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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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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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Children thrive with a regular bedtime

Research out of the United Kingdom is showing that it is not just the number of hours a child sleeps that matters, but also having consistent bedtimes. It seems that regular bedtimes really matter when it comes to a child’s health and development.

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Children's tooth decay not ruled by genes

A new study has found that one in three children have tooth decay by the time they start school. But the study, which looked at the teeth of 173 sets of identical and non identical twins, found genetics didn’t appear important in terms of tooth decay.

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A guide to childhood shyness and anxiety

How can a parent know if there is cause for concern over behaviour that indicates a child is shy or perhaps anxious? Associate Professor Brigid Jordan says a good rule of thumb is if you feel it is interfering with your child’s enjoyment of life.

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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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