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Why children need to play with friends

Play can be easily dismissed. After all, how important can playing tea party be? Experts would argue that it’s extremely important. Children who successfully engage in peer play at preschool are more likely to experience better mental health, later on.

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Exploring play through the gender lens

Play helps shape our child's sense of identity. Maggie Dent, one of Australia’s most popular parenting authors and educators, shines a light on our unconscious biases and how they may reinforce gender stereotypes for boys and girls during play.

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Bullying: What parents should know

How do you know if your child is being bullied? Speaker, author and academic Dr Michael Nagel looks at the impact of bullying and how parents can recognise the signs and help children build the skills to combat unwanted attention and bullying.

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How screens impact our children's brains

Dr Michael Nagel and Dr Rachael Sharman have co-authored Becoming Autistic. The book examines the neurological consequences of screen time on the developing brain and how they are increasingly being expressed as changes that resemble autism symptoms.

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Beating loneliness and making friends

We all want our children to have friends. Being socially successful is a source of fun but also critical to a child’s development. Speaker, author and academic Dr Michael Nagel examines friendship and how it lays the groundwork for other lifelong skills.

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Risky play: Why it benefits children

Often our instincts will scream at us to get involved and stop our children from engaging in risky behaviours. But with the benefits of risky play to our child’s development being well documented, it is useful to understand appropriate risk.

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Gardens teach children lifelong skills

Whether the garden is part of the backyard, a few pots on a balcony or part of a community garden, the benefits of gardening in the preschool years are more than just about playing with dirt. They include opportunities for maths, science, art and play.

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Focusing on the strengths of your child

Everyone learns in their own way. We used to talk about "learning styles" and that children fell into categories. Now educators and child development researchers focus on the whole child and use multiple modalities and a strengths-based approach.

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