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How to prepare your children for change

Change is an inevitable part of life and helping children learn to become resilient is important. Children's early experience of change is an opportunity for parents to teach adaptive coping skills and avoid over compensating when things aren't perfect.

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Teaching children the joy of generosity

Christmas time or any peak time for gift giving is ideal for parents to lead by example and show children that there’s more to life than holding hands out for seemingly endless gifts. It’s important that parents demonstrate "the roots of empathy".

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How to raise happy and successful girls

As parents we want our daughters to grow up being their best selves, enjoying their childhood and fully empowered to achieve their dreams. Do stereotypes have the potential to hold our daughters back? And if so, what’s the secret to raising happy girls?

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Dad: A film about autism and fatherhood

The 36-minute short film Dad was produced by Autism Awareness Australia, and recounts the stories of 12 Australian fathers talking about their parenting success stories, struggles and what it means to be a father to a child on the autism spectrum.

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Physical discipline and parent attitudes

A Royal Children’s Hospital poll has found a significant proportion of Australian parents hold attitudes and beliefs in support of physical discipline, but at the same time the vast majority use positive tactics to promote children's good behaviour.

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Six steps for parenting ‘Alpha children’

While all young children are somewhat ego driven, for some families the problem of who's in charge goes a lot further than that. Clinical counsellor Dr Deborah MacNamara says there are a group of "Alpha children” who can make parenting a challenge.

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Coping with sibling rivalry and conflict

Sibling rivalry is often about gender, position order, stage and age of development. Child psychologist Dr Fiona Martin believes the most effective way for parents to cope with this challenging sibling conflict is through fostering ‘positive play.’

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Tantrums, defiance and how to respond

All parents experience the challenges associated with their children being ‘oppositional’, it’s the extent of the problems that indicate whether the child’s tantrums or defiance go beyond what you should expect from your average toddler or preschooler.

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