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Encouraging children to make and use a range of maps helps develop their spatial skills, great if they want to read an x-ray, design a building or put up flat-pack furniture later in life. jeshoots.com/Unsplash

Five easy ways to boost children’s spatial skills

It's never too early for children to develop their spatial skills, vital if they want to one day design buildings, put up flat-pack furniture or cut a birthday cake. Here's how you can help at home.
Research shows that farm parents do not mindlessly expose their children to risks; rather they weigh them against the the positive impacts of involvement in the family’s agricultural heritage. (Shutterstock)

How to improve farm safety for kids

Instructing farmers to keep their kids away from farm machinery doesn't work to reduce traumatic injury. A recent research project tried listening instead.
What happens when an entire society succumbs to childlike behavior and discourse? Elantseva Marina

The infantilization of Western culture

Our social institutions and politics suffer from a collective arrested development – and our relationship to technology has only exacerbated this trend.
Most Australian children have such a glut of toys that parents are opting to give them gift cards so they can choose for themselves. rawpixel/Unsplash

No presents, please: how gift cards initiate children into the world of ‘credit’

Many children receive gift cards or even ask for them so they can choose their own presents. But are youngsters ready to handle the wiles of advertisers and the complexities of 'credit' on a card?
Excess screen time for children and adolescents is linked to many negative outcomes such as obesity, language delays and antisocial behaviour. (Shutterstock)

Five tips to manage screen time this summer

School is out and screens make tempting babysitters. Follow these recommendations to allow your child some screen time without compromising their health and development.

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