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Parenting trends: What is a 'Yes Day'?

Handing control over to your children for an entire day might seem a strange choice. Made popular by Yes Day, a 2021 Netflix movie, a Yes Day (or even a Yes Hour for younger children) is a good way to help children test their limits and capabilities.

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How to teach your child patience

None of us are born with patience, instead children learn how to self-regulate by the structures and support parents provide. Professor of Clinical Psychology David Hawes discusses what to expect from children and why, and how to teach patience.

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Is there a right and wrong way to parent?

Research shows parenting style can impact a child’s self-esteem, social skills and ability to self-regulate and cope. The question is: Can the way you raise your children set them up to thrive in the world? Researchers think the answer is yes.

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7 tips for those tough parenting days

Some days are tough. Being a parent stretches us. We wish we could hand the children over to grandma (or kindy) and hide under the blanket watching Netflix. Popular parenting expert Dr Justin Coulson looks at ways to handle those difficult parenting days.

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Parenting mistakes: How to eat humble pie

Anyone who has raised a child knows parenting perfection is false. Humble pie doesn’t taste great, but it’s very good for our relationships with our little ones. Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia's most popular parenting experts, suggests 5 steps.

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Pufferfish parents: How to stop using threats

We puff ourselves up. We put on our angry face. We use our loud voice. And we threaten our children with dire consequences. One of Australia's most popular parenting experts Dr Justin Coulson looks at nine ways to stop using threats with your children.

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Why spanking children doesn't work

For many years, spanking was considered to be a ‘normal’ way to discipline a child. However, one of the most widespread studies into the act of spanking has revealed that no studies found physical punishment predicted better child behaviour over time.

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5 tips to help guide children's behaviour

Ever wondered how early childhood educators manage those tricky behaviours? Well it is important to realise that home and early learning centres are very different environments, but central to their approach is consistency. View some of their top tips.

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