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How to build quality family relationships

Children’s most important early relationships are with parents. Positive parent-child relationships are important for a child’s development. By switching off devices and appreciating simple things you can strengthen your relationship with your child.

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Skin-to-skin cuddles help babies thrive

Touch is important for all newborns. Skin-to-skin care gives consistent, predictable touch that is comforting for a newborn and benefits both baby and parents. According to the research, it assists brain development and helps establish breastfeeding.

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Building an early learning partnership

It’s no secret that central to quality early learning and care are the educators and their specialist knowledge, skills and capacity to nurture positive relationships. However, there is a lot that parents can do to strengthen this relationship.

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Alcohol and Parenthood: An MCRI study

An international study has found the traditional combination of marriage, mortgage and children no longer has any impact on men’s drinking, while motherhood only prompts women to reduce their alcohol intake until their child turns five.

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Helping your child through troubled times

In her new book psychologist Collett Smart arms parents with the tools to build strong families and tackles the difficult topics facing teens and tweens, but she warns the building blocks for success begin with our babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

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Working mums and juggling time pressures

Time pressure on mothers has become a ticking time bomb says sociologist Dr Judy Rose, with many women with children experiencing the phenomenon of 'mother guilt' for not living up to society's unrealistic expectations of what a good mother should be.

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The unique challenges of fathering alone

Parenting can be a challenging experience, but for a solo dad those challenges can be amplified. Experts say the key is to reach out to family and friends, finding and accepting help or support rather than battling through tough times on their own.

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Mothering alone: Confident solo parenting

Single motherhood comes in all shapes and sizes - perhaps by choice, divorce, loss of a partner, or a husband working interstate or overseas. No matter what the reason why, there are ways to solo parent and confidently raise a happy, healthy child.

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