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Having kids do the dishes protects against allergy development

It's every parent's dream — a scientifically backed reason to make your kids work for their pocket money.

It's not just magic: How Harry Potter is good for our health

Muggles still clinging to hopes of receiving a letter from Hogwarts will be pleased to know that J.K. Rowling's wildly successful series actually has some magical real-world applications.

Truth bomb: Punishing kids for lying won't make them truth-tellers

If you want your kids to tell the truth, new research suggests you shouldn't threaten to punish them for lying.

Gas stovetops could be increasing your child's risk of asthma: study

Researchers are recommending parents cooking with a gas stove should ensure proper ventilation is available following findings of a link to asthma and chronic bronchitis.

Paracetamol overdose leading cause of liver failure in Aussie and NZ kids

Parents have been warned to follow paracetamol instructions carefully for their children and ensure medicines are kept out of reach of children after a joint New Zealand and Australian study found that paracetamol overdoses are the leading cause of liver failure in children.

Bickering parents disrupt kids' ability to control emotions

Most busy parents are prone to the odd tiff but exposing preschoolers to verbal and physical aggression could be hurting their ability to recognise and regulate their emotions later in life, US researchers have found.

Morning exercise helps schoolkids with ADHD: study

Kids with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) perform better at school if they've done about 30 minutes of exercise in the morning, according to US researchers.

Put babies to sleep on animal fur to reduce their asthma risk: study

Putting animal fur in a baby's cot could reduce their risk of asthma by up to 80 percent, according to German researchers.

Tune in: Kids concentrate better after watching fast-paced TV

A UK study has found that the pace of the show — whether fast or slow — does not affect their concentration levels.

Babbling with your baby speeds up language development

You might feel funny talking back to a baby's incoherent babbling, but new research shows that responding to an infant's goo-ing and gah-ing shows them they can communicate and speeds up language development.