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Issue 77 | 09 August 2016


Latest parenting news

Privacy concerns over toys which connect with the internet

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Children could be at risk of corporate surveillance and breaches of their data privacy from an unlikely new source: their toys....
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How breastmilk helps preemie babies hearts long-term

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Breastfeeding premature babies improves long-term heart structure and function, an Oxford University study has found....
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Research into grandparent-grandchild relationships

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A James Cook University researcher is looking for participants to help share experiences about involuntary lost contact between grandparents and their grandchildren – and how to help fix it...
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The benefits of exercise during pregnancy

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Women who exercise during pregnancy are more likely to deliver vaginally than those who do not, and show no greater risk of preterm birth...
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Professor dad: becoming a stay at home parent

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Materials scientist Professor Marc in het Panhuis is joining a small handful of Australian men leaving the workplace temporarily to assume the role of primary caregiver...
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The stigma experiences of parents of children with mental health problems

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Researchers at the University of Western Australia are seeking parents of children with mental health problems to take part in a study that will explore parents’ experiences...
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Early bedtimes reduce obesity risk

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Preschoolers who are regularly tucked into bed by 8 pm are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the evening, new research has found....
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Suicide a leading cause of maternal death

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Suicide is one of the leading causes of maternal death in many developed countries. More research needs to be done to understand the causes and...
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Our best free kids’ activities and worksheets as chosen by you!

Shape worksheets for preschoolers (2-4 year olds)

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These free fun maths worksheets for kids help toddlers and preschoolers develop mathematical skills like recognising shapes and counting.
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Hand washing – activities to make it fun

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Hand washing games make hand washing fun, and make it more likely your child will wash their hands. You can use games to teach your children how germs spread from a person’s...
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Fruit and vegetable flashcard games

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These fruit and vegetable flashcards games are a great way to teach children about healthy eating, while developing maths and other skills...
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Parenting truths


The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop. 
Mark Twain
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If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
Thomas Paine
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A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
Victor Hugo
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Sometimes the poorest man, leaves his children the richest inheritance. 
Ruth E Renkel
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Our expert answers the awkward questions

Genital playing in public

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Our resident expert, Desiree Spierings, explains that children will display different kinds of healthy sexual behaviours, and they're not just about actual sex.
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How do I get my libido back?

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Desiree Spierings explains why women are struggling to get their libido back after having a child and how they can change this.​
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Becoming sexually active too young

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Desiree Spierings explains how education and open discussions about intimacy are the best way to help teenagers develop a healthy sexuality.
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