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Is a plant-based diet safe for children?

With the rise of vegetarian and vegan households, what do parents need to be aware of to ensure their children get the necessary nutrients from a plant-based diet? Parents considering this step are urged to seek advice from a paediatric dietitian.

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How to handle tantrums and meltdowns

Kicking, screaming, crying and tantrums: whichever way these behaviours play out, they all have one thing in common - for most children there is a clear underlying reason why they are expressing themselves in what is considered an inappropriate way.

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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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How to introduce children to chores

It could mean simple tasks such as picking up toys up from the floor or feeding the family pets. There will be an age-appropriate task you could ask your child to do on a daily basis that will instil in them a strong sense of helping the family.

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The importance of an active childhood

We all know how important exercise is for a child’s overall health, but there are several factors that influence the healthy behaviour of children. Dr Katherine Downing says parents have a unique opportunity to shape their child’s behaviour at home.

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How to talk to children about disability

A part of raising children is experiencing that uncomfortable moment when your child points at a person with a disability and in a booming voice asks a personal question. Dr Terry Cumming suggest how to answer while teaching acceptance and manners.

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Techno-tantrums? We’ve got some tips

Dr Kristy Goodwin says a techno-tantrum describes when children emotionally combust and throw a tantrum when you ask them to digitally disconnect and switch off technology. But what is normal behaviour and and how can parents manage the response?

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A new approach to overcoming picky eating

Research suggests that picky eating is developmentally appropriate in young children. But as parents, what techniques can we introduce to promote our children's interest and acceptance of new foods, encouraging them to smell, touch and taste the food?

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