Have the long summer evenings led to later bedtimes in your household these holidays? With the 2017 school year just around the corner, now is a good time to reestablish bedtime routines.

A good bedtime routine helps soothe and calm your child so that they are ready for sleep. It also helps your child develop good sleeping habits now and for the future.

Here's our guide.

Bedtime routine: babies and young children | Raising Children Network

In their first 18 months, babies learn to lift their heads, roll over, sit, crawl, stand and walk. Play is the natural way that babies learn, and it’s one of the best ways to get your baby moving. Here are some play ideas.

Movement and play ideas for babies

In the news: Children in hot cars
Even on a cool day, the temperature inside a car can rise to dangerous levels very quickly. Children left in hot cars can be at risk of dehydration, heatstroke and even death. If you have to leave your car, always take your child with you.

Babies and children in hot cars

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In the news: effectiveness of aerosol sunscreens
Recent reports of people being burnt after under-applying aerosol sunscreens has prompted experts to question their suitability.

Did you know that you should apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outside, and reapply it every two hours (even if the tube or bottle says four hours)? Here's our guide to proper application of sunscreen...
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Sun safety for kids | Raising Children Network

To all of our valued followers & friends - we hope you're enjoying the first day of the New Year. We had a huge 2016 and we'd like to thank you visiting our website, sharing our posts and offering your feedback here on Facebook. Don't forget that we offer info from pregnancy right through to raising teens and we cover a wide range of topics, so spread the word and help us to make 2017 our best...
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Most children love rough-and-tumble play and play fighting. Rough play lets children test and practise physical and social skills, take some safe risks, and learn about their bodies, including how strong they are.

Rough play & play fighting: kids | Raising Children Network

Family travel with kids sometimes involves long journeys by car, plane, bus or train – or all four. Starting with safety and comfort, our practical tips can help you take the stress out of travelling with kids. #schoolholidays #summer

Travel with kids: car, plane, bus & train | Raising Children Network

It's a busy time at the movies over the summer break and today we're reviewing Moana - an animated adventure about a spirited teenager who sails out on a daring mission to prove herself a master wayfinder and fulfill her ancestors’ unfinished quest. Read our review to determine the suitability of this movie for your child.

Moana | Raising Children Network

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season.
We hope you enjoy special moments with your children and we look forward to sharing our parenting tips with you in 2017.
Are there any media benefits for children and teenagers? Yes! Television, movies, computer games and the internet can be a positive influence on your child, especially if you get involved when your child is using them and help your child make good choices.

Media benefits for children and teenagers | Raising Children Network

Constant adult supervision is the key to keeping children safe around dams, ponds, swimming pools, beaches and lakes this summer. Find out more about drowning prevention & water safety.

Drowning prevention & water safety: kids | Raising Children Network

Kids and teens need free time to relax and unwind. Read our tips to help your teen make the most of free time – including spending time with you!

Free time and teenagers | Raising Children Network

Screen time is fun and it can have benefits for kids. But a healthy lifestyle also includes limits on screen time. Find out more in our new article.

Screen time: what is it? how much is OK? | Raising Children Network

There are so many toys out there, and juggling your child’s needs and wants – along with advertising and peer influences – can be tricky. But the best toys for kids aren’t always the fanciest – they’re the ones that stimulate your child’s imagination. Here are our tips.

Toys and choosing good toys for kids | Raising Children Network

// REMINDER // Free webinar for parents on 19 December
All parents feel the stress of parenting from time-to-time, and this can be especially true for parents of children with additional needs. Sometimes parents can face the double whammy of being stressed and then feeling guilty about the effect their stress is having on their children. Yet there are things you can do to increase your sense...
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Parenting webinars: looking after yourself | Raising Children Network

Parenting can feel stressful from time-to-time but we can offer you some practical tools to better cope with stress in your life. Join us for a free webinar on Monday 19 December to find out how. Please note that places are limited.

UPDATE: the link below is incorrect. The correct link for more info is: [ Raisingchildren.net.au Link ]

Live parenting webinars: child behaviour | Raising Children Network

Kids around Australia are finishing school for 2016. Home or away, here's how to have fun on holidays with kids.

Planning holidays with kids | Raising Children Network

School leavers around the country are getting Year 12 results and thinking about the future. You can help your child with decision-making and the transition to life after secondary school with our guide to jobs, careers and further study.

Jobs, careers, university: teenagers | Raising Children Network

For recovery after birth, try these tips: get lots of rest, support your back when breastfeeding, avoid heavy lifting, and return to exercise slowly. Find out more.

Recovery after birth in pictures | Raising Children Network