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Why smacking children is a bad idea

Edited by Jill Wright,

All children need discipline and safe boundaries, but physical punishment is one form that should be avoided.

Studies have shown that while smacking - provided it does not constitute illegal physical abuse of a child - has no long-term positive effects on behaviour change, that is the very reason many parents cite for why they use physical discipline in...

Working out work to benefit parents and kids

Edited by Jill Wright,

working out work to benefit parents and kids

One of the questions raised by Australian Population Census data of recent decades is whether we might be experiencing the era of the disappearing parent.

The data, picked up in a report on family trends compiled by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, shows that among families with children under 18, the proportion of mothers in the workforce has...