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Future tennis champion? ‘He walked at eight months, ran at ten months and could catch a ball by the age of one.’ leungchopan

Are children who walk and talk early geniuses in the making?

Milestone charts can be an effective tool in spotting developmental problems. But do they say anything about the future potential of children who are developing normally?
There are very clear ideas in Ghana about what girls can and should do, and how boys ought to behave. EPA/Nic Bothma

How parenting in Ghana shapes sexist stereotypes

Ghanaians believe that boys and girls should be raised very differently. This feeds into strongly defined traditional gender roles and ultimately leads to women having a lower social status.
The beginning of any child’s school career can be a scary time. But parents and teachers can make it easier. Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

How parents and teachers can make school a happy place for kids

It takes a combination of people, places and activities to make school a happy environment for kids. Here's how teachers and parents can get involved.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery. Flickr/Luca Montanari

Pregnant women and parents misled about dangers of living with lead pollution

Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.
Raising a child bilingually does not cause language learning difficulties. www.shutterstock.com

Debunking common myths about raising bilingual children

Parents shouldn't be concerned if their bilingual child is slower to develop their vocabularly, because in most cases this is just a temporary lag.
The year’s nearly ended, but we’re still not sure how to best fund our universities. from www.shutterstock.com

2015, the year that was: Education

2013 was the year of Gonski; 2014 the year of higher education reform; 2015 has been the year of … hmmm … wait, what actually happened this year? Just a lot of chat really, with much debate, but little…
Pick a book that your child will find entertaining. www.shutterstock.com

How to keep kids reading over the Christmas break

Children who fail to read regularly during long breaks from school will often see their reading ability drop. Here's how to keep kids engaged in reading.
It’s normal for young people to want to learn about sex and relationships. Creatista/Shutterstock

It may be awkward, but we need to talk to kids about porn

The stash of hidden magazines you might remember from your youth is vastly different from the sexually explicit content children are exposed to today.
It can be tempting to lecture or punish kids for a disappointing end-of-year school report – but a recent study shows that’s likely to backfire in later years. www.shutterstock.com

If you want your child to bring home better grades, stop yelling and try this

Right now, teachers across Australia are busy writing up end-of-year report cards for nearly 4 million school students. But what should you do if your child brings home a report you're not happy with?

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