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Understanding the keys to good sleep

Dr Michal Kahn says it’s not easy to define a ‘bad’ sleeper from just normal infant sleeping behaviour when there are social pressures for infants to be perfect sleepers based on unrealistic expectations, fuelled by photos of instagram-happy parents.

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Organ donation: What families should know

Australian parents hold a number of misconceptions about organ donation. A survey polled 1886 parents and carers across Australia about their beliefs, attitudes and understanding of organ donation, discovering some interesting insights in the process.

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How to talk to children about disasters

Bushfires, flood, drought and other natural disasters can be traumatic for adults and children alike. Dr Andrea Baldwin looks at ways to prepare and help children cope when disaster threatens, supporting their mental health and emotional wellbeing.

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Judging parents: How we learn together

Quite often there are lots of demands on parents. Raising children isn't always easy and at times parents can feel judged on their efforts. Associate Professor Iris Duhn urges more generosity and kindness by withholding judgement while offering help.

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Teaching children crucial life skills

Dr Nicola Yelland says parents may be missing opportunities to tease out life skills from everyday life. She claims the majority of a parent's role is to model, encourage and talk, and developing this habit is more effective than educational toys.

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Screen time and the science of learning

Screens are not good babysitters, but is there such a thing as healthy screen time? How do we understand the benefits and challenges or decide when screen usage might aid learning? Author, speaker and academic Dr Michael Nagel, looks at the research.

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How to answer a child's tough questions

Children are full of questions and sometimes the answers are uncomfortable. Explaining why we don’t use 'that' word, or the reasons behind world war may be awkward, but answering is important. So how can parents of young children handle the hard chat?

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Finding confidence in your parenting

It's understandable parents are anxious for their child's future, but the anxiety of today’s parents goes beyond that, says Professor Frank Oberklaid. The demands of modern life create a complex environment in which parents need to trust their instincts.

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