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Articles about Mental health

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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Daylight saving survival tips for parents

The switch to and from daylight saving time can mean disrupted sleeping patterns and, in some cases, cranky children. With some planning it is possible to ease into the changes making the annual transition less difficult for both parents and children.

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Working mums and juggling time pressures

Time pressure on mothers has become a ticking time bomb says sociologist Dr Judy Rose, with many women with children experiencing the phenomenon of 'mother guilt' for not living up to society's unrealistic expectations of what a good mother should be.

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The unique challenges of fathering alone

Parenting can be a challenging experience, but for a solo dad those challenges can be amplified. Experts say the key is to reach out to family and friends, finding and accepting help or support rather than battling through tough times on their own.

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The importance and benefits of free play

In an effort to give children the best possible start in life it is possible to fill every spare moment with activities. This does however put pressure on parents and risks leaving little time for vital play, an important part of brain development.

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How to prepare your children for change

Change is an inevitable part of life and helping children learn to become resilient is important. Children's early experience of change is an opportunity for parents to teach adaptive coping skills and avoid over compensating when things aren't perfect.

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Dads' mental health and family happiness

While research shows most dads are faring well and feeling good about their parenting, just under 20% have experienced mental health issues such as symptoms of depression or anxiety, highlighting the importance of supporting fathers in their role.

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Physical discipline and parent attitudes

A Royal Children’s Hospital poll has found a significant proportion of Australian parents hold attitudes and beliefs in support of physical discipline, but at the same time the vast majority use positive tactics to promote children's good behaviour.

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