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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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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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Why spanking children doesn't work

For many years, spanking was considered to be a ‘normal’ way to discipline a child. However, one of the most widespread studies into the act of spanking has revealed that no studies found physical punishment predicted better child behaviour over time.

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5 tips to help guide children's behaviour

Ever wondered how early childhood educators manage those tricky behaviours? Well it is important to realise that home and early learning centres are very different environments, but central to their approach is consistency. View some of their top tips.

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How to respond to negative self-talk

Preschoolers may experience anxiety when stepping into unfamiliar environments and this can manifest into negative self-talk. Professor Adam Guastella says this is normal and a common response to facing challenges. He looks at how parents can help.

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Tantrums and meltdowns: How to respond

When your child is raging, crying or screaming during a tantrum, it is possible to feel the need to join in with the explosion of emotions. Dr Becky Kennedy says tantrums offer us the power to demonstrate how to stay calm and manage your own emotions.

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Should parents use rewards and praise?

Praise and reward make sense when you need your child's cooperation. Or do they? Parenting author Alfie Kohn describes it as a form of 'sugar-coated control' and warns against dangling incentives in front of children. So if not rewards, what is the answer?

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Listening: How to get your child to listen

Getting your children to listen and do as they are told can seem like an impossible parenting task. Dr Becky Kennedy suggests that the best way to understand why children don’t cooperate is to understand why we, at times, don’t cooperate or comply.

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