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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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Understanding left and right handedness

Left handed people often find the world is oriented toward right-handedness. Whether it's can openers, scissors, computers, or vegie peelers, there's often a right-handed bias. But what is the science and statistics behind left and right-handedness?

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The important facts on baby food pouches

Food pouches can seem like an asset for parents of babies who are being introduced to the world of food. With their increasing popularity have come questions and rumours about the value of pouches and their impact on a child’s physical development.

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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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Dealing with fussiness and food refusal

It’s not unusual for parents to dread mealtimes, worrying that their child will cry and fuss when being offered new foods. But it’s important to recognise the shift in interest around food may be closely aligned with the child’s growing independence.

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The role of parents and home learning

Dr Kate Liley highlights the importance of the home learning environment in supporting children’s development. She discusses how it features strongly in research as being key to children’s language, physical, intellectual and social development.

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When your child has a fear of the dark

A fear of the dark is one of the most common of childhood fears. Its official name is ‘nyctophobia’ and, for some children, the fear of night-time, or darkness, can leave them gripped by fear with symptoms ranging from panic and anxiety to depression.

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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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