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Lies and Lying: Why do children tell lies?

Parents can easily feel frustrated or upset when their child lies to them, but according to clinical psychologist Dr Becky Kennedy it all comes down to evolution and trust. So what strategies work when children lie and should you resort to punishment?

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Family diversity: How to teach children

Whether your children are growing up in a single parent home, a nuclear family or with same-sex parents, foster parents or an adoptive family – Christmas is a great time to teach them about diversity and that families come in all shapes and sizes.

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Teaching your child to feel gratitude

Gratitude is a complex emotion that is difficult even for some adults. It involves a sense of thankfulness and appreciation of what you have, which also requires some perspective. So how do we teach children to feel and act with gratitude?

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How our childhood affects our parenting

Clinical psychologist Dr Sophie Havighurst says what happens in our childhood creates emotional triggers that affect how we react as adults. These automatic responses regularly play out in our own parenting and can be passed onto the next generation.

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'Parent shaming' affecting mental health

A study has found that in a sample of more than 1000 Australian parents, almost half reported feeling shamed for their parenting approach. So what are parents being shamed for and what are the impacts? And what is the concept of ‘good enough’ parenting?

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Pressure cooker parenting

Although it can be a difficult thing to do when our children are young, University of Queensland Associate Professor Alina Morawska says parents carving out time to look after ourselves is incredibly important when it comes to managing our own emotions.

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Baby-bonding: Secure attachment for dads

When the relationship between a father and baby gives a ‘secure base’ to explore the world, the child forms a secure bond. Associate Professor Richard Fletcher, originator of the SMS4dads program, explores attachment and quality bonding for fathers.

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Teaching pet safety and responsibility

Getting a new pet can be wonderful for children and a valuable part of child development, however there are some important safety considerations whether the pet is warm and fuzzy or cold and scaly. So which animal makes a best first childhood pet?

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