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Avoid screen time before school: Study

A French study has found that screen time in the morning can negatively impact a child’s language ability. Dr Manon Collet says children who were exposed to screens before school were three times more likely to develop primary language disorders.

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Raising your child to embrace diversity

Parents aim to raise children who embrace cultural diversity and have an appreciation and knowledge of people who are culturally and linguistically different. But how can parents play a part in making sure their children are aware of diversity?

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Privacy and your child's rights online

It’s not unusual for parents to share hundreds of photos and personal details about their children on social media, but questions are now being asked about a child’s right to choose what is shared, in light of children's rights in the digital age.

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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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Little boy during lesson with his speech therapist

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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Father and son talking

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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