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Signs your child might be a perfectionist

Perfectionism typically has a bad reputation but as Associate Professor Naomi Sweller points out, it isn’t always a negative trait. Children may however feel anxious about not meeting expectations. So what are signs your child might be a perfectionist?

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Why positive discipline practices work

For decades parents and communities have debated the most effective ways of disciplining children. Discipline is helping your child understand how to behave – and how not to behave. So does punishment have a role and can positive discipline work?

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Raising, educating and understanding boys

All too often parents and educators find themselves struggling with aspects of boys’ behaviour, but speaker, author and academic Dr Michael Nagel says we need to understand them to avoid frustration. So how can raising boys be different and why?

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Why children behave differently at home

It’s not unusual to meet parents who say their child is well behaved in day care or preschool or while with relatives, but their behaviour is challenging at home. So why is it different? Dr Judith Locks says it's not an uncommon problem for parents.

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ODD: More than just 'bad behaviour'

If there’s one thing parents can agree on it’s that their child has had a tantrum. But how are parents to know whether their child is simply struggling with a big emotion or whether there is something more serious and long lasting to be dealt with?

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Boys: Understanding rough and tumble play

Speaker, author and academic Dr Michael Nagel, continues his exploration of gender differences with a closer look at boys’ behaviour and the desire for rough and tumble play, giving us a greater appreciation for how we parent and educate our sons.

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Report warns against physical discipline

A report from the American Academy of Paediatrics finds that parents should not use corporal punishment as it can be associated with aggressive behaviour in a child and make it more likely that children will be defiant or aggressive in the future.

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Why boys wrestle, play fight and fidget

Science tells us that because of their biological makeup, sitting still is just not an easy proposition for boys. Whether you have a boy or a girl you may have wondered what science can tell you about the brain's role in shaping your child's behaviour.

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