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Please, please, read to your children, every day, from the day they are born

On 4th April Mem Fox, the Australian author of children's books, was interviewed on Radio National's Books and Arts program on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of her book Possum Magic.

Really, children don't mind how you read to them as long as you're with them. I mean, one of the points of reading to children is to attach ourselves to our children and for them to attach to us and also to the book that we're sharing in a beautiful, beautiful trio of gorgeousness - the book, the child and the adult. It's the purest heaven, it's so gorgeous. It is the most magical experience.

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Cat mothers need privacy - but what about premmie mothers?
"Animal welfare groups have blasted a CBD pet shop for placing a nursing cat and her kittens on display in a front glass case. A pet shop in Melbourne Central placed the animals in the front window.." The Age Jan 14, 2013. The animal welfare group argued that placing the animals on public display would be stressful for the mother cat. Debra Tranter of an anti-puppy-farming group said that to put a nursing mother under public glare while she bonded with and nourished her kittens was "completely wrong".

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Do you want to raise a child who believes their future success is in their own hands? These kinds of children (and adults) have a "can do" attitude. Instead of counting the cost of effort, these people take pleasure in challenges and effort because they know that they will reap the benefits down the track.

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If you started to learn music before you were 8 years old - no matter whether you loved or hated it- thank your parents and music teachers, because you are likely to have stronger connections in your brain. There is strong evidence that the  ages 6-8 years are a "sensitive period" when musical training has extra "oomph" because the development that is occurring at that time combines with the music training to make long-term changes in brain structures.

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Breast Milk is undoubtedly ‘liquid gold’ for a premature baby with an immature gut.  As the baby matures and becomes medically stable, their hospital stay is, for the most part, about feeding and growing.  Medical, nursing and lactation staff, advise ‘Breast is Best’ (in line with the international campaign led by the World Health Organisation, UNICEF, governments and breastfeeding advocacy groups).
This well-intentioned message, according to Dr Nicole Highet, the manager of Beyond Blue’s perinatal mental health program, has “become a pressure on new mothers”.  Dr Highet’s recent research found this pressure (to breastfeed) a significant contributing factor to post-natal depression.

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