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Premature birth and the link to ADHD

Children born very preterm are showing rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), three times higher than the general population, studies are showing, however monitoring can assist health care professionals with early intervention.

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The truth about parenting an only child

Proponents of larger families claim 'only children' may be spoiled, lonely, or selfish. But science shows this is wrong. Known as 'only child syndrome' research now suggests there is no difference and there may even be benefits to being an only child.

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What I want you to know about my child

The mother of a child who displays big behaviours gives a rare glimpse inside her life in a raw open letter, revealing how it feels for her child to receive disapproving looks and comments and urges others to take a moment to see her child differently.

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Making friends: How to help your child

The road to social skills starts slowly for small children. How we make friends – and keep them – changes as we age, but when it comes to helping our children get started with their first friendships, what should we do and how and when can we help?

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How to praise and encourage your child

Praise is something we have all experienced, but there is debate about whether this is an appropriate tool for raising or working with children. Dr Michael Nagel discusses to what extent praise should be used and what type of praise is most beneficial. 

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Starting school and the impact of age

Every year in households with four-year-olds, parents ask: 'Should I send my child to school even though they may be the youngest in their class?' The answer isn’t simple, but research indicates benefits for children at the older end of their cohort.

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Supporting curious and creative children

One of the most important ideas for us as parents, grandparents and carers to grasp is that curiosity, creativity and compassion can be learned. It is not simply a matter that children are born ‘curious’ or ‘creative’. They learn these ways of being.

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Helping a child deal with disappointment

As a parent you hate to see your child disappointed, but navigating disappointment is something everybody must do in life. Dr Elizabeth Westrupp says it’s important to recognise that all emotions are vital, even the ones that make children feel unhappy.

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