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Articles about 5 year olds

Why children need to play with friends

Play can be easily dismissed. After all, how important can playing tea party be? Experts would argue that it’s extremely important. Children who successfully engage in peer play at preschool are more likely to experience better mental health, later on.

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Bullying: What parents should know

How do you know if your child is being bullied? Speaker, author and academic Dr Michael Nagel looks at the impact of bullying and how parents can recognise the signs and help children build the skills to combat unwanted attention and bullying.

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Tantrums: A roadmap to keeping your cool

In this article Dr Justin Coulson, author and one of Australia's most popular parenting experts, explores common mistakes we make when attempting to help our children navigate big emotions and suggests three easy strategies to stay calm under pressure.

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How to build your child a balanced diet

It can be overwhelming to ensure your child manages to get all the nutrients they need. Nutritionist Nicola Inger Scruby says anyone with a toddler knows that sticking to guidelines can be tricky but offers her top tips for navigating fussy eating.

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Whining: how to stop children whinging

It’s a sound guaranteed to make every parent grimace: whining. Similar to hearing the sound of fingernails on a blackboard, whining usually results in parents doing one of two things – getting cross or giving in to their child’s behaviour.

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The key to a child’s success at school

The parent-teacher relationship is built on a culture of trust and collaboration. Your child’s success in school might be determined by the quality of the relationship between you and their teacher and that journey starts even before their first day.

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3 reasons why children have big feelings

Dr Justin Coulson is a three-time bestselling author, a TEDx speaker, and one of Australia's most popular relationships and parenting experts. In this article he explains why our little ones have big feelings and the developmental realities.

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How screens impact our children's brains

Dr Michael Nagel and Dr Rachael Sharman have co-authored Becoming Autistic. The book examines the neurological consequences of screen time on the developing brain and how they are increasingly being expressed as changes that resemble autism symptoms.

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