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Articles about Managing behaviour

Boy playing with his father and biting his nose.

Biting: What to do when your child bites

So your toddler has bitten another child. Many of us can empathise with how concerning it is to have a child that is biting. The truth is that for many children aged under three, this is a common and often passing phase of normal child development.

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Loving relationships and a safe brain

A paper on the Science of Neglect explains that when adult responses are unreliable, inappropriate or absent, a child’s developing brain can be disrupted and subsequent learning and behaviour can be impaired. So how do we ensure a child feels safe?

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Father and son fishing with fishing net in river

How to teach your child patience

None of us are born with patience, instead children learn how to self-regulate by the structures and support parents provide. Professor of Clinical Psychology David Hawes discusses what to expect from children and why, and how to teach patience.

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7 tips for those tough parenting days

Some days are tough. Being a parent stretches us. We wish we could hand the children over to grandma (or kindy) and hide under the blanket watching Netflix. Popular parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson looks at ways to handle those difficult parenting days.

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Little girl puts her socked foot on the table at a restaurant

Pufferfish parents: How to stop using threats

We puff ourselves up. We put on our angry face. We use our loud voice. And we threaten our children with dire consequences. One of Australia's most popular parenting experts Dr Justin Coulson looks at nine ways to stop using threats with your children.

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Dealing with big emotions in under fives

Your toddler is inconsolable one moment and all smiles the next, but it only takes a mix-up over their favourite red cup versus the blue cup to trigger tears or even a full on tantrum. How can parents help children learn to manage big feelings?

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Little boys having fun with their father at home

Tips for raising boys during a pandemic

Raising boys isn’t always easy! Add a global pandemic and this task becomes much more challenging. Indeed, there is mounting evidence that as the COVID crisis continues, parents in many countries are struggling to keep their sons healthy and occupied.

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Mother upset at daughter

Why spanking children doesn't work

For many years, spanking was considered to be a ‘normal’ way to discipline a child. However, one of the most widespread studies into the act of spanking has revealed that no studies found physical punishment predicted better child behaviour over time.

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