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Issue 103 | 10 May 2018


Hot parenting news

Children giving endurance athletes a run for their money

Researchers have discovered how young children seem to be able to run around all day without getting tired: their muscles resist fatigue in the same way as elite endurance athletes...
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Miracle Month of May: Prematurity leaves parents struck with guilt

The birth of a child is a miracle, but parents face the stark reality that 1 in 10 babies are born prematurely...
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E-cigarettes cause wide range of health problems in mothers and their kids

They’ve been hailed as the danger-free alternative to nicotine-based cigarettes. But are electronic cigarettes really safer? The short answer: no...
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TV not to blame for sedentary kids

Too much screen time is often blamed for children’s sedentary lifestyles, but new research has challenged this view...
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Feeding fussy kids need not be a battle

An analysis of the worries of parents driven to desperation over their child’s ‘fussy’ eating has revealed many parents view feeding time as a battleground...
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CBT can improve emotion regulation in children with autism

Cognitive behavioural therapy can help children with autism manage not only anxiety but other emotional challenges, such as sadness and anger...
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Majority of young drivers use phones while driving, think they won’t get caught

Three-quarters of young adults in Western Australia use their mobile phones while driving despite knowing it is illegal, new Edith Cowan University research has found...
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The health of Australia’s mums and bubs varies by where they live

The health of Australia’s pregnant women and their babies has improved across a range of health indicators, with infant deaths and smoking during pregnancy on the decline...
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Very preterm babies at risk of declining lung function throughout childhood

Survivors of very preterm birth face declining lung function as they get older, rather than growing out of any lung problems as previously believed...
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Most read this week

Reanna talks about being a teen mum

For some seventeen year olds, growing up can be fast tracked and the experience is quite different to that of their peers....
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Is my baby eating enough?

Hi, Dr Joe, my 18 month old does not eat much. For breakfast he may only have three bites of a banana or Vegemite sandwich...
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What to do about cradle cap

The term cradle cap applies to a rash that generally appears on the scalp, most typically in babies from about one month, up to 6 months or so...
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Parent resources

Twelve practical tips for creating storage space in kids’ bedrooms

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Pass the parcel ideas

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When to start your baby on solids

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Joke of the month

At a pre-birth class aimed at couples who have already had at least one child, the instructor raised the issue of breaking the news to the older child. 

"Some parents," she said, "tell the older child, 'We love you so much we decided to bring another child into this family.' But think about that. Ladies, what if your husband came home one day and said, 'Honey, I love you so much I decided to bring home another wife'?"

One of the women spoke up immediately. "Does she cook???"

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