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Growing up, I never dreamt of being a princess bride, or having a house with two-point-five kids and a dog (although pets were always going to be in the picture!). In fact, I don’t really remember thinking about being an adult in general. Yes, I had a Baby Love...
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As parents, we want to encourage children to be physically active, get enough sleep, and keep their screen time at healthy levels. But did you know that this starts from birth? And, what is enough sleep for young children? Also, given the ubiquity of screens, what is a healthy...
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You’ve probably heard of dyslexia, but have you heard of dyscalculia before? Maybe not, given that children with dyscalculia – or mathematical learning difficulties – are less likely to be diagnosed. In fact, research shows that children with dyslexia are more than a hundred times more likely to receive a...
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As a parent, you have done the right thing by taking your toddler or child for their annual professional eye examination. But what if your child has now been prescribed spectacles to correct a vision problem? Choosing the right frame and lenses can seem like a daunting task, but...
BabyYumYum_Are Tracking Technologies changing parenting
The use of self-tracking and personal surveillance technologies has grown considerably over the last decade. There are now apps to monitor people’s movement, health, mindfulness, sleep, eating habits and even sexual activity. Some of the thornier problems arise from apps designed to track others, like those made for parents to...
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When people think of women freezing their eggs, it’s often seen as something to do if you want to get ahead in your career – a way of delaying motherhood. Some companies have even offered funding for the procedure for their female staff. Egg freezing allows women not yet ready...
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There is increasing concern about the amount of time children and adolescents are spending in recreational screen time. There’s also increasing controversy over whether or not screen time is actually harmful. Since 2016, we (researchers who’ve contributed to the development of the 24-hour movement guidelines for children and adolescents) have...
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Have you ever felt deserving of an apology and been upset when you didn’t get one? Have you ever found it hard to deliver the words, I’m sorry? Such experiences show how much apologies matter. The importance placed on apologies is shared by many cultures. Diverse cultures even share a...
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Dads play such a significant role in the family unit, even though sometimes it feels like the family would do just fine without him – as long as they have his credit card! It’s not an easy task to be a father; juggling work pressures, financial stress, being a good...
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The largest number of HIV-exposed but uninfected children are in South Africa. Shutterstock One of the most remarkable public health successes of the last decade in southern Africa has seen a reduction in the number of babies born with HIV. This was achieved through the provision of antiretroviral therapy to pregnant...
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