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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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How to praise and encourage your child

Praise is something we have all experienced, but there is debate about whether this is an appropriate tool for raising or working with children. Dr Michael Nagel discusses to what extent praise should be used and what type of praise is most beneficial. 

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Helping children through play therapy

In times of stress, grief or anger, children may not have the words to describe what’s happening. Play therapy uses the natural language of children, and allows them to work through emotions and challenges under the care of a qualified therapist.

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Growing up with a special needs sibling

Being raised with a brother or sister with significant disabilities can bring benefits including opportunities to learn resilience and empathy at a very young age. However, it also brings with it some challenges for both the children and the parents.

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When fear and anxiety drives parenting

It’s not unusual for parents to feel anxious from time to time. What are the signs you may have become overly anxious or fearful and what can you do to help yourself and your child? Psychologist Dr Judith Locke provides helpful parenting suggestions.

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Helping a child deal with disappointment

As a parent you hate to see your child disappointed, but navigating disappointment is something everybody must do in life. Dr Elizabeth Westrupp says it’s important to recognise that all emotions are vital, even the ones that make children feel unhappy.

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When is it okay to lie to your children?

For some families, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy are what little dreams are made of, but for some parents the thought of tinsel, over-priced baby teeth and cavity inducing chocolate eggs are perpetuating myths that mislead children.

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