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Mindfulness: Preventing mental illness

The importance of mental health is not a new concept. The way we look at mental health however, particularly for our children, is changing from reactive help in a crisis, to focus on proactive and preventative strategies to build mental health skills.

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Biting: What to do when your child bites

So your toddler has bitten another child. Many of us can empathise with how concerning it is to have a child that is biting. The truth is that for many children aged under three, this is a common and often passing phase of normal child development.

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Loving relationships and a safe brain

A paper on the Science of Neglect explains that when adult responses are unreliable, inappropriate or absent, a child’s developing brain can be disrupted and subsequent learning and behaviour can be impaired. So how do we ensure a child feels safe?

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How to teach your child patience

None of us are born with patience, instead children learn how to self-regulate by the structures and support parents provide. Professor of Clinical Psychology David Hawes discusses what to expect from children and why, and how to teach patience.

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Helping your child reach their full potential

As a parent, you may be aware when your child isn’t meeting the usual milestones for their age. But knowing what to do about that, and when, is another matter. So why is early intervention important and how can your early learning provider assist?

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Allergies in children: How to help

Parents fear their young children developing an allergy and in particular their children having a life-threatening anaphylactic reaction. With allergies on the rise, what can parents do to reduce the likelihood of their child developing an allergy?

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Is there a right and wrong way to parent?

Research shows parenting style can impact a child’s self-esteem, social skills and ability to self-regulate and cope. The question is: Can the way you raise your children set them up to thrive in the world? Researchers think the answer is yes.

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Gender identity: How to talk to children

Society has traditionally told us how girls and boys should speak, look, dress and act, however children are growing up in a world in which they are being encouraged not to be limited by gender. So how can we talk to preschoolers about gender identity?

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