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Why we need to raise boys differently

In a society that is acutely aware of the negative effects of raising boys to be tough, researchers are finding that, perhaps, we need to re-examine how we raise boys from the very beginning, according to neonatal paediatrician Dr Howard Chilton.

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How to not yell at your children

Studies have shown that when parents yell as their go-to method of discipline, there is an increase in behavioural problems, stress, anxiety, and depression. Dr Justin Coulson looks at how we respond to a challenging child in a constructive way.

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Helping your children cope with stress

One of the most troubling trends we are seeing in many western countries is a growing number of anxious children. Anxiety is linked to stress. What is well known, is that stress is incredibly detrimental to the brain and a child's healthy development.

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Managing your mental health in pregnancy

Pregnant women who experience anxiety or depression are reporting their children are three times more likely to have childhood illnesses such as colds. The research, while not intended to make parents fearful, points out the importance of seeking help.

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Privacy and your child's rights online

It’s not unusual for parents to share hundreds of photos and personal details about their children on social media, but questions are now being asked about a child’s right to choose what is shared, in light of children's rights in the digital age.

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Coping with parental burnout and stress

Parenting can be romanticized as overwhelmingly joyful, but some parents are suffering from a level of exhaustion that amounts to parental burnout. Parents experiencing burnout however, can be reassured that with good support things can get better.

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The benefits of nature play for children

There is a global movement seeking more outdoor nature play for children. Not simply outdoor playgrounds with manufactured equipment, but unstructured play activities in outdoor settings where natural elements feature, such as logs, rocks and water.

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Families struggle with work life balance

Tensions are high for parents juggling work and care. The National Working Families Report shows almost two thirds of working parents surveyed were struggling to care for their physical and mental health due to tension between work and parenthood.

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