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Why positive discipline practices work

For decades parents and communities have debated the most effective ways of disciplining children. Discipline is helping your child understand how to behave – and how not to behave. So does punishment have a role and can positive discipline work?

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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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Raising your child to embrace diversity

Parents aim to raise children who embrace cultural diversity and have an appreciation and knowledge of people who are culturally and linguistically different. But how can parents play a part in making sure their children are aware of diversity?

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Why children behave differently at home

It’s not unusual to meet parents who say their child is well behaved in day care or preschool or while with relatives, but their behaviour is challenging at home. So why is it different? Dr Judith Locks says it's not an uncommon problem for parents.

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ODD: More than just 'bad behaviour'

If there’s one thing parents can agree on it’s that their child has had a tantrum. But how are parents to know whether their child is simply struggling with a big emotion or whether there is something more serious and long lasting to be dealt with?

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What to do when your child is the bully

Bullying is traumatic for children, taking a toll on their physical and mental wellbeing. But what about the children doing the bullying? How should parents respond? What is going on in the child's life that means they’ve turned to bullying behaviour?

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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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Report warns against physical discipline

A report from the American Academy of Paediatrics finds that parents should not use corporal punishment as it can be associated with aggressive behaviour in a child and make it more likely that children will be defiant or aggressive in the future.

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