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Teaching children about body boundaries

When is the right time to teach children about privacy, both in terms of their own bodies and those of others? It's important to remember that curiosity about bodies is part of normal, healthy child development, but there are complexities for parents.

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Colour blindness: What you should know

What does colour blindness really mean and why can the term be misleading? When it comes to supporting the education of children with colour vision deficiency, there should be a greater awareness and understanding to ensure children are supported.

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Connecting children with food and nature

Educator and author Natalie McKinnon missed out on the joy of kitchen gardens and chicken runs as a child, but through books and workshops is encouraging children to understand the relationship between nature, food, their health and the environment.

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Six great nature play ideas for summer

Summer and the school holidays both offer endless opportunities for nature play. Ditch the digital devices and use the time to help children connect with the natural world. Try these ideas, keeping it simple and cheap. There's no need to overthink it.

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Safe Strangers: when children get lost

One of Australia’s leading organisations focused on child safety says teaching children that all strangers are dangerous can do more harm than good. It is important for children to identify "safe strangers" who could help them if they were to get lost.

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Sport and Music: Shaping brain and body

Many children start music and sport as preschoolers, gaining the physical health and cognitive development benefits. But how can parents encourage children's motivation to persevere when acquiring skills moves from play to more rigorous practise?

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Physical discipline and parent attitudes

A Royal Children’s Hospital poll has found a significant proportion of Australian parents hold attitudes and beliefs in support of physical discipline, but at the same time the vast majority use positive tactics to promote children's good behaviour.

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Helping children express gender identity

Some parents may find children's confronting gender questions difficult to answer. Professor of Psychiatry Louise Newman urges parents not to panic or be cross, but to keep the conversation going, ensuring children never feel guilty or ashamed.

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