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Why spend one-on-one time with your child

Interested in boosting your child’s self-confidence, brain development, language and social skills? More one-on-one time may be part of the answer, contributing numerous benefits to a child's development according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Teaching children the joy of generosity

Christmas time or any peak time for gift giving is ideal for parents to lead by example and show children that there’s more to life than holding hands out for seemingly endless gifts. It’s important that parents demonstrate "the roots of empathy".

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How to raise happy and successful girls

As parents we want our daughters to grow up being their best selves, enjoying their childhood and fully empowered to achieve their dreams. Do stereotypes have the potential to hold our daughters back? And if so, what’s the secret to raising happy girls?

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Dad: A film about autism and fatherhood

The 36-minute short film Dad was produced by Autism Awareness Australia, and recounts the stories of 12 Australian fathers talking about their parenting success stories, struggles and what it means to be a father to a child on the autism spectrum.

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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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How to raise kind and helpful children

It may not seem like it at times, but children want to help. As parents, it's our job to nurture and guide our children's natural inclination to be kind so they develop a lifelong habit. So how do raise kind, helpful, respectful and responsible children?

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How to avoid 'over parenting' your child

Research has found children of helicopter parents may be less able to deal with the challenging demands of growing up, particularly school. Children who cannot regulate their emotions and behaviour are more likely to have a harder time making friends.

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How to help your shy or anxious child

Socially anxious children can worry excessively, but research suggests parents have the power to make a difference. They can teach shy or socially anxious children to think more realistically and encourage them to gently and gradually face their fears.

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