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How to talk to children about disasters

Bushfires, flood, drought and other natural disasters can be traumatic for adults and children alike. Dr Andrea Baldwin looks at ways to prepare and help children cope when disaster threatens, supporting their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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Child speech development milestones

A child's first word is an exciting time, but often we don’t recognise that preparation for speech starts much earlier than those first recognisable sounds. As parents smile and talk with babies, they are listening to the sounds that make up language.

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Teaching children crucial life skills

Dr Nicola Yelland says parents may be missing opportunities to tease out life skills from everyday life. She claims the majority of a parent's role is to model, encourage and talk, and developing this habit is more effective than educational toys.

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How to answer a child's tough questions

Children are full of questions and sometimes the answers are uncomfortable. Explaining why we don’t use 'that' word, or the reasons behind world war may be awkward, but answering is important. So how can parents of young children handle the hard chat?

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Housework myths: 'Men don't see mess'

It has been argued that women end up with the majority of housework because men “don’t see the mess”. Dr Leah Ruppanner says women are faced with juggling families and work as well as society's often unrealistic expectations to keep a perfect house.

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The importance of drawing to writing

Learning about writing starts long before children start school. They start with talking and drawing and Dr Noella Mackenzie believes if we value these two modes of communication, we can build on both of these skills in the valuable preschool years.

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Mental load: How to share the mental load

You've made costumes, fed children, bought groceries, prepared lunches, ironed uniforms, refereed a sibling squabble and still made it in time for the annual concert. Sound familiar? You're probably carrying the lion's share of the family mental load.

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Do new dads get the support they need?

Dr Anthony Venning from the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University reviewed 40 years of research on how men experienced being a new dad and the support they received, only to find they aren’t always getting the support they need.

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