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Family Man: Involving dads in parenting

Having both parents involved in parenting programs leads to better outcomes for children and parents. Men’s mental charity Movember is supporting dads with the world’s first online parenting program aimed at increasing the participation of fathers.

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Parents – tough on ourselves and others

Why do parents feel so criticised – by others, and themselves? For many adults, a surprise is the degree to which others have opinions about our parenting. Professor Marc de Rosnay says there’s one other critic parents should be aware of: themselves.

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Why children’s mindset matters

The beliefs children hold about their own intelligence, talents and abilities are formed early. By understanding how to work with mindsets, parents play a role in helping children develop beliefs that support them through their early years and beyond.

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How maternal nurse home visits help mums

Australian researchers have found a simple way to improve the mental health and wellbeing of mothers living in adversity. Mothers reported lower rates of depression, anxiety and stress after regular home visits by maternal and child health nurses.

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Signs your child might be a perfectionist

Perfectionism typically has a bad reputation but as Associate Professor Naomi Sweller points out, it isn’t always a negative trait. Children may however feel anxious about not meeting expectations. So what are signs your child might be a perfectionist?

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How to respond to negative self-talk

Preschoolers may experience anxiety when stepping into unfamiliar environments and this can manifest into negative self-talk. Professor Adam Guastella says this is normal and a common response to facing challenges. He looks at how parents can help.

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Raising emotionally intelligent children

Decades ago children’s success was measured by (intelligence) IQ. Today, society no longer measures smarts on IQ alone: instead, our EQ (emotional intelligence) is considered pivotal to reducing stress, defusing conflict and building relationships.

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Helping children with sensory sensitivity

Sensory sensitivity in children might appear as an extraordinary aversion to noise or light, or getting upset if their clothing feels irritating or too tight. Some reports suggest that one in every six children has sensory processing difficulties.

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