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Children currently in – or who have histories with – residential care services are more likely to have contact with the justice system. AAP/Julian Smith

How resilience can break the link between a ‘bad’ childhood and the youth justice system

Knowing why people with troubled childhoods may be more likely to engage in criminal activity is necessary to inform the development of effective prevention and early intervention initiatives.
Children around the world are susceptible to stereotypes. World Bank Photo Collection

Combatting stereotypes: How to talk to your children

For young children, how we speak is often more important than what we say. Even 'positive' generalizations can lead children to adopt negative stereotypes.
Easier said than done but there are ways. Eating by Shutterstock

Eight sneaky tricks to get your children to eat healthy food

A child’s diet should be high in fruit and vegetables, high in complex carbohydrates such as brown bread, brown pasta and brown rice and relatively low in fat and sugary foods. It should also be low in…
Leaving distressed babies to cry without comforting them may compromise their psychological development. Pedro Klien/Flickr

Health Check: is controlled crying the best way to get baby to sleep?

Controlled crying has been hotly debated since it was first recommended in a 1985 book about infant sleep problems. It involves letting a baby cry itself to sleep without any interaction once it has been…

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