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Articles about Family

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Why under-fives always seem to be sick

COVID has put the spotlight on health but most parents will experience what is often referred to as the ‘sick’ stage with young children. When does the ‘sick’ stage end, can parents boost their child’s immunity and how to keep working through it all?

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5 tips to help kids manage disappointment

We all feel disappointed sometimes. But in the midst of a pandemic, disappointment is more prevalent in our children’s lives. Family trips are postponed, celebrations are disrupted and relatives are being missed. So how do we help our children cope?

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Family rituals - why are they important?

Family rituals. Birthdays, Christmas, Hannukah, Diwali, graduations - during the big occasions it is common that each family has their own rituals to help them celebrate. Why are family rituals important and how can our children benefit from them?

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COVID job loss and stress impact families

A third of Australian mums experiencing disadvantage have suffered job or income loss and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. MCRI Professor Sharon Goldfeld says the economic and healthcare needs of women and children living in adversity must be prioritised.

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The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dr Yaqoot Fatima, Research Fellow for University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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Birth order: A guide to personality traits

Why is it that despite being from the same family, growing up with the same parents, the same rules and values, children can turn out to be so different? Understanding birth order can help parents to better understand, manage and motivate a child.

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Family Man: Involving dads in parenting

Having both parents involved in parenting programs leads to better outcomes for children and parents. Men’s mental charity Movember is supporting dads with the world’s first online parenting program aimed at increasing the participation of fathers.

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Australia: The best place to be a parent?

How can we make Australia a better place to be a parent and what would that look like? Economists and researchers have compared Australian policies, business practices and community support with international best practice. Their report pulls no punches.

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