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6 ways to manage parental favouritism

When only one parent can put a child to bed or soothe them during the night it can be a drain on both parents. However, parental favouritism has nothing to do with being loved less and actually comes down to the child’s developing cognitive ability.

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Home or hospital birth: Which is best?

While home births used to be standard practice, with the advancement of medical science there has been a shift to hospital births. However, hospitals are recognising the importance of choice when it comes to birthing and ensuring safe home birth options.

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Navigating parenting as an introvert

Parenting is inherently messy and noisy. With a young family, how do introvert parents, who crave alone, quiet time to recharge their batteries away from an over-stimulating environment, find the opportunity for important and valuable alone time?

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Managing body image after having a baby

Once you’ve managed the mental and physical hurdle of giving birth, many feel a rush to get back the body we once had, while also being grateful for everything it has done for our newborn. How do we assist new mothers to accept their post birth shape?

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Tired mother with baby

Sleep problems aren’t just for babies

Poor sleep can affect a person’s quality of life, so what does this mean for parents who are regularly up at night? Dr Bei Bei, a senior lecturer and clinical psychologist looks at the consequences of poor sleep for parents and how to get better sleep.

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What is colic? Soothing a 'colicky' baby

Colic is not a disease or diagnosis but a combination of baffling behaviors. Newborns experience substantial nervous system development in the first 12 weeks which can result in unsettled behaviour. So what are the theories and what can parents do?

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A better start for Australian children

Children are starting school developmentally vulnerable and parents are scrambling for work/life balance. The Starting Better report by the The Centre for Policy and Development outlines a 10-year plan to ensure all children have what they need to thrive.

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7 tips for those tough parenting days

Some days are tough. Being a parent stretches us. We wish we could hand the children over to grandma (or kindy) and hide under the blanket watching Netflix. Popular parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson looks at ways to handle those difficult parenting days.

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