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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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Teaching under-5s about big emotions

What should parents do when a child is experiencing strong emotions – anger, frustration or sadness? Associate Professor from the University of Melbourne, Dr Sophie Havighurst, offers her advice on how to calm and be an emotion coach for your child.

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Top tips for teaching children kindness

When asked what they want most out of life for their children, parents often say success and happiness, but more recently there has been a focus on raising children who understand the importance of kindness. So what is kindness and how do you teach it?

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Supporting children through play

At a time when most Australian parents are spending more time with our young children than ever before, the idea of how to engage children through play is more relevant than ever. Professor Marilyn Fleer shares a technique called Conceptual Playworlds.

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The benefits of high-quality preschool

Research shows that children who’ve participated in preschool are more independent and better able to concentrate and cooperate. However, almost a quarter of Australian children entering school do not have the foundational skills they need for school and life.

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