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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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Helping children build language skills

David Loyst has been studying and teaching about parenting for over 30 years as a speech language pathologist, autism consultant, and parent coach. He says it helps to think not just about language development, but ‘expressive’ language development.

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Tantrums and meltdowns: How to respond

When your child is raging, crying or screaming during a tantrum, it is possible to feel the need to join in with the explosion of emotions. Dr Becky Kennedy says tantrums offer us the power to demonstrate how to stay calm and manage your own emotions.

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Should parents use rewards and praise?

Praise and reward make sense when you need your child's cooperation. Or do they? Parenting author Alfie Kohn describes it as a form of 'sugar-coated control' and warns against dangling incentives in front of children. So if not rewards, what is the answer?

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Listening: How to get your child to listen

Getting your children to listen and do as they are told can seem like an impossible parenting task. Dr Becky Kennedy suggests that the best way to understand why children don’t cooperate is to understand why we, at times, don’t cooperate or comply.

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How to raise mentally healthy children

It's estimated that around one in seven Australian children experience mental health issues and about half of all serious mental health issues in adulthood begin before age 14. So how can parents and carers support under 5’s as they learn and grow?

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