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Three easy ways to get your kids to read better and enjoy it

It’s little wonder that we often feel as though our kids aren’t as successful with reading as we’d like them to be. The “reading wars” – the battle between sounding out words and using the sentence as context for understanding – have seemed only to add unnecessary stress and anxiety for parents, carers and teachers alike. The feelings of helplessness in regard to reading often translate into less-than-productive reading experiences with children and the transfer of parents’ stress and anxiety onto their children. read more

Are there any real benefits in early infant swimming? The answer is a definite yes!

Great feature story from the fabulous Alena from Aquatots

http://http://aquatots.com.au/

When to begin swimming lessons is a topic that is often discussed, by both parents and the swimming industry. Here in Australia most formal swimming classes begin around six months, but is there any real advantage to beginning even earlier than this?

The answer is a definite yes!

Babies that start swimming by around six weeks of age, and are attending the pool consistently, can be swimming by the age of 18 months.

This early introduction to the water ensures babies are safer in and around an aquatic environment at a young age.There is a growing body of evidence that at six weeks babies can actually begin learning to swim – with their parent’s help of course.
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What do parents fear? Unwrapping the bubble-wrap generation

By Jan Nicholson, La Trobe University; Amanda Cooklin, La Trobe University; Fabrizio D’Esposito, University of Melbourne; Shannon Bennetts, La Trobe University, and Sharinne Crawford, La Trobe University

We hear so much these days about fearful parents who “bubble-wrap” their children. So-called “helicopter parents” try to protect their children from life’s dangers and, in the process, prevent them taking developmentally important steps towards independence.

Of particular concern, the current generation of Australian children are growing up to be less physically active and more overweight than any previous generation. Parents’ fears about their children being harmed have been blamed for some of this decline in children’s independent physical activity. read more

Relax, parents: most late-talking toddlers turn out fine

By Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation

Anxious parents take note: a toddler who develops speaking skills later than his or her peers is no more likely to develop lasting behavioural problems than any other child, a study has found.

Two-year-olds normally know around 50 words and have started making two or three word sentences but observing an unusually silent toddler can cause a parent to worry, said lead researcher Associate Professor Andrew Whitehouse from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia. read more

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Three easy ways to get your kids to read better and enjoy it

It’s little wonder that we often feel as though our kids aren’t as successful with reading as we’d like them to be. The “reading wars” – the battle between sounding out words and using the sentence as context for understanding – have seemed only to add unnecessary stress and anxiety for parents, carers and teachers alike. The feelings of helplessness in regard to reading often translate into less-than-productive reading experiences with children and the transfer of parents’ stress and anxiety onto their children. read more

Are there any real benefits in early infant swimming? The answer is a definite yes!

Great feature story from the fabulous Alena from Aquatots

http://http://aquatots.com.au/

When to begin swimming lessons is a topic that is often discussed, by both parents and the swimming industry. Here in Australia most formal swimming classes begin around six months, but is there any real advantage to beginning even earlier than this?

The answer is a definite yes!

Babies that start swimming by around six weeks of age, and are attending the pool consistently, can be swimming by the age of 18 months.

This early introduction to the water ensures babies are safer in and around an aquatic environment at a young age.There is a growing body of evidence that at six weeks babies can actually begin learning to swim – with their parent’s help of course.
read more

What do parents fear? Unwrapping the bubble-wrap generation

By Jan Nicholson, La Trobe University; Amanda Cooklin, La Trobe University; Fabrizio D’Esposito, University of Melbourne; Shannon Bennetts, La Trobe University, and Sharinne Crawford, La Trobe University

We hear so much these days about fearful parents who “bubble-wrap” their children. So-called “helicopter parents” try to protect their children from life’s dangers and, in the process, prevent them taking developmentally important steps towards independence.

Of particular concern, the current generation of Australian children are growing up to be less physically active and more overweight than any previous generation. Parents’ fears about their children being harmed have been blamed for some of this decline in children’s independent physical activity. read more

Relax, parents: most late-talking toddlers turn out fine

By Sunanda Creagh, The Conversation

Anxious parents take note: a toddler who develops speaking skills later than his or her peers is no more likely to develop lasting behavioural problems than any other child, a study has found.

Two-year-olds normally know around 50 words and have started making two or three word sentences but observing an unusually silent toddler can cause a parent to worry, said lead researcher Associate Professor Andrew Whitehouse from the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research at the University of Western Australia. read more

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