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How to deal with a perfectionist child

While some parents might not see being a perfectionist as a disadvantage, some children are very self-critical and it can be upsetting to see them setting high standards and watching it interfere with their enjoyment of learning or performing.

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Understanding left and right handedness

Left handed people often find the world is oriented toward right-handedness. Whether it's can openers, scissors, computers, or vegie peelers, there's often a right-handed bias. But what is the science and statistics behind left and right-handedness?

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Skin-to-skin cuddles help babies thrive

Touch is important for all newborns. Skin-to-skin care gives consistent, predictable touch that is comforting for a newborn and benefits both baby and parents. According to the research, it assists brain development and helps establish breastfeeding.

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Premature birth and the link to ADHD

Children born very preterm are showing rates of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), three times higher than the general population, studies are showing, however monitoring can assist health care professionals with early intervention.

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Child safety around the home: Checklist

The home is the most common place for young children to be injured, but many injuries are predictable and preventable. To make the home environment as safe as possible we spoke to two experts to provide their useful tips on keeping children safe.

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Promoting children's positive body image

Research on body image has revealed that children as young as three, are already forming opinions and biases around size. Poor body image is often associated with teenagers, however parents may not realise just how early weight and size bias forms.

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When your child has a fear of the dark

A fear of the dark is one of the most common of childhood fears. Its official name is ‘nyctophobia’ and, for some children, the fear of night-time, or darkness, can leave them gripped by fear with symptoms ranging from panic and anxiety to depression.

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Epigenetics: Child development and genes

Epigenetics is an emerging area of research. We already knew that the experiences young children have in their first 1000 days plays a role in their development. We now know these early experiences can actually change the way their genes are expressed.

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