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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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Brain scans predict variations in ADHD

Using neuroimaging techniques, The Children’s Attention Project at Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, has found that distinct brain patterns can help explain variations in the way children present with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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How mental health impacts on learning

Some children start school with anxieties or behaviour problems, making it hard for them to focus on learning in the classroom. Australian researchers have found a link between the mental health of five year olds and their ability to learn at school.

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Helping children express gender identity

Some parents may find children's confronting gender questions difficult to answer. Professor of Psychiatry Louise Newman urges parents not to panic or be cross, but to keep the conversation going, ensuring children never feel guilty or ashamed.

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The role of childhood comfort objects

While they are formally known as transitional objects, a child's favourite blankie, toy or comfort object is a side effect of their broader developmental need - a companion to talk to, to go to sleep with, or eat with when separating from their parents.

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Brain imaging to shed light on autism

In world first, researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute are using brain imaging to try to better understand why some autistic children develop typically in their first couple of years, before showing a drastic loss of skills.

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Raising boys: How to nurture gentle sons

It’s not unusual for parents of boys to be told ‘You have your hands full’. But why is the act of raising boys seen as a handful or a hardship as opposed to raising girls? What should parents do to really nurture their son’s gentle or softer side?

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