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How to raise kind and helpful children

It may not seem like it at times, but children want to help. As parents, it's our job to nurture and guide our children's natural inclination to be kind so they develop a lifelong habit. So how do raise kind, helpful, respectful and responsible children?

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Why play is more than just good fun

The verdict is in. Play is more than just fun. There’s a growing evidence base that play is critically important in promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships and in encouraging development of children’s future executive functioning skills.

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Tips for helping children learn to read

Research into reading aloud shows more than half of children are not being read to at home, leading to calls for parents to keep reading aloud to children. Dr Susan Ledger says when teaching reading, we need to understand how children read.

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How to avoid 'over parenting' your child

Research has found children of helicopter parents may be less able to deal with the challenging demands of growing up, particularly school. Children who cannot regulate their emotions and behaviour are more likely to have a harder time making friends.

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5 childhood illnesses: A parent's guide

Whether it’s ear infections, coughs, colds, stomach bugs or something more serious, it’s helpful for parents and carers to know the signs and symptoms and when to seek medical attention. Dr Ryan Harvey outlines five childhood illnesses to be aware of.

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Raising boys: How to nurture gentle sons

It’s not unusual for parents of boys to be told ‘You have your hands full’. But why is the act of raising boys seen as a handful or a hardship as opposed to raising girls? What should parents do to really nurture their son’s gentle or softer side?

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How to talk to children about death

From a very young age children are introduced to the themes of loss in picture books, video games, and popular children’s movies, but often adults find questions about death and dying challenging. One common question is “what on earth do I say?”.

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Preschool bullying: How parents can help

In a Royal Children’s Hospital poll, one in five Australian parents report one or more of their children was bullied. Paediatrician Dr Anthea Rhodes, says bullying is serious and common, harming the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of children.

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