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Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School

<a href="/articles/talking-to-infants-gives-them-a-headstart-on-school">Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School</a>

Stanford researchers have shown that children whose parents engage them in frequent conversation get a head start on the language skills they'll use in school. Anne Fernald and colleagues at Stanford University conducted experiments that revealed parents who talk to their infant more are improving their child’s language processing skills, which in turn, helps them to learn vocabulary. Exposure to ‘child-directed speech’ – different to overheard speech – appears to sharpen an infant’s ability to process spoken language, critical to language development. Read full article

Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success

<a href="/articles/regular-bedtimes-for-children-support-academic-success">Regular Bedtimes for Children Support Academic Success</a>

What time did your child go to bed last night and was it about the same time as the night before? Having a consistent and early enough bedtime during children’s younger years is likely to pay dividends when they are older, with research showing that children who have non-regular and late bedtimes are more likely to perform worse in reading and maths. The longer the irregular and late sleep patterns continue, the more likely it is that a child may suffer these cognitive effects. Read full article

Toilet Training Twins – Mother of all Messes

<a href="/blogs/rebeccarobinson/2013/03/26/toilet-training-twins-%E2%80%93-mother-of-all-messes">Toilet Training Twins – Mother of all Messes</a>

That got your attention, didn’t it? When other mums think about my life with twins and say to me, “I can’t imagine it…”, I say, you can, just close your eyes and imagine. You have toilet trained one toddler - caught wees and rushed little bot bots to the loo with the speed of a mother possessed. Read full article

Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents - Carmina Burana Music - Brilliant!

<a href="/blogs/2013/03/20/ode-to-sleep-deprived-parents-carmina-burana-music-brilliant">Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents - Carmina Burana Music - Brilliant!</a>

This will make you grin widely - fabulous new lyrics set to the opening chorus music of Carmina Burana and sung by the full Sydney Symphony choir - "O You terror! Get Down From there ...Mum is Getting Cranky .." and so on. For parents of toddlers who just need someone to listen! Read full article

Do Your Children Play on Smartphones in Restaurants?

<a href="/blogs/martinaungle/2012/10/25/do-your-children-play-on-smartphones-in-restaurants">Do Your Children Play on Smartphones in Restaurants?</a>

Late last year, I was sitting in a pizzeria in Balmain having dinner with my then 14-year-old. The restaurant was full with most of the tables taken up with families, not a great surprise on an early Saturday night. However, as I looked around the room, I noticed a pretty astounding thing. Apart from our table, every single child in the restaurant – and I mean every single child – was playing on some smartphone, tablet or games device. And these were children of all ages, from kids in prams and high chairs to older teenagers. Read full article

Don't Put Your Old Television in Your Child's Room

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/10/03/dont-put-your-old-television-in-your-childs-room">Don&#039;t Put Your Old Television in Your Child&#039;s Room</a>

Research results were released this week from the University of Sydney’s School of Public Health indicating that between about 20% and 30% of five year olds in Australia have a television in their bedroom. I was surprised. Although the study was focused on obesity in younger children, it is the figure about televisions in bedrooms that really amazes me...If you were considering putting your old television in your child’s room, here are my 8 reasons for why you should instead donate it to charity: Read full article

Three Young Children Have Thrown Me Off 'Balance'

<a href="/blogs/rebeccarobinson/2012/04/09/three-young-children-have-thrown-me-off-balance">Three Young Children Have Thrown Me Off &#039;Balance&#039;</a>

Balance sh-malance... I thought I had balance. For a moment. I thought it was for keeps. But I only have until Kindy Boy turns five in a few weeks. Then the 3.30pm Wednesday swimming lesson changes and he moves up to another group called Turtles or Dolphins or Lobsters or something and then this time slot for him fails to exist. Upon realising this, my brain went into melt down. Read full article

Beauty Pageant Mom Gives Daughter " Pageant Crack "

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/09/beauty-pageant-mom-gives-daughter-pageant-crack">Beauty Pageant Mom Gives Daughter &quot; Pageant Crack &quot;</a>

You might think the outrage about the Toddlers and Tiaras - type shows has been done to death - but here's something else to think about. A U.S. mother says she gives her young daughter a boost of what's apparently known as ' pageant crack ' to give her the energy needed for the long days of beauty pageants - her daughter says the mixture makes her "hyper". I said the word "concerning" about a million times in this clip - but I really am concerned. Read full article

A Baby Bird Leaves the Nest ... I mean, Couch

<a href="/blogs/michellestedman/2012/01/12/a-baby-bird-leaves-the-nest-i-mean-couch">A Baby Bird Leaves the Nest ... I mean, Couch</a>

Will was lovingly placed on the couch by his Aunty last week. While all five of our backs were turned for a split second, Will decided to try his hand at some ‘couch diving’; enter horrible crunching noise and blood-curdling scream ... Read full article

Who's Your Favourite Parent? Must Watch for Laughs

The funniest video I've seen recently and too cute - a father asks his toddler daughter who her favourite parent is - so funny. Read full article