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A guide to childhood shyness and anxiety

How can a parent know if there is cause for concern over behaviour that indicates a child is shy or perhaps anxious? Associate Professor Brigid Jordan says a good rule of thumb is if you feel it is interfering with your child’s enjoyment of life.

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How to deal with a perfectionist child

While some parents might not see being a perfectionist as a disadvantage, some children are very self-critical and it can be upsetting to see them setting high standards and watching it interfere with their enjoyment of learning or performing.

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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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Premature birth and the link to ADHD

Children born very preterm are showing rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), three times higher than the general population, studies are showing, however monitoring can assist health care professionals with early intervention.

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Promoting children's positive body image

Research on body image has revealed that children as young as three, are already forming opinions and biases around size. Poor body image is often associated with teenagers, however parents may not realise just how early weight and size bias forms.

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When your child has a fear of the dark

A fear of the dark is one of the most common of childhood fears. Its official name is ‘nyctophobia’ and, for some children, the fear of night-time, or darkness, can leave them gripped by fear with symptoms ranging from panic and anxiety to depression.

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Helping a child through loss of a pet

For most children, pets are more than just animals – they're also family members. For many children this will be their first experience with death. Depending on their age it may come with questions or confusion. Dr Sheen discusses how to help them cope.

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What I want you to know about my child

The mother of a child who displays big behaviours gives a rare glimpse inside her life in a raw open letter, revealing how it feels for her child to receive disapproving looks and comments and urges others to take a moment to see her child differently.

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