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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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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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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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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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Dealing with big emotions in under fives

Your toddler is inconsolable one moment and all smiles the next, but it only takes a mix-up over their favourite red cup versus the blue cup to trigger tears or even a full on tantrum. How can parents help children learn to manage big feelings?

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Helping children face their fears

Life can be random. Because nothing really makes sense, our children are built to require security and predictability. Popular parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson looks at ways to reduce pressure and help children face their fears with confidence.

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Why under-fives always seem to be sick

COVID has put the spotlight on health but most parents will experience what is often referred to as the ‘sick’ stage with young children. When does the ‘sick’ stage end, can parents boost their child’s immunity and how to keep working through it all?

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Preparing girls for their teen years

It’s no secret that our tweens and teens are suffering from mental illness at higher rates than previous generations, especially girls. Are there vital lessons that parents can teach in early childhood, that will help them navigate their teen years?

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