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The current model for “good” parenting comes entirely from a Western perspective. Shutterstock

Parenting: why one size doesn’t fit all

Some aspects of good parenting are universal, but others look very different from country to country. There needs to be a better understanding of parenting in different contexts.
Not just a wives' tale: growing pains are common in kids. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: are growing pains real?

Growing pains are the most common childhood musculoskeletal condition resulting in frequent visits to healthcare professionals.
A 2010 meta-analysis of 33 studies found that children raised by same-sex parents fared just as well as other children. Shutterstock

Same-sex couples and their children: what does the evidence tell us?

There is no convincing evidence that same-sex relationships are less stable than heterosexual relationships, nor that they have a negative impact on the children raised within them.
Poverty strikes single mothers disproportionately, which is exacerbated by child support failures. Shutterstock

How child support can better help single mothers

Single mothers have identified a number of impediments to receiving adequate child support, including compliance, costs and difficult interactions with government agencies.
A survey of parents found many weren’t keen on their kids lifting weights, but the evidence says they should. from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: should children and adolescents lift weights?

A recent study found while parents are positive about their children engaging in aerobic activities (running, playing sports), they have much more negative views when it comes to strength exercises.
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…

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