Preschooler Development

How to help kids remember their earliest years later in life

LAKSHMI SINGH Remembering events from early in a child’s life is limited after the age of seven, with most of them experiencing childhood amnesia – or the inability to recall those memories from the earliest years of their lives.

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When your child is "gender creative"

Why you shouldn't be worried about 'gender non-conforming' behaviour.

Catherine Rodie Lilly Thomson* was just three and a half years old when she first told her mother that she wanted to be a boy.

Gardening guru creates nature's playground

Mount Clear Kinder's garden designed by Wes Flemming.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Wes Fleming made his name creating beautiful gardens, now he is using his expertise to design inspiring natural playgrounds.

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Sheryl Sandberg, Beyonce and Mobama want to ban the word 'bossy'

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Why using the word 'bossy' to describe young assertive girls is robbing them of their future leaderships skills and what these celebs are doing about it.

Parent-free nights beneficial for kids too

Benefits that come with the babysitter.

Lilani Goonesena Parents know they need a night off together from time to time but surprisingly it is also beneficial for kids to get some parent-free time too.

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25 things little girls wish daddies knew

What little girls want their daddies to know ...

Tara Hedman To all the daddies with little girls who aren't old enough yet to ask for what they need from you, here is what we wish you knew.

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How older children interact with their siblings impacts development

Being a good big sister or brother is more important than you might think.

In large families, young kids can't always get a lot of individual attention from parents - but healthy interactions with an older sibling might help compensate for that, a new study suggests.

When do your children need you most?

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Lucinda Schmidt Is it more important to be around your children when they are toddlers or as they grow into teenagers?

Prisoners' children are 'forgotten victims'

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FLETA PAGE Experts are calling for children of prisoners to be acknowledged in the criminal justice process.

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Why it matters that Angelina Jolie's white child plays with black dolls

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Keli Goff Angelina Jolie is known for her unconventional family, which includes three biological children with longtime partner Brad Pitt and adopted children from Cambodia, Ethiopia and Vietnam.

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Top 10 songs you won't mind your preschooler singing

Thank you Katy Perry!

AMBER ROBINSON There are very few songs on the radio today that you would be happy to have your preschooler sing along to but there are a few exceptions, writes Amber Robinson.

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Boys not immune to body image concerns

Body image isn't only an issue for girls ...

Josefa Pete As a mother of two boys Josefa Pete is aware of some of the parenting challenges that lie ahead but she always thought she would be immune to this one until her four-year-old son asked her this question.

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She's selling it ... but she's four

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Julia Teen Fashion Kids is the latest Instagram craze dedicated to showcasing the fashion looks of children that’s clocked up 1.3 million followers already. But should parents be posting?

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Can Love Be Taught?

Teaching children that love is more than infatuation ...

Nicole Thomson-Pride Throughout childhood, fairy tales and songs about love set children up to think it is easy, but what can parents do to help their children grow up with a balanced and realistic view of love?

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When body image concerns start early

When worries about looks start young ...

Michaela Fox Recently, I gave chocolate biscuits to my three young daughters for their afternoon tea. This would normally be greeted with joyful smiles, but on this occasion, my four-year-old’s lips trembled and she dissolved into tears.

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What my daughter taught me about body image

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Kasey Edwards Things we can all learn by observing a four-year-old child.

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Wise words to competitive parents

Milestones that matter ...

Karen Hardy The planets have aligned a couple of times this week. It's kind of spooky when that happens, reminding you everything in life is interconnected.

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Early intervention key to child stuttering

Dean Grimshaw, 6, was part of some research in Melbourne that reveals stuttering is twice as common as previously thought. 26th August 2013. Photo by Jason South

Konrad Marshall When her toddler Dean couldn't quite say words he's learnt aloud, Kaylene Grimshaw remembers most the pained and frustrated expression on his face.

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Fifteen rules for peeing

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Beth Woolsey Why must boys turn peeing into a challenging game? Here are 15 hilarious (and sadly needed) rules to help boys stay on the straight and narrow.

How to stop children wetting the bed

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Patricia Ha Yuen Caldwell It is a problem that affects 15-20 percent of school-aged children and while most children grow out of bed-wetting here are the treatments to help speed things along.

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Could your four-year-old save your life?

What to do in an emergency ...

Katie Carlin We all think it won't happen to us but could your child phone for help if you were in trouble? That’s exactly what happened to one Perth family last month when four-year-old Ethan saved his father’s life.

Blaming Barbie

Barbie: Friend or foe?

Libby Hakim Is Barbie really to blame for our lifelong body image woes or do we not give children enough credit for their ability to distinguish make believe from reality?

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Photographer makes kids' nightmares come true

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Livia Gamble All your childhood fears come alive in Joshua Hoffine’s latest collection of photographs, starring two of his daughters in terrifying settings.

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Raising a resilient redhead

Red heads need thick skin to withstand the ginger-bashing in our society ...

Carolyn Tate Carolyn Tate wonders how to prepare her red-headed daughter for the slew of ginger-bashing that is bound to come her way in life.

When stuttering is a good thing

When your child develops a stutter ...

Belinda Peters A child that begins to stutter is sure to cause their parents alarm, but it could be a sign of a leap in speech and language development.

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Boy realises where meat comes from

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Livia Gamble Watch the viral video of a boy explaining to his mum why he doesn't want to eat to his dinner, saying animals should be taken care of and not eaten.

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Meet the five-year-old Instagram icon

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SARAH BERRY Fan sites, thousands of followers and the adoration of celebrity stylists. Meet the five-year-old mini megastar.

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Has beautiful become a bad word?

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Jen Vuk Are we inadvertently setting children up for a lifetime of zero body confidence every time we tell them they're beautiful?

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Parents' anger over Merida's sexy makeover

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KATIE CARLIN Merida's new look might have got her in to the princess pack but has she lost her vote with parents?

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Over-protective parents are linked to teenage depression

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AMY CORDEROY Teaching ''helicopter parents'' and ''tiger mums'' to control their emotions could be the key to preventing mental illness in their children, researchers say.

My four-year-old refuses to speak

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Bianca Wordley It’s been two terms of kindergarten and still she will not speak. From the moment we step inside the kindy gates, she hides her beautiful voice from the world.

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Four challenges of parenting a four-year-old

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Megan Blandford Has your four-year-old returned to the tantrum-throwing, porky-pie telling, stubborn toddler you thought you left behind two years ago? You're not alone. Here is why and how you can help restore some peace to your home.

A champion for all the nation's children

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RACHEL BROWNE Australia's first Children's Commissioner grasps the importance of the role, having experienced her own childhood adversity.

Disney rescues girls from princess culture

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CHRISTINE SAMS Growing parental concern about young girls being inundated with princess culture is being addressed by Disney, the biggest global purveyor of princess characters on television and film.

How to be an amazing aunt or uncle

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AMY GRAY The people who leave the most profound traces on your life are not always your parents and the role of aunt or uncle is more valuable than you might first think, writes Amy Gray.

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The anxiety of the blended family

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Sarah Wayland What happens when a single mum or dad re-partner? How do they navigate the new structure when kids come with that package?

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The princess strikes back

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VICTORIA BIRCH Avoiding the princess phase seems about as easy as sidestepping a herd of rampaging wildebeest but Victoria Birch wonders if we have been too quick to write-off their value.

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'Teen Mom' star waxes her three-year-old

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Livia Gamble Farrah Abraham thought it was a good idea to wax her three-year-old daughter's unibrow.

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Boy's pink shoes spark debate

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KATIE CARLIN Would you let your son wear pink zebra print shoes to his first day of preschool?

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An app to fight bullying

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JAMES W MANNING For a father and app designer, the power of kids' imaginations is the key to helping them deal with bullying.

'Princess' is not a career

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KASEY EDWARDS US Supreme Court Justice shares awesome career advice on Sesame Street.

Philosophy the answer for curious kids?

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AMY GRAY For kids with a never-ending stream of confounding questions, philosophy might take them on an amazing path of discovery.

Election reduces four-year-old girl to tears

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Staff writers Election reduces four-year-old girl to tears

How to get kids to sleep in their own bed

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QUIRKY KID Children often sleep alongside parents or siblings as they are growing up but how and when do you transition them into sleeping in their own bed?

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Complaining about motherhood

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Andie Fox Andie Fox reflects on the trials and joys of motherhood and why speaking the truth about your struggles can be liberating.

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Do you support a public sex offenders register?

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Justine Davies On Monday, Australia’s first-ever public sex offender register went live but with many arguments for and against such an initiative will it enhance the safety of children or will it cause more problems?

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Putting an end to child abuse

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Saman Shad It does not need to be said that children are the most defenceless of creatures so why aren't we doing more to help the silent victims of child abuse?

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Benefits of bedtime stories last a lifetime

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PAUL CHAI Bedtime tales, however fanciful, are good for bonding as well as kids' brains.

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Looking after children's oral health

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Dr Stephen Blatchford With children as young as four are having all of their baby teeth removed because of poor oral health, it's clear that parents do not have enough information on how to care for their child's teeth.

Minnie Mouse forced to diet

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KASEY EDWARDS What happens when even a mouse is no longer allowed to be short and curvy?

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Losing their first baby tooth

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JUSTINE DAVIES If there’s one thing even more momentous than the hint of the first milk tooth breaking through your baby’s gummy smile, it’s the wobble and eventual loss of that first baby tooth to make way for the adult ones.

How your child’s diet can affect their teeth

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Livia Gamble Knowing what to feed your kids and teaching them healthy eating habits now will guarentee a big healthy grin later.

Breaking bad brushing habits

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VICTORIA BIRCH Victoria Birch has found a way to get her four-year-old to enjoy brushing his teeth and it is all to do with something called the Nurdle Durdles.

Keeping kids' teeth in check

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KATIE CARLIN Taking your child to the dentist for the first time can be an nerve-wrecking experience for them but there are many things that you can do from an early age to help ease their nerves and turn it into something positive.

Superhero play should stay

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Michelle Haines Thomas Helmets, make-shift capes, plastic swords and water guns - sound familiar? Most little boys go through a superhero stage in their early years but some preschools have taken to banning this kind of play. Michelle Haines Thomas tells us why superhero play should be encouraged not banned.

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The secret lives of boys

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Sarah Macdonald How having a son has changed one mother's view of the world.

Maxwell's fight for her son

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Chloe Maxwell's autistic son, Max, is her "precious gift" - and her great challenge. She tells of her tearful journey to try to understand the world he lives in.

Killer role models

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Paul Chai Why are so many early childhood heroes based on violent killers?

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Five things that I want my daughters to know

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JUSTINE DAVIES As the world celebrates International Women’s Day today, Justine Davies shares a personal letter to her daughters on what she wants them to know as they grow up into the next generation of women.

The anatomy of choices and mistakes

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Mel Hearse It's tempting to try and stop your child from making mistakes by taking control but Mel Hearse discovers why you need to let your little ones make up their own minds.

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