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COVID-19: Effects on children and families

Despite the hardships, families have found silver linings in the challenges of COVID-19, with the majority reporting their family unit is more connected, spent more time together and used their time at home to consider what’s important in life.

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Children eating

Helping a child maintain healthy weight

One of the trickiest parts of parenting young children is ensuring they get a great start in life by adopting healthy eating practices. However, almost a quarter of children aged between five and 17 now fall into the obese and/or overweight category.

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Siblings cuddling their golden retriever on carpet

Teaching pet safety and responsibility

Getting a new pet can be wonderful for children and a valuable part of child development, however there are some important safety considerations whether the pet is warm and fuzzy or cold and scaly. So which animal makes a best first childhood pet?

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Mother and baby looking at a doctor on a computer

Online health searching: Is it reliable?

Searching online for medical information can allow parents to better understand their child’s condition and help them to play a more active role in their child’s health management. But should you tell your doctor and can you rely on what you find?

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Help for parents of stillborn babies

For most parents, pregnancy is a happy time filled with joyful anticipation, but in Australia 1,724 babies die each year. Acknowledging this trauma, leave entitlements have now been increased for parents dealing with a stillbirth or infant death.

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Tired woman leaning on hands

Why parents need to practice self care

According to research published in Clinical Psychological Science, parental burnout can have a huge impact on the lives of both parent and child. However, results suggest there are vital lessons about parental wellbeing and the value of seeking support.

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Dad with daughter in the kitchen

How to discuss nutrition with under 5s

Young children need foods that enable their bodies to grow and thrive. If we look at the Australian Dietary Guidelines it is clear that children need food from the five food groups and to limit the intake of food high in saturated fat, sugar and salt.

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Newborn baby girl yawning

Baby sleep associations and self-soothing

Registered nurse, midwife and author Fran Chavasse says too many people mistakenly believe that children can learn to sleep at any age. In this three-part series, Fran offers her advice on dealing with baby sleep associations and self settling.

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