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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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Kaz Cooke: Things dads need to know

Popular parenting author, cartoonist and broadcaster Kaz Cooke continues to entertain and inform parents with evidence-based advice in her no-nonsense guide to the early years, Babies and Toddlers, a sequel to bestselling pregnancy book Up the Duff.

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Six steps for parenting ‘Alpha children’

While all young children are somewhat ego driven, for some families the problem of who's in charge goes a lot further than that. Clinical counsellor Dr Deborah MacNamara says there are a group of "Alpha children” who can make parenting a challenge.

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