Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is a condition that makes people feel extremely tired all the time. It can be hard to diagnose and can’t be cured. But if your child has chronic fatigue syndrome, an individual treatment plan can help their manage symptoms and get on with daily life.

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) in children
Can you spoil a baby? 'No!' is the simple answer. Crying is the only way your newborn can tell you that something isn’t right. If you respond calmly and consistently, it helps your baby learn that the world is a safe and predictable place.

Can you spoil a baby? No!
Are you a dad or about to become one? Bringing your baby home will probably be one of the biggest days of your life, and the starting point for a huge challenge – fatherhood. Check out our tools and services to help you grow with your child and share with other dads or dads-to-be in your life.

Dads Toolkit | Raising Children Network
There are incredibly positive things about becoming parents, like the joy of seeing your baby smile. But there’s also more responsibility, less time for you and your partner – and maybe more tiredness than you ever imagined. Looking after yourself helps you be the parent you want to be.

Parents: looking after yourself | Raising Children Network
Celebrating your child’s school highs is important – but so is being aware of the signs your child might be having problems. When you pick up on school problems early, your child has a much better chance of getting back on track. Here’s what to look for.

School problems: pre-teens & teens | Raising Children Network
At Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, we're making a real difference to child health through world-leading research and disease prevention.

Planning and Participation: a new study targeting teenagers with autism spectrum disorder | Murdoch Childrens Research Institute
Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) rate ‘family’ as one of their top three sources of support. Friends can also be a big help. Here are some ideas for building supportive relationships with your extended family and friends.

Family, friends and your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder
According to recently published research, Australian children aged between 6 & 13 now spend more time online than watching TV.
School-age children can make the most of screen time by choosing quality media and working on healthy screen habits. Here are ideas for helping your child.

Healthy screen time and quality media choices: 6-11 years
The first five years of a child’s life are critical for development. The experiences children have in these years help shape the adults they will become. More than anything else, your relationship with your child shapes the way your child learns and develops.

Child development: the first five years | Raising Children Network
Today is World Read Aloud Day - celebrating the importance of reading aloud and sharing stories.
Our essential guide explains how reading books, storytelling, sharing stories and singing songs with babies and children develops language and literacy. #WRAD17

Reading and storytelling with children | Raising Children Network
In this short video, younger parents talk about the ups and downs of being a young parent. Mums and dads share information on becoming mature and responsible parents, joining young parent support groups and playgroups, getting help from friends and family, and coping with the demands of raising children.
In the news - Obesity: national approach needed
Australia needs a national approach to obesity prevention, says the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges of Australia. A healthy family lifestyle has lots of benefits for children’s health and wellbeing and can help children avoid childhood obesity. Find out how you can help your family lead a healthy lifestyle.

Childhood obesity in Australia | Raising Children Network
A group of immunisation experts has warned the gaps in Australia's world-leading school immunisation programs must be plugged to protect all teenagers from vaccine-preventable diseases.

Too many teens miss out on crucial doses of life-saving vaccinations when they forget to give their parents the consent form, or don't hand it in, according to a discussion paper recently published by the...
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Immunisation for teenagers | Raising Children Network
In the news: Not sleeping well?
Australians' poor sleep habits are affecting our wellbeing, says the Sleep Health Foundation. Here’s how to sleep better when you’re a parent.

How to sleep better: for parents | Raising Children Network
Our research is unravelling the mystery around why allergies have been increasing and why Melbourne in particular is the allergy capital of the world. We have developed a promising treatment for peanut allergy which is now being made available internationally! #Stepathon2017 is about making every step count towards the research that could change a child’s life. To be part of this important...
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This project aims to develop a better understanding of the experiences of children and young people whose parents have used family law services.

Children and young people in separated families
If you overheard your child telling a sexist joke to their friends, would you tell them it wasn’t okay? What if it was your friend’s child telling the joke? How would you deal with the situation? As parents, family members, teachers, coaches, community leaders and employers, we have an important role as influencers of young people. #stopitatthestart #respect

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Development is the term used to describe the physical changes in your baby, as well as their amazing ability to learn the skills needed for life. As your baby grows, these skills and abilities become more and more complex.

Baby development milestones | Raising Children Network
In the news: Mindfulness for kids
Mindfulness can help kids get back into school routines and feel ready to learn each day, say experts. Mindfulness is about paying attention to what’s going on right now, moment by moment, rather than thinking about the past or worrying about the future. Read more.

Mindfulness for parents, kids and teens | Raising Children Network