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Articles about Mental health

Supporting parents of pre-term babies

The trauma of a pre-term birth can be long-lasting. Kylie Pussell, CEO and co-founder of Miracle Babies talks about how when babies are born prematurely, parents feel guilty and how that feeling stays with them for years.

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Failure’s gifts: self-determination and grit

Well-intentioned parents spend hours trying to protect their children from experiencing imperfection, especially failure. Maggie Dent, one of Australia’s favourite parenting authors, explores why letting our children fail may be a gift for life.

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COVID-19s serious impact on women's health

A study by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute has found a third of women have experienced a huge impact on their maternal mental health and wellbeing. Women have also reported ongoing fatigue and parenting stress as a result of the pandemic.

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Why seek parenting advice and support

In any other job, people are trained. Sometimes for years. However, with parenting, there is a real sense that parents are supposed to naturally know how to parent. Dr Becky Kennedy says parents shouldn't hold back from seeking guidance and support.

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How screens impact our children's brains

Dr Michael Nagel and Dr Rachael Sharman have co-authored Becoming Autistic. The book examines the neurological consequences of screen time on the developing brain and how they are increasingly being expressed as changes that resemble autism symptoms.

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Beating loneliness and making friends

We all want our children to have friends. Being socially successful is a source of fun but also critical to a child’s development. Speaker, author and academic Dr Michael Nagel examines friendship and how it lays the groundwork for other lifelong skills.

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Caring for dads and their mental health

Despite the focus on men’s mental health, fathers are experiencing increasing levels of anxiety and stress from the effect of the pandemic, lock downs, balancing work and family, natural disasters and financial strain from the rising cost of living.

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Post COVID-19: Finding the new normal

COVID-19 has disrupted family life and caused significant changes to the way we work, relationships, routines, school, early learning and care arrangements. As life settles into a new normal there is further adjustment for families. So how do we adapt?

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