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How to celebrate diversity with children

Tall/short, fat/thin, old/young, shy/outgoing, brown/white – there are so many important ways we want our children to embrace difference. But as parents, how do we start? Dr Red Ruby Scarlet shares her methods for teaching children about inclusion.

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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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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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'Parent shaming' affecting mental health

A study has found that in a sample of more than 1000 Australian parents, almost half reported feeling shamed for their parenting approach. So what are parents being shamed for and what are the impacts? And what is the concept of ‘good enough’ parenting?

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Healthcare worker performing a Covid-19 test to a woman and her son

COVID-19 testing in children: RCH Poll

While Australian parents support COVID-19 testing, The Royal Children’s Hospital National Child Health Poll of 1434 parents, has found a range of barriers which may impact on the willingness of parents to attend a COVID testing clinic for their child.

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Baby won't sleep? Here's why babies wake

One of the biggest concerns for parents is whether your baby will sleep. It can cause some apprehension, especially if you’re a single parent, or managing most of your baby’s care. Registered nurse, midwife and author Fran Chavasse offers her advice.

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Online health searching: Is it reliable?

Searching online for medical information can allow parents to better understand their child’s condition and help them to play a more active role in their child’s health management. But should you tell your doctor and can you rely on what you find?

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Genomics: Would you test your child?

Genomic testing reviews the whole of a person’s genetic makeup. Researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute set out to discover if parents were offered additional genetic information about their newborn, would they accept it?

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