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Why we need to raise boys differently

In a society that is acutely aware of the negative effects of raising boys to be tough, researchers are finding that, perhaps, we need to re-examine how we raise boys from the very beginning, according to neonatal paediatrician Dr Howard Chilton.

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How to not yell at your children

Studies have shown that when parents yell as their go-to method of discipline, there is an increase in behavioural problems, stress, anxiety, and depression. Dr Justin Coulson looks at how we respond to a challenging child in a constructive way.

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The benefits of high-quality preschool

Research shows that children who’ve participated in preschool are more independent and better able to concentrate and cooperate. However, almost a quarter of Australian children entering school do not have the foundational skills they need for school and life.

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Helping your children cope with stress

One of the most troubling trends we are seeing in many western countries is a growing number of anxious children. Anxiety is linked to stress. What is well known, is that stress is incredibly detrimental to the brain and a child's healthy development.

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Outdoor play: The benefits for children

Free or unstructured play is when children choose activities or games that interest them and are not directed by an adult. If children are playing you might think ‘Should I tell them what to do? Or should I just let them play and see what happens?'.

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Privacy and your child's rights online

It’s not unusual for parents to share hundreds of photos and personal details about their children on social media, but questions are now being asked about a child’s right to choose what is shared, in light of children's rights in the digital age.

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The benefits of nature play for children

There is a global movement seeking more outdoor nature play for children. Not simply outdoor playgrounds with manufactured equipment, but unstructured play activities in outdoor settings where natural elements feature, such as logs, rocks and water.

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Little boy in pyjamas

The secret to making mornings magic

Mornings can be tricky. There’s not much time and lots to do. We're often tired and stressed. By helping our children manage their own mornings, more gets done with less effort. Plus children experience a boost to their confidence and self-esteem.

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