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Finding ways to motivate your child

When motivating children, experts suggest that instead of saying, “You’re so amazing!” or “You’re the best at everything!” say, “I’m proud of you. You tried really hard at that", offering honest praise and acknowledging the effort they have put in.

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Epigenetics: Child development and genes

Epigenetics is an emerging area of research. We already knew that the experiences young children have in their first 1000 days plays a role in their development. We now know these early experiences can actually change the way their genes are expressed.

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Fixing sleep issues with 'bedtime fading'

If bedtime is a battleground in your home, ‘bedtime fading’ may provide the answer. Sleep experts believe ‘bedtime fading’ is a simple intervention that can be easily implemented by parents, resulting in improvements in sleep and bedtime tantrums.

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Report warns against physical discipline

A report from the American Academy of Paediatrics finds that parents should not use corporal punishment as it can be associated with aggressive behaviour in a child and make it more likely that children will be defiant or aggressive in the future.

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Helping a child through loss of a pet

For most children, pets are more than just animals – they're also family members. For many children this will be their first experience with death. Depending on their age it may come with questions or confusion. Dr Sheen discusses how to help them cope.

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What I want you to know about my child

The mother of a child who displays big behaviours gives a rare glimpse inside her life in a raw open letter, revealing how it feels for her child to receive disapproving looks and comments and urges others to take a moment to see her child differently.

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Top 10 Essential Parenting Questions

What is tongue tie and should it be treated? What is a normal baby poo? Help - my child has worms! Gold Coast University Hospital Director of Paediatrics Professor Susan Moloney answers the top 10 questions parents pose about children under five.

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Making friends: How to help your child

The road to social skills starts slowly for small children. How we make friends – and keep them – changes as we age, but when it comes to helping our children get started with their first friendships, what should we do and how and when can we help?

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