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Articles about Parenting styles

Child sleeping

The importance of healthy sleep

Healthy sleep is critical due to the rapid growth and development in early childhood. Dan Fernandez, a nurse and PhD student at University of Queensland’s Institute for Social Science Research examines what healthy sleep looks like and how to get it.

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The role of gestures in a child's learning

Many of us speak with our hands and now experts suggest always using our hands when talking with children. While young children are forming and expanding their vocabulary, gestures help them bridge the gap between words and the world they live in.

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Why spanking children doesn't work

For many years, spanking was considered to be a ‘normal’ way to discipline a child. However, one of the most widespread studies into the act of spanking has revealed that no studies found physical punishment predicted better child behaviour over time.

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Birth order: A guide to personality traits

Why is it that despite being from the same family, growing up with the same parents, the same rules and values, children can turn out to be so different? Understanding birth order can help parents to better understand, manage and motivate a child.

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5 tips to help guide children's behaviour

Ever wondered how early childhood educators manage those tricky behaviours? Well it is important to realise that home and early learning centres are very different environments, but central to their approach is consistency. View some of their top tips.

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Mothers with babies in the background.

Parents – tough on ourselves and others

Why do parents feel so criticised – by others, and themselves? For many adults, a surprise is the degree to which others have opinions about our parenting. Professor Marc de Rosnay says there’s one other critic parents should be aware of: themselves.

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Why children’s mindset matters

The beliefs children hold about their own intelligence, talents and abilities are formed early. By understanding how to work with mindsets, parents play a role in helping children develop beliefs that support them through their early years and beyond.

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How to respond to negative self-talk

Preschoolers may experience anxiety when stepping into unfamiliar environments and this can manifest into negative self-talk. Professor Adam Guastella says this is normal and a common response to facing challenges. He looks at how parents can help.

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