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Skin-to-skin cuddles help babies thrive

Touch is important for all newborns. Skin-to-skin care gives consistent, predictable touch that is comforting for a newborn and benefits both baby and parents. According to the research, it assists brain development and helps establish breastfeeding.

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The truth about parenting an only child

Proponents of larger families claim 'only children' may be spoiled, lonely, or selfish. But science shows this is wrong. Known as 'only child syndrome' research now suggests there is no difference and there may even be benefits to being an only child.

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The secrets to successful co-parenting

Learning to co-parent with an ex-partner can be exhausting, infuriating and challenging to overcome built up resentments, but the rewards of joint parenting or shared parenting are great if you can apply empathy, patience and open communication.

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A focus on family life in Australia: 2019

Our second national survey of Aussie family life - First Five Years Snapshot of Australian Families - has confirmed that despite the rise of mobile devices it is television which is still occupying children’s screen time rather than phones or tablets.

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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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Alcohol and Parenthood: An MCRI study

An international study has found the traditional combination of marriage, mortgage and children no longer has any impact on men’s drinking, while motherhood only prompts women to reduce their alcohol intake until their child turns five.

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Growing up with a special needs sibling

Being raised with a brother or sister with significant disabilities can bring benefits including opportunities to learn resilience and empathy at a very young age. However, it also brings with it some challenges for both the children and the parents.

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Helping your child through troubled times

In her new book psychologist Collett Smart arms parents with the tools to build strong families and tackles the difficult topics facing teens and tweens, but she warns the building blocks for success begin with our babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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