Now that your child is older, you might find you clash more often. It’s normal for people to disagree, but it’s also important to find ways of dealing with conflict. By using conflict management strategies yourself, you can help your child learn these important life skills.

Conflict management with teenagers | Raising Children Network
Becoming a foster parent is a big decision and can require significant commitment. Foster parenting is often described as being more than a parent. The rewards include contributing and making a difference to a child’s life, but fostering can be challenging in ways that can affect carers physically, emotionally and financially. Read about the experiences of two different foster parents and also...
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Raising foster children
New baby on the way? In our short video, dads show you how to hold a baby, especially when your baby is a newborn. The video shows you how to change holding positions – you might need to keep trying until you find one that your baby likes. Supporting the neck and head is important with newborns, and you need to take extra care with the soft spot on top of your baby’s head.
Last Friday was the National Day of Action against Bullying & Violence.

Bullying is a systematic abuse of power. For some young people, it takes the form of repeated teasing and name-calling. For other young people, bullying can end up in social exclusion or verbal or physical assault. Bullying can also occur online.

Bullying can be devastating.

The approach that you and your family take...
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Adolescent bullying, schools and building your child’s resilience
Today is World Down Syndrome Day - celebrating the active role that people with Down Syndrome play in our communities. Watch this global video journey promoting inclusion of people with Down Syndrome who want to speak up and be heard. #WDSD2017 #MyVoiceMyCommunity

World Down Syndrome Day 2017 - PREVIEW - #MyVoiceMyCommunity

PREVIEW - Down Syndrome International presents a global video journey promoting inclusion of people with Down syndrome. "My Voice, My Community" features vid...

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On Harmony Day, take some time out to watch our short videos of migrant parents from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds sharing their experiences of parenting and raising children in Australia.

Everyone belongs. #HarmonyDay

Parents from CALD backgrounds: videos | Raising Children Network
Along with empathy and pride, children start feeling frustrated when they reach toddlerhood. In fact, frustration is an emotion you’ll probably see a lot of at this age!

Toddler emotions: learning & play ideas | Raising Children Network
When you’re preparing for a baby, your other children might be excited – but maybe a little anxious too. Here are some simple things you can do to help everyone get ready for your new family member.

New baby: preparing your other children
Older children learn by observing, listening, exploring and asking questions. You can help by showing interest in what your child is learning and encouraging your child to try new things. Find out more.

How children learn: learning at school | Raising Children Network
Handwriting skills develop as your child draws, scribbles and learns to write. Let toddlers scribble with chunky crayons. Preschoolers often like to trace letters and draw stick figures.

Handwriting: a skill for life
This week is Multiple Birth Awareness Week (12-19 March) and is dedicated to raising awareness of the social and emotional impacts on multiple birth children from not focusing on the individual. Whether you’re having fraternal twins or identical twins, it’s good to find out early in pregnancy. A twin pregnancy can mean a higher chance of health complications for you and your babies, so you’ll...
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Fraternal twins, identical twins and other types of twins
In the news: Brain Awareness Week (13-19 March)
Brain Awareness Week raises public awareness of the progress and benefits of brain research. As children become teenagers, their brains grow and change. These changes affect their thinking and behaviour. When you understand how, you can better help your child build a healthy teenage brain.

Teenagers' brain development | Raising Children Network
Expressing breastmilk is a very handy skill to have. And if you plan to express, it’s important to know about storing breastmilk safely for later use. Here's our guide to expressing & storing breastmilk.

Expressing & storing breastmilk
In the news: kids home alone
Not sure when it's OK to leave kids home alone or walk to school by themselves? Along with legal considerations, you can start by thinking about your family circumstances and the age and maturity of your child.

Leaving children home alone
School-age children come in all shapes and sizes, but child development between five and six years typically has a few things in common. Here’s what your child might be doing, how you can help and when to seek help if you need it.

Child development from 5-6 years | Raising Children Network
As they learn and develop, children want and need responsibility. It’s an important part of their growth and development. But it can be hard for you to let go – here are some ideas for finding a balance.

Responsibility and teenagers
Are you pregnant or have you recently had a baby? A mothers group can help you with support, advice and friendship if you’re a new parent. In our short video, Australian mothers discuss the benefits of going to a mothers group. #IWD2017
When children experience social anxiety, they’re afraid of situations where they might have to interact with other people or be the focus of attention. Often they’re worried that people will think badly of them or that they’ll do something embarrassing.

Social anxiety in children | Raising Children Network
Your newborn’s first week of life is spent adapting to the outside world. In this first week, their appearance changes, and they sleep and feed a lot. Your baby needs love, security, attention and cuddles. Here’s what to expect in the first week of life.

Your newborn’s first week: what to expect | Raising Children Network