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Meat Free Week – Corn Cakes with Tomato and Avocado Salsa

By Debbie Kertesz - 24/03/2014 - 09:57

This week is the 2nd annual Meat Free Week and my lovely husband – a staunch carnivore – has volunteered to take the challenge and forgo flesh for a full seven days. While I’m doubtful that he’ll decide to become a full-time vegetarian after a week without meat, I do hope he will come to realize that you can eat well and still enjoy delicious, satisfying food when consuming a plant-based diet. Read full post

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Getting the Screen Time Balance Right for Families

By Leonie Smith - 04/03/2014 - 11:36

Screen time is all about balance. It's more about what is being done on the screen than the amount of time spent. Too much screen time can mean that family members aren't really talking to each other or spending time in a productive way. If you're not sure if your family has got the right balance, consider these questions: Read full post

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Reducing the Risk of Harm from Allergies with Empathy

By Mihiri Udabage - 04/02/2014 - 11:19

The adorable first-day-at-school montages crowd my newsfeed on Facebook – little legs swimming in kaftan-sized uniforms, half a face emerging from under a too-big hat, tiny shoulders swallowed by cavernous backpacks. I love the end-of-day pictures the most – pigtails askew, shoe laces lying like puddles around bitumen-scuffed shoes, tired but happy smiles that say “I did it!” Read full post

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Christmas Concerns? Advice from an Expert

By - 17/12/2013 - 12:10

Gifts, Santa, and family time. While most children are thrilled by the approach of Christmas, some parents have mixed feelings. Dr Marc de Rosnay*, from the University of Sydney’s School of Psychology, talks you through some possible concerns you might have about your children: Read full post

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Creating an Inclusive Education System in Australia

By - 17/12/2013 - 11:10

"I was shocked when the local preschool teacher asked me when my son was coming to preschool… I had no idea he was even permitted to attend the local preschool." Those are not the words of a mother during Apartheid in South Africa or someone labelled 'untouchable' living under a caste system. They are the words of an Australian mother whose son has been labelled 'disabled'. This mother is participating in some of my current research. Read full post

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Michelle's Top Internet Finds

By Michelle Higgins - 04/12/2013 - 06:55

Here is this week's best-of-the-best child and parenting articles found on the internet, selected by happychild contributor, Michelle Higgins. This week, topics include motherhood, education, literacy, and talking to children about sex education. Read full post

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How Parents Can Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Their Baby

By Lynn Jenkins - 28/11/2013 - 09:26

Apart from having necessary physical needs to be met, human babies have social and emotional needs, that when fulfilled, teach them how to interact with people, connect, form trusting relationships with others and understand their own emotions. This video offers simple guidance for parents on how to lay the foundation for social and emotional learning. Read full post

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Michelle's Top Internet Finds

By Michelle Higgins - 27/11/2013 - 09:17

Welcome to my new weekly column where I present an eclectic mix of articles from around the globe on all things related to children and parenting. This week, topics include pregnancy and childbirth, media effects on children, special needs, and education. Read full post

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