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Are the kids alright? Social isolation can take a toll, but play can help

Many parents are worried the disruptions of COVID lockdowns and school closures may affect their children’s mental health and development.

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by Freya Lucas

Make room for play as we stumble through this pandemic holiday and new year

We hear constantly how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the economy, personal finance, education, health and the work day. But what about play — how has the pandemic affected play?

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by Freya Lucas

Researchers find that learning self control in preschool leads to healthier adult outcomes

Being able to have control over thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the early years is a strong predictor of how one ages later in life, with children who had strong self control early growing up to age more slowly than their peers at age 45, Duke University researchers recently found.

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by Freya Lucas

Exhausted by 2020? Here are 5 steps to recover and feel more rested throughout 2021

For most of us, 2020 was an exhausting year. The COVID-19 pandemic heralded draining physical health concerns, social isolation, job dislocation, uncertainty about the future and related mental health issues.

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by Freya Lucas

Should you hide negative emotions from children?

From crying in the toilet to leaving the house in a rage, many parents and carers don’t want their children to see them getting emotional. But is this the right thing to do, or should you come clean about your fear of spiders or how angry you are with your boss? While the topic is complex, some clear answers are beginning to emerge from the research.

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by Freya Lucas

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