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How to deal with a perfectionist child

While some parents might not see being a perfectionist as a disadvantage, some children are very self-critical and it can be upsetting to see them setting high standards and watching it interfere with their enjoyment of learning or performing.

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Night terrors and child sleep issues

Many children and adults will experience nightmares and you have probably comforted your child during a nightmare. However, night terrors are different to nightmares. They are dramatic, happen suddenly and often predictably, but are not remembered.

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The truth about parenting an only child

Proponents of larger families claim 'only children' may be spoiled, lonely, or selfish. But science shows this is wrong. Known as 'only child syndrome' research now suggests there is no difference and there may even be benefits to being an only child.

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The secrets to successful co-parenting

Learning to co-parent with an ex-partner can be exhausting, infuriating and challenging to overcome built up resentments, but the rewards of joint parenting or shared parenting are great if you can apply empathy, patience and open communication.

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Finding ways to motivate your child

When motivating children, experts suggest that instead of saying, “You’re so amazing!” or “You’re the best at everything!” say, “I’m proud of you. You tried really hard at that", offering honest praise and acknowledging the effort they have put in.

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Fixing sleep issues with 'bedtime fading'

If bedtime is a battleground in your home, ‘bedtime fading’ may provide the answer. Sleep experts believe ‘bedtime fading’ is a simple intervention that can be easily implemented by parents, resulting in improvements in sleep and bedtime tantrums.

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Report warns against physical discipline

A report from the American Academy of Paediatrics finds that parents should not use corporal punishment as it can be associated with aggressive behaviour in a child and make it more likely that children will be defiant or aggressive in the future.

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Top toilet training tips: When and how?

Every parent has a story about toilet training, knows someone who did it earlier than your child or has a strong opinion about when it should be done. However, what you do is dependent on your child. Dr Susan Moloney provides her advice for parents.

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