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Parenting Advice

You’ll find that once you’re pregnant, all sorts of people from childless Uncles to complete strangers in the supermarket will offer you parenting advice. It seems everyone is an expert and they can’t wait to share their parenting wisdom and advice with you, regardless of whether you ask for it or not. For sound parenting advice, free of bias and misinformation, look no further than here. Within this section is practical information on the key areas – some of which you may not even have thought of – such as tax breaks for families, the childcare rebate, and taking baby photos. We even discuss the advantages of teaching your child two languages – a hot topic in multicultural Australia.
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Childcare and Schools
Choosing the right childcare for you and your child
Deciding on the right form of childcare for your child is every parent’s nightmare.
Preschool
In Australia preschool, or kindergarten as it is sometimes known, is not compulsory for children.
Parenting Tips
Family Support
There is no perfect family, that much is true.
Parenting tips
Other mums and dads can be a great source of information when it comes to taking care of your sick babies and toddlers.
Step parenting
There is no set prescription for a “normal” family and really, there never has been.
Baby Sign Language
Baby sign language
Babies have always found a way of getting their messages across.
Benefits
From all the studies conducted in this field the benefits of introducing your baby to sign language are vast.
Baby sign language basics
When you introduce signing to your baby, gradually introduce the signs one at a time.
Gardening with Kids
Gardening with kids
Gardening with kids can be a fun pastime and a great way for parents and children to get active outdoors – whether it be playing in the garden, starting a veggie patch, learning about birds and insects or collecting bits and pieces for making crafts.
Garden activities for kids
Here are some simple and easy activities for you to do with the kids
Garden lessons for kids
The best way to teach children about gardening is for parents to show the way by gardening themselves.
Pets
Kids and animals
Kids and animals build wonderful relationships and they often share a very special bond.
Babies and cats
Many people are naturally concerned about how the arrival of a bub will affect the behaviour of their cat.
Babies and dogs
Bringing a baby into a household is an exciting but busy time.
Kids Parties
Kids party ideas
The decision to host a child’s birthday party can lead the calmest of parents to head straight for the bedroom for a little lie down.
Kids party supplies
Take a look at these great ideas for your party.
Kids party venues
There are many alternative venues available now for children’s parties.
Travelling
Travel with kids
Trips away are great fun for the whole family, especially if it’s your bub’s first time away from home.
Packing for family holiday
Packing to go on holiday is no longer as easy as throwing a few t-shirts and a pair of swimmers in at the last minute.
Plane travel with kids
Sometimes packing up your troubles and boarding a plane with a baby or young child seems to be the fastest way to spell trouble.
Reading
Reading to children
Reading to our children is one of the joys of parenting.
Children's reading techniques
A child that enjoys reading is more likely to pay attention and attention is essential for learning to take place.
Importance of reading to your children
What better gift can we give our children than a love of reading?
Learning to Swim
Swimming lessons
Swimming lessons and the resulting ability to swim is something that will benefit every child their whole life.
Infant swimming
Many parents are a little hesitant about introducing their infant into the world of swimming and the risk that accompanies it, whilst others like to get their infant swimming as early as possible.
Kids swimming
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Family Budgeting
Cost of pregnancy
Pregnancy is a time of joy.
Pregnancy insurance
Not sure if you might use a private obstetrician for your birth? Is there a possibility that you might prefer a private hospital? Don’t leave it too long to decide.
Private obstetrician versus public
Pregnancy brings with it a lot of decisions.

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