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How to talk to children about disability

A part of raising children is experiencing that uncomfortable moment when your child points at a person with a disability and in a booming voice asks a personal question. Dr Terry Cumming suggest how to answer while teaching acceptance and manners.

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How to talk to children about adoption

Alice Hayes, Senior Case Manager from the Find-A-Family adoption team at Barnados says, for an adopted child, talking about their adoption doesn't need to be a momentous occasion, it should be an ongoing dialogue based on their level of understanding.

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Helping struggling families in need

At times we have all known families who are struggling and perhaps wondered how to approach them with offers of help, while many other families suffer silently refusing to admit to anyone they're in need. So how can we help our vulnerable families?

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How to balance motherhood and business

Research which surveyed 1900 entrepreneurs, reveals that women who own their own businesses face many added challenges in balancing the roles of being both a parent and a businesswoman, putting in 50+ hours of childcare each week on top of their jobs.

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Helping children learn to manage change

We all know that change can be difficult. This is true for adults and children. Change is an inevitable part of life. Early transitions provide opportunities to develop the skills and dispositions we need to live and do well in a changing world.

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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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