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Why boys wrestle, play fight and fidget

Science tells us that because of their biological makeup, sitting still is just not an easy proposition for boys. Whether you have a boy or a girl you may have wondered what science can tell you about the brain's role in shaping your child's behaviour.

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Bringing up girls: Biology and behaviour

Whether you have a boy or a girl you may have wondered what science can tell you about the brain's role in shaping behaviour. There is evidence suggesting that the physiology of the female brain plays a tremendous role in how girls behave and learn.

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Childhood physical activity in crisis

A global report on children’s physical activity comparing 49 countries, has found Australian children aren't moving enough. The country is lagging on Overall Physical Activity, Active Transport, Screen Time and Physical Fitness, with a grade of D-.

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Adventurous play: Why children need risk

Is there a reason our children insist on walking on the very edge of a footpath, instead of the middle? Or can’t resist climbing a wall or a tall tree? According to researchers, who define this play as risky or adventurous play, the answer is yes.

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Should you reward children with food?

Does making children eat all their dinner to get dessert work, or just leave them with an unhealthy relationship with food? Dietitian Konsita Kuswara provides advice on rewarding or punishing children with food and the impact on their behaviour and preferences.

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Daylight saving survival tips for parents

The switch to and from daylight saving time can mean disrupted sleeping patterns and, in some cases, cranky children. With some planning it is possible to ease into the changes making the annual transition less difficult for both parents and children.

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Understanding stuttering in preschoolers

Australian research has found that while stuttering is more common than previously thought, four-year-old preschoolers who stutter aren’t more shy or withdrawn than their peers. In fact they have stronger expressive language skills than their peers.

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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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