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How to raise kind and helpful children

It may not seem like it at times, but children want to help. As parents, it's our job to nurture and guide our children's natural inclination to be kind so they develop a lifelong habit. So how do raise kind, helpful, respectful and responsible children?

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Helping children express gender identity

Some parents may find children's confronting gender questions difficult to answer. Professor of Psychiatry Louise Newman urges parents not to panic or be cross, but to keep the conversation going, ensuring children never feel guilty or ashamed.

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Brain imaging to shed light on autism

In world first, researchers from Melbourne’s Murdoch Children’s Research Institute are using brain imaging to try to better understand why some autistic children develop typically in their first couple of years, before showing a drastic loss of skills.

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5 childhood illnesses: A parent's guide

Whether it’s ear infections, coughs, colds, stomach bugs or something more serious, it’s helpful for parents and carers to know the signs and symptoms and when to seek medical attention. Dr Ryan Harvey outlines five childhood illnesses to be aware of.

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Are you helping raise SunSmart children?

Sun protection is an essential life skill for any child growing up in Australia. Infants and toddlers up to four years of age are particularly vulnerable to UV damage. Two in three Australians will develop some form of skin cancer over their lifetime.

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Healthy eating sets families up for life

Managing fussy eaters is one of the biggest frustrations of families. As a parent, you want your child to be healthy and happy and when they only want to eat jam sandwiches, you worry they aren’t getting the nutrients they need for optimal growth.

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How to help your shy or anxious child

Socially anxious children can worry excessively, but research suggests parents have the power to make a difference. They can teach shy or socially anxious children to think more realistically and encourage them to gently and gradually face their fears.

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'I Like to Move It': Keeping children active

Walking, talking, drinking from a cup, doing up a zip, drawing, and catching a ball are just some of the movements that most children will acquire early in life. Movement also plays a vital role in their cognitive, social and emotional development.

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