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Effective ways to build positive behaviour

Dr Susan Krieg says parents need to pay as much attention to the behaviours they want to encourage in young children as problem behaviours. Rather than ‘managing’ young children’s behaviour, she says parents should focus 'catching them being good'.

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Supporting curious and creative children

One of the most important ideas for us as parents, grandparents and carers to grasp is that curiosity, creativity and compassion can be learned. It is not simply a matter that children are born ‘curious’ or ‘creative’. They learn these ways of being.

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When fear and anxiety drives parenting

It’s not unusual for parents to feel anxious from time to time. What are the signs you may have become overly anxious or fearful and what can you do to help yourself and your child? Psychologist Dr Judith Locke provides helpful parenting suggestions.

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Helping a child deal with disappointment

As a parent you hate to see your child disappointed, but navigating disappointment is something everybody must do in life. Dr Elizabeth Westrupp says it’s important to recognise that all emotions are vital, even the ones that make children feel unhappy.

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When is it okay to lie to your children?

For some families, the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus and Tooth Fairy are what little dreams are made of, but for some parents the thought of tinsel, over-priced baby teeth and cavity inducing chocolate eggs are perpetuating myths that mislead children.

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Why spend one-on-one time with your child

Interested in boosting your child’s self-confidence, brain development, language and social skills? More one-on-one time may be part of the answer, contributing numerous benefits to a child's development according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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Teaching children the joy of generosity

Christmas time or any peak time for gift giving is ideal for parents to lead by example and show children that there’s more to life than holding hands out for seemingly endless gifts. It’s important that parents demonstrate "the roots of empathy".

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Safe Strangers: when children get lost

One of Australia’s leading organisations focused on child safety says teaching children that all strangers are dangerous can do more harm than good. It is important for children to identify "safe strangers" who could help them if they were to get lost.

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