From placenta to play centre

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swaddle diathesis.

Advice for a new life

Term 3 of the 2012 school year has commenced around Australia, and with it restarts the manic weekday-morning routines, the unrelenting schedule of drop-offs and pick-ups; the ever-so-polite enquiries…
child and religion.

Religion, children, and doing unto others

Hold your hats. Gird your loins. Scrunch up your face like you’ve just witnessed your Dad on the dance floor at a wedding. Ready? Good, because I’m writing about religion. Even worse, this column is about…

Of pets and children

Fred was a dog best described as mongrel. I think even he would have had difficulty picking his parents out in a line-up. My parents first acquired Fred when they were working in the north of Western Australia…

What the fetus may have heard

One of my favourite pieces of music is Nessun Dorma, an aria from the opera Turandot. Ok, so I may just have won first-place in ‘the most pompous opening sentence to a column ever’ competition, but it’s…

Be alert, but not alarmed

Harland was born in Henryville, Indiana in 1890. By all reports, his early life was rather miserable. His father died when he was six years old, and at that tender age, he took on the domestic jobs for…

Is child development an art or a science?

My twin brother recently celebrated the birth of his first baby. He first shared the news of the impending arrival when his wife was around 10 weeks pregnant. As you can imagine, it was a tremendously…

How much do we know about when disease starts

The importance of the early childhood years in shaping adult life is not a new concept. For many years now, parents have been playing, talking, reading, singing, and exercising their children in increasingly…

From placenta to play centre

Anyone who has ever held a newborn in their arms, must at some stage have wondered how this eating, sleeping, emitting blob, turns into a child ready for the classroom, in little more than 1825 days. Somewhere…