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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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Mother and baby looking at a doctor on a computer

Online health searching: Is it reliable?

Searching online for medical information can allow parents to better understand their child’s condition and help them to play a more active role in their child’s health management. But should you tell your doctor and can you rely on what you find?

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Boy in school uniform playing soccer alone in the school yard

Boys lagging behind when school starts

What role do biology and society play in boys not being as developmentally ready to start school as girls? Right from birth, boys and girls don’t begin life on the same starting block. The impact of this is a question researchers are trying to unravel.

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Family playing together at home

Low budget fun activities for children

As we see the reopening of public spaces and loosening of restrictions on pools, galleries, libraries, zoos, cinemas and other cultural institutions it’s important to remind yourself that having fun with children doesn’t mean spending a fortune.

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Little boy playing with a mathematics wooden toy

How to include maths in children’s play

Many people believe they can't do maths and are reluctant to help their children. It’s a shame, however, if you’ve managed to convince yourself you can’t help your child to learn the basics. Fortunately, your view about your ability is also untrue.

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Father with daughter before work

A being-at-home all day guide for dad

Right now, many dads are staying at home. Some are working from home, some are laid off or stood down, some are taking enforced leave. Among these dads, those with young children may struggle to adjust to new routines and balance between work and home.

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Small boy using a tablet

Creating good habits around screen time

Brad Marshall, Director of the Internet Addiction Clinic at Kidspace, helps families struggling with internet addiction, screen and gaming addiction. He suggests one of the main concerns is when children aged five and under use tech to self-soothe.

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Father holding son in the outdoors

‘High quality’ rough and tumble play

If you watch a litter of kittens pouncing, chasing and batting you will notice that in spite of occasional yelps it is clearly playful. Children chase and wrestle too. Associate Professor Richard Fletcher looks at the value of rough and tumble play.

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