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Why spend one-on-one time with your child

Interested in boosting your child’s self-confidence, brain development, language and social skills? More one-on-one time may be part of the answer, contributing numerous benefits to a child's development according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Twin Milestones – expect the unexpected

Parents of twins can be unsettled if one child is walking or talking long before the other but it’s difficult to know when to seek advice or assistance. Associate Professor Jeff Craig says while twins can be similar, they can also be quite different.

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How to raise happy and successful girls

As parents we want our daughters to grow up being their best selves, enjoying their childhood and fully empowered to achieve their dreams. Do stereotypes have the potential to hold our daughters back? And if so, what’s the secret to raising happy girls?

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Dad: A film about autism and fatherhood

The 36-minute short film Dad was produced by Autism Awareness Australia, and recounts the stories of 12 Australian fathers talking about their parenting success stories, struggles and what it means to be a father to a child on the autism spectrum.

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Physical discipline and parent attitudes

A Royal Children’s Hospital poll has found a significant proportion of Australian parents hold attitudes and beliefs in support of physical discipline, but at the same time the vast majority use positive tactics to promote children's good behaviour.

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Why play is more than just good fun

The verdict is in. Play is more than just fun. There’s a growing evidence base that play is critically important in promoting safe, stable and nurturing relationships and in encouraging development of children’s future executive functioning skills.

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5 childhood illnesses: A parent's guide

Whether it’s ear infections, coughs, colds, stomach bugs or something more serious, it’s helpful for parents and carers to know the signs and symptoms and when to seek medical attention. Dr Ryan Harvey outlines five childhood illnesses to be aware of.

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Raising boys: How to nurture gentle sons

It’s not unusual for parents of boys to be told ‘You have your hands full’. But why is the act of raising boys seen as a handful or a hardship as opposed to raising girls? What should parents do to really nurture their son’s gentle or softer side?

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