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Teaching children crucial life skills

Dr Nicola Yelland says parents may be missing opportunities to tease out life skills from everyday life. She claims the majority of a parent's role is to model, encourage and talk, and developing this habit is more effective than educational toys.

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Screen time and the science of learning

Screens are not good babysitters, but is there such a thing as healthy screen time? How do we understand the benefits and challenges or decide when screen usage might aid learning? Author, speaker and academic Dr Michael Nagel, looks at the research.

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How to answer a child's tough questions

Children are full of questions and sometimes the answers are uncomfortable. Explaining why we don’t use 'that' word, or the reasons behind world war may be awkward, but answering is important. So how can parents of young children handle the hard chat?

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Finding confidence in your parenting

It's understandable parents are anxious for their child's future, but the anxiety of today’s parents goes beyond that, says Professor Frank Oberklaid. The demands of modern life create a complex environment in which parents need to trust their instincts.

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Mental load: How to share the mental load

You've made costumes, fed children, bought groceries, prepared lunches, ironed uniforms, refereed a sibling squabble and still made it in time for the annual concert. Sound familiar? You're probably carrying the lion's share of the family mental load.

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Do new dads get the support they need?

Dr Anthony Venning from the College of Medicine and Public Health at Flinders University reviewed 40 years of research on how men experienced being a new dad and the support they received, only to find they aren’t always getting the support they need.

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How to handle tantrums and meltdowns

Kicking, screaming, crying and tantrums: whichever way these behaviours play out, they all have one thing in common - for most children there is a clear underlying reason why they are expressing themselves in what is considered an inappropriate way.

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What it means to be a modern father

Research suggests fathers are less likely to be able to change a tyre or fix a dripping tap, but more likely to be able to change a baby’s nappy and bake a birthday cake. Dr Anna Machin says a decade of research on dads shows their role is changing.

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