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6 tips to get reading

Do you have a reluctant reader in the family? Here are some tips to get them reading.

Does your child refuse to get dressed?

If getting your child clothed is a daily battle, here are some tips to get things moving.

Seven-year-old wetting the bed

My 7-year old still wets his bed. He's really stressed about it, and the problem is getting worse with time. How common is it at this age?

Should you let kids quit?

You might want your kids to play sport to help foster a team spirit, but if they really hate it should you let them drop out?

5 things I haven't taught my kids

There are a few key life skills I haven't taught my kids, and I'm okay with that.


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Challenges of raising boys

Being raised as one of four girls, it would be fair to say boys were foreign to me. So when I gave birth to two sons, I felt out of my depth.


Flex your kids' brains with exercise

If kids are going to be all that they are meant to be, both physically and cognitively, then they need to be physically fit.

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Life's not so black and white

How to address those curly questions such as "where is my dad?"


Messy rooms ok

A tidy room isn't necessarily as crucial to a child's development as parents might expect.

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Oops, did I say that?

I said something sexist in front of my kids - and then they repeated the offending phrase.


Girls just wanna have fun

Megan gained clarity about raising her two girls after a friend posted a link on Facebook.

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Kids and world tragedy

As a parent, what should we do when kids see or hear the news and start asking questions?


Bless this mess

My daughter's room is a tip. She's 8. Should I ignore it? Should I make her clean it? Should I clean it for her?

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Five ways to raise kind kids

If we want our kids to become caring, responsible adults we need to teach them how to get there. Here are five tips from a Harvard psychologist.

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The importance of friends

Friends are an important part of our lives, some we only have in our lives for a short time and others become like a part of our family.


Does your child have friends?

Nothing tears at a parent's heart strings like the words, "No-one wants to play with me!" Here is how to help kids form friendships.

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Adult fears cramp kids

Children are becoming more anxious and angry - and it's all our fault, researchers say.

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Do you lie by omission?

If you don't tell your kids the whole truth, chances are they can tell - and they're not impressed.


I don't like the tooth fairy

My five year old son has lost his first tooth, why am I so worried about the tooth fairy?

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Coping with a wilful child

"NO!" she screamed, eyes wide and distraught. "Go away! GO AWAY! I CAN DO IT BY MYSELF!" - Does this sound familiar?

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