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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

Competition–Win Free Registration to the Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/06/26/competition%E2%80%93win-free-registration-to-the-infant-and-early-childhood-">Competition–Win Free Registration to the Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference</a>

Win free registration to the Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference in Canberra in October/November. Described as a "call to action", the program promises to be participative, innovative, stimulating, thought-provoking and enriching. Posing the questions: What vision do we want for our future? and Where should we be focussing our attention and efforts?, the conference will focus on what we can do to ensure children's social and emotional wellbeing and good mental health. Read full article

Cute Video - Children Tasting Food for the First Time

<a href="/blogs/2013/05/06/cute-video-children-tasting-food-for-the-first-time">Cute Video - Children Tasting Food for the First Time</a>

Showed at TEDx Sydney April 2013 - a slow motion video of children's faces tasting certain foods for the first time: anchovies, yoghurt, pickles, Vegemite ... by Saatchi. Called The First Taste Read full article

Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

<a href="/articles/is-your-child-a-picky-eater">Is Your Child a Picky Eater?</a>

Having a child who is a picky eater or fussy eater has been identified by families as a major barrier to having regular shared family mealtimes. Parents serve as important role models in helping children develop healthy eating habits. This is especially important as food preferences are formed early and remain stable throughout childhood. This article contains great tips and comes from the Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois. 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

Dummies or Pacifiers May Affect Emotional Development

<a href="/articles/dummies-or-pacifiers-may-affect-emotional-development">Dummies or Pacifiers May Affect Emotional Development</a>

Recently published research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides another reason for parents to hesitate to use dummies too often with their babies..."Since a baby is not yet verbal - and so much is regulated by facial expression - at least you want parents to be aware that using something like a pacifier limits their baby's ability to understand and explore emotions." says psychology Professor, Paula Niedenthal. 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