eating

Helping a child maintain healthy weight

One of the trickiest parts of parenting young children is ensuring they get a great start in life by adopting healthy eating practices. However, almost a quarter of children aged between five and 17 now fall into the obese and/or overweight category.

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Siblings cuddling their golden retriever on carpet

Teaching pet safety and responsibility

Getting a new pet can be wonderful for children and a valuable part of child development, however there are some important safety considerations whether the pet is warm and fuzzy or cold and scaly. So which animal makes a best first childhood pet?

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Happy children having fun in summer park

Parenting your children as individuals

For families with more than one child, sibling rivalry and the genetic lottery that gives rise to a range of talents can complicate parenting. An important thing for parents to recognise is that their children are individuals with their own strengths.

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Children doing yoga

Stepping away from parental peer pressure

Many parents have felt pressure to follow what other parents are doing, but social media has added a new layer of complexity. From comparing childhood milestones to “keeping up with the Joneses”, Associate Professor Fay Hadley discusses how to cope.

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