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Issue 79 | 06 September 2016


Latest parenting news

Free online parenting program for parents for dealing with child behaviour issues, sibling fighting and emotional issues

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Australia’s first online-only, nationally available, evidence-based, father-friendly free parenting program ParentWorks has launched, with the aim of increasing participation of both parents to improve outcomes significantly for families and society...
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Minimal drugs and better results with new IVF treatment

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Scientists have discovered how to improve a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant using a less invasive and cheaper alternative to IVF...
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Should parents be more compassionate to themselves?

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Research to date has demonstrated self-compassion to be an important resource in coping with life’s adversity. However, little is known about self-compassion in the parenting context...
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New strategy helps preemie babies breathe better

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A study at The University of Western Australia that looked into ways of preventing respiratory health problems in premature babies has been listed in the top 10 projects...
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Online gaming improves grades, but facebook lowers them

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Teenagers who regularly play online video games tend to improve their school results, but school students who visit Facebook or chat sites every day are more likely to fall behind...
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Probiotics not helpful for infant colic

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Infant colic, or excessive crying for no apparent cause, is extremely common and can have significant consequences for the baby and their mother’s mental health. It affects up to 20% of infants...
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Teen girls ignore cybersafety in preference to friendship expectations

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A Griffith University study into teen girls’ online behaviour has found they understand the rules of cybersafety but choose to flout those rules, especially when communicating with close friends...
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When your kids are feeling blue

Where to get help

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There are a range of telephone and web-based counselling services available for young people with mental health challenges in Australia....
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Dr Joe: Anxiety in children

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In this modern fast-paced world, it’s not uncommon for anyone of any age, and that includes children, to at times be anxious....
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Mindfulness reduces teen depression

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Mindfulness is a form of meditation therapy focused on exercising ‘attentiveness’ over one’s thoughts. Depression is often rooted in a downward spiral of negative feelings...
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Laugh along with your kids


“You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing.” Michael Pritchard

View our selection of jokes and fun questions to share with your kids.

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Party food

Caramel bliss balls

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Real fruit jelly

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Healthy sausage rolls

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Party games

Pin the tail on the donkey with free downloadable template

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Pass the parcel

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Musical statues

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Our competitions this week

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Win 1 of 2 Kidizoom Smart Watches DX from VTech

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Competition winners

The winners of the book "You’re different, Jemima!" and the winners of the personalised phone cases have been announced! Check out if you are one of the lucky winners!
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