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Articles about Social skills

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Raising emotionally intelligent children

Decades ago children’s success was measured by (intelligence) IQ. Today, society no longer measures smarts on IQ alone: instead, our EQ (emotional intelligence) is considered pivotal to reducing stress, defusing conflict and building relationships.

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Supporting social-emotional learning

Growing up means learning to make friends, dealing with conflict and developing empathy. David Loyst is family therapist who has been studying and teaching parenting for more than 30 years. He says there are three key stages for parents to understand.

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Quality programs for birth to threes

Many parents are anxious about sending very young children to a long-day-care centre. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi answers the questions: Should parents be worried? What does research tell us about the impact on very young children?

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How to celebrate diversity with children

Tall/short, fat/thin, old/young, shy/outgoing, brown/white – there are so many important ways we want our children to embrace difference. But as parents, how do we start? Dr Red Ruby Scarlet shares her methods for teaching children about inclusion.

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Anxiety: Preparing children for change

As children prepare to go to school or early learning centres the focus is often on meeting new educators and making new friends. So how do parents and carers support children through change? Dr Rebecca English looks at dealing with separation anxiety.

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Conversation skills: Teaching preschoolers

While conversing as adults can seem natural, for a preschool child, communicating ideas and knowing the rules of conversation is a new skill. Associate Professor Tricia Eadie explains that conversation underpins key social skills such as playing.

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Teaching your child to feel gratitude

Gratitude is a complex emotion that is difficult even for some adults. It involves a sense of thankfulness and appreciation of what you have, which also requires some perspective. So how do we teach children to feel and act with gratitude?

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ADHD signs: Does your child have ADHD?

With nearly one in 10 children diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in Australia, parents may find themselves wondering about the signs or triggers. Dr Alison Poulton says it's not black and white but many shades of grey.

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