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The complex problem of childhood obesity

There’s more to addressing childhood obesity than taking away sweets and having children do laps of the oval. A report highlights the growing problem of childhood obesity in Australia, where one in four children and adolescents are overweight or obese.

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Signs your child might be a perfectionist

Perfectionism typically has a bad reputation but as Associate Professor Naomi Sweller points out, it isn’t always a negative trait. Children may however feel anxious about not meeting expectations. So what are signs your child might be a perfectionist?

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How to respond to negative self-talk

Preschoolers may experience anxiety when stepping into unfamiliar environments and this can manifest into negative self-talk. Professor Adam Guastella says this is normal and a common response to facing challenges. He looks at how parents can help.

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Raising emotionally intelligent children

Decades ago children’s success was measured by (intelligence) IQ. Today, society no longer measures smarts on IQ alone: instead, our EQ (emotional intelligence) is considered pivotal to reducing stress, defusing conflict and building relationships.

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Helping children with sensory sensitivity

Sensory sensitivity in children might appear as an extraordinary aversion to noise or light, or getting upset if their clothing feels irritating or too tight. Some reports suggest that one in every six children has sensory processing difficulties.

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Helping children build language skills

David Loyst has been studying and teaching about parenting for over 30 years as a speech language pathologist, autism consultant, and parent coach. He says it helps to think not just about language development, but ‘expressive’ language development.

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Should parents use rewards and praise?

Praise and reward make sense when you need your child's cooperation. Or do they? Parenting author Alfie Kohn describes it as a form of 'sugar-coated control' and warns against dangling incentives in front of children. So if not rewards, what is the answer?

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Listening: How to get your child to listen

Getting your children to listen and do as they are told can seem like an impossible parenting task. Dr Becky Kennedy suggests that the best way to understand why children don’t cooperate is to understand why we, at times, don’t cooperate or comply.

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