Issue 40 | 25 February 2015

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Understanding anxiety in children
Dr Joe explains anxiety in children
In this modern fast-paced world, it’s not uncommon for anyone of any age, and that includes children, to at times be anxious...»
Lessons for school transition
The transition from primary to high school can be a stressful period for students, but there are ways parents can help to make the move as smooth as possible...»
Mindfulness-based program in schools reduces children’s stress
A social and emotional learning program started by Academy Award winning actress Goldie Hawn to help school children improve...»

Of interest this week
Is your child getting enough sleep?
View a summary of the revised recommended sleep ranges for all six children and teen age groups...»
Controlling blood pressure in pregnant women
Health researchers have been surprised by the results of a major international study which shows that tightly controlling blood pressure in pregnant women has no harmful effects for their babies...»
Babies’ brains could unravel the mystery of stuttering
Sydney researchers are launching a world-first study to see if it’s possible to detect whether a baby will go on to stutter in later life...»
Brain-training children’s book fast-tracks development
An innovative new children’s book has been launched to aid the development of the core cognitive abilities underlying self-control, school readiness and academic success...»
Marital tension can harm each parent’s bond with child
Children suffer consequences, too, when mom and dad argue or have tension in their relationship, experts warn...»
Effect of thyroid disorders on reproductive health
Thyroid disease can have significant effects on a woman’s reproductive health and screening for women presenting with fertility problems and...»
Stress during pregnancy related to infant gut microbiota
Stress during pregnancy is often linked to physical and psychological problems in the child. But why is this? Could the infant’s gut microbiota be an underlying mechanism?...»
Texting can enhance reading and comprehension in school children
A Curtin University research study involving junior school children has concluded that better interpretation of digital textisms can improve their reading and language skills...»

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You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
- Polish Proverb

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
- Franklin P. Jones

The first art of being a parent consists in sleeping when the baby isn’t looking.
- Author Unknown

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