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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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How to handle tantrums and meltdowns

Kicking, screaming, crying and tantrums: whichever way these behaviours play out, they all have one thing in common - for most children there is a clear underlying reason why they are expressing themselves in what is considered an inappropriate way.

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How to introduce children to chores

It could mean simple tasks such as picking up toys up from the floor or feeding the family pets. There will be an age-appropriate task you could ask your child to do on a daily basis that will instil in them a strong sense of helping the family.

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How to talk to children about disability

A part of raising children is experiencing that uncomfortable moment when your child points at a person with a disability and in a booming voice asks a personal question. Dr Terry Cumming suggest how to answer while teaching acceptance and manners.

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Techno-tantrums? We’ve got some tips

Dr Kristy Goodwin says a techno-tantrum describes when children emotionally combust and throw a tantrum when you ask them to digitally disconnect and switch off technology. But what is normal behaviour and and how can parents manage the response?

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