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How to raise mentally healthy children

It's estimated that around one in seven Australian children experience mental health issues and about half of all serious mental health issues in adulthood begin before age 14. So how can parents and carers support under 5’s as they learn and grow?

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Quality programs for birth to threes

Many parents are anxious about sending very young children to a long-day-care centre. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi answers the questions: Should parents be worried? What does research tell us about the impact on very young children?

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Anxiety: Preparing children for change

As children prepare to go to school or early learning centres the focus is often on meeting new educators and making new friends. So how do parents and carers support children through change? Dr Rebecca English looks at dealing with separation anxiety.

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Sleep, behaviour, discipline: Parent pain

The Parenting Today in Victoria survey shines the light on areas where parents are feeling confident and where they might need support. While most parents have confidence in their parenting, they continue to struggle with sleep, behaviour and discipline.

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ADHD signs: Does your child have ADHD?

With nearly one in 10 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Australia, parents may find themselves wondering about the signs or triggers. Dr Alison Poulton says it's not black and white but many shades of grey.

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How Australians have coped with COVID19

Deakin University’s Institute for Mental and Physical Health and Clinical Translation has taken on a national research project asking people to share their experience during the Covid19 pandemic to track community mood and understand coping mechanisms.

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How our childhood affects our parenting

Clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Havighurst says what happens in our childhood creates emotional triggers that affect how we react as adults. These automatic responses regularly play out in our own parenting and can be passed onto the next generation.

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'Parent shaming' affecting mental health

A study has found that in a sample of more than 1000 Australian parents, almost half reported feeling shamed for their parenting approach. So what are parents being shamed for and what are the impacts? And what is the concept of ‘good enough’ parenting?

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