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A separation of the abdominal muscles, called a diastasis, impacts the functioning of the pelvis, spine and hips, and therefore also how you bend.

Food and meal times can be one of the biggest battlegrounds for families. Toddlers and young children often use food choices as a way of asserting their growing independence.

What do the best sleepers do to get to sleep?  Nothing – they just lie down and off they go. What do those of us who can’t get to sleep do?

In the first year of life a typically developing infant learns and practices a large variety of movements which help their nervous system mature and integrate the two sides of their bodies, as well as developing the capacity to lift their body up against the constant forces of gravity. 

It's that time of year – the holidays between finishing kinder and starting Prep.  Some kids will be looking forward to starting school and others don't want to even try on their new school uniform.  So how do parents know whether their child is ready for school?

You’ve survived pregnancy, birth and the fourth trimester. Life with a newborn is settling into more of a routine. There’s maybe even a few longer stretches of sleep starting to appear on the horizon. Then, before you know it, another milestone looms around the corner – the introduction of solid food. 

You may be one in two Australians at any one time trying to lose weight.  Be it from a recent health scare, a hard word from your doctor, or realising you can’t do something that really matters to you.  Despite shows like “The Biggest Loser”, the evidence of success for people losing a meaningful amount of weight and keeping it off in the long term is very low.

Ever tried singing “If you’re angry and you know it, stamp your feet” to a toddler who is experiencing a frustrating moment and noticed a light switch on in their eyes and a smile slowly appear?

So often parenting is a vertical job.  We worry about keeping our kids safe, respectful and engaged.  We relate to them through our differences: we are more experienced and developed, we have more wisdom and power. It is our job to guide and protect them.

The headlines read: “It's OK to let your baby cry himself to sleep,” i and the reports are accompanied by images of babies in the first months of life.

I commonly hear mothers say, “I am so exhausted. I have nothing left to give.” I promise you these women mean every word. There is nothing left to give. It’s all being poured into the abyss of Getting Through.

ADHD is a diagnosis based on a checklist of symptoms or behaviours. We can see these in children when a part of the brain, in the prefrontal cortex called 'executive function', isn't working well. 

Different professionals will have different processes for making the diagnosis.

It can be incredibly confusing for parents and carers when your child needs extra help to meet their particular developmental challenges.  

As a psychiatrist I see people with depression every day.  Every depressed person is experiencing something different from another depressed person.  That’s because depression is not one thingbut a set of interacting emotions, thoughts and behaviours.

New parents often receive a great deal of conflicting advice from health professionals they like and trust.

A lot of effort has gone into establishing the marvellous health benefits of human milk over the past half century, but that doesn’t help those many women who are unable to transfer the milk from their breasts into their babies without pain.

There are lots of different reasons as to why children may struggle with aspects of school - learning difficulties, emotional challenges, hearing loss, health problems, social issues or even just poor fit between your child and the particular teacher or school.

Do you worry that your child is doing things or behaving in ways that other children aren't or that your child's behaviour just doesn't make sense?

When your baby is distressed, how do you use your voice? Do you sing, speak quietly or use a combination of both modalities?  Or do you feel so upset that singing is the last thing on your mind and yells of exasperation come rushing out instead?

Babies experience two kinds of hungers: the hunger for milk, and the hunger for sensory experience. The hunger for milk is potentially life-threatening if it’s not satisfied; the hunger for sensory stimulation is not directly life-threatening, it’s true, but vital anyway because the baby’s neuronal pathways wire up in direct response to sensory input.

Feeling blue, down, sad, depressed or overwhelmed is common at any stage of life, and is particularly common in the days, weeks and months after having a baby.

Dear Brian, There are, I’m told, long queues of parents outside your stall at the Brisbane Pregnancy Babies and Children Expo this weekend, waiting patiently for a Medicare-rebate-only consultation with you.

Parenthood is an exciting time, but it can also be mind-boggling. In her work as a women's health specialist, Dr Pamela Douglas found some of our traditional beliefs around caring for newborns are misleading and tend to create even more anxiety for new parents. 

Holding your newborn in your arms for the first time and realising you are responsible for this perfect little human can be both joyous and scary - and as your baby begins to grow, so can the self-doubt.

Got a crying baby? First take a deep breath … Having a crying baby who just won't settle no matter what you do can be incredibly stressful for new parents. Dr Pamela Douglas shares her tips on how to avoid becoming overwhelmed when bub is unsettled.

For thousands of years, people the world over have benefited from practising mindfulness - deliberately keeping your attention in the present moment, without judgement.

For thousands of years, people the world over have benefited from practising mindfulness.

Have you ever found yourself wandering lost within your own life, within your own family?

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