Exploring play through the gender lens
Play helps shape our child's sense of identity. Maggie Dent, one of Australia’s most popular parenting authors and educators, shines a light on our unconscious biases and how they may reinforce gender stereotypes for boys and girls during play.
Play: How and why to play with your child
Parents have an important role in growing their child’s imagination through play which enhances their thinking later in life. Laureate Professor Marilyn Fleer says her work shows how important it is for carers to play in new ways with their children.
Child health issues: What parents think
A 2021 poll of Australian parents’ top ten child health problems has excessive screen time holding onto the number one spot. Parent concern about screen time has jumped more than 30% in the past six years according to the Royal Children’s Hospital poll.
Supporting toddlers’ pretend play
While it is easy to overlook the importance of make believe play, the ability to pretend is a cornerstone of children’s cognitive development. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi looks at why it is important and how we can encourage it.
When too many toys are a big distraction
It’s not unusual for parents to complain their children have too many toys, usually because of clutter. However a study has found that having an abundance of toys may not be a great thing, as it prevents children from being as creative as possible.
Top 10 Essential Parenting Questions
What is tongue tie and should it be treated? What is a normal baby poo? Help - my child has worms! Gold Coast University Hospital Director of Paediatrics Professor Susan Moloney answers the top 10 questions parents pose about children under five.
Adventurous play: Why children need risk
Is there a reason our children insist on walking on the very edge of a footpath, instead of the middle? Or can’t resist climbing a wall or a tall tree? According to researchers, who define this play as risky or adventurous play, the answer is yes.
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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