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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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Transitioning in and out of childcare

Time away from early learning can happen for many reasons. Perhaps a long family holiday, or a family illness. So what happens if, when your child is settled and enjoying the interactions with educators and friends, suddenly you need to take a break?

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The ongoing benefits of bilingualism

Researchers have found that the benefits of learning two languages as a child extend well into adulthood. For families who speak a language other than English at home, embracing that language can have many positive outcomes for their children.

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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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Building an early learning partnership

It’s no secret that central to quality early learning and care are the educators and their specialist knowledge, skills and capacity to nurture positive relationships. However, there is a lot that parents can do to strengthen this relationship.

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How to praise and encourage your child

Praise is something we have all experienced, but there is debate about whether this is an appropriate tool for raising or working with children. Dr Michael Nagel discusses to what extent praise should be used and what type of praise is most beneficial. 

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Helping children through play therapy

In times of stress, grief or anger, children may not have the words to describe what’s happening. Play therapy uses the natural language of children, and allows them to work through emotions and challenges under the care of a qualified therapist.

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Supporting curious and creative children

One of the most important ideas for us as parents, grandparents and carers to grasp is that curiosity, creativity and compassion can be learned. It is not simply a matter that children are born ‘curious’ or ‘creative’. They learn these ways of being.

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