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How to build quality family relationships

Children’s most important early relationships are with parents. Positive parent-child relationships are important for a child’s development. By switching off devices and appreciating simple things you can strengthen your relationship with your child.

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The truth about parenting an only child

Proponents of larger families claim 'only children' may be spoiled, lonely, or selfish. But science shows this is wrong. Known as 'only child syndrome' research now suggests there is no difference and there may even be benefits to being an only child.

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Finding ways to motivate your child

When motivating children, experts suggest that instead of saying, “You’re so amazing!” or “You’re the best at everything!” say, “I’m proud of you. You tried really hard at that", offering honest praise and acknowledging the effort they have put in.

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Fixing sleep issues with 'bedtime fading'

If bedtime is a battleground in your home, ‘bedtime fading’ may provide the answer. Sleep experts believe ‘bedtime fading’ is a simple intervention that can be easily implemented by parents, resulting in improvements in sleep and bedtime tantrums.

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How to praise and encourage your child

Praise is something we have all experienced, but there is debate about whether this is an appropriate tool for raising or working with children. Dr Michael Nagel discusses to what extent praise should be used and what type of praise is most beneficial. 

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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 on '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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