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A New Year's Omen - Dolphins and Children - Both Magical

By - 01/01/2011 - 07:57

I’m sitting at the dining table with a cool breeze blowing on to my face from the lake and ocean. It’s the new year, 2011, and I’m feeling like I always feel on 1 January: expectant, inexplicably and irrationally optimistic about anything that’s been troubling me and suddenly more grateful than usual for the good things in my life. New Year’s Eve does not hold much attraction for me unless it happens to be a great meal with friends but I do look forward to New Year with a magical belief that all things good can happen in the following year. No idea why. Read full post

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Saturday 8 January 2011 Latest Parenting & Education News

By - 08/01/2011 - 07:50

Saturday 8 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Meditation in School ~ Parental Conflict ~ Sperm Donors ~ Teacher Outcomes ~ Choosing Child's Gender ~ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ~ Gay Teenagers ~ Children and Technology ~ New Year Parenting Principles Read full post

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Monday 10 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 10/01/2011 - 06:46

Monday 10 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Environmental Education ~ Teachers Allowed to Touch Children ~ School & University Entrance Stress ~ Shanghai Schools ~ Danger to Child on Shoulders ~ Short Term Teacher Contracts ~ Sexualisation of Children ~ Facebook Breastfeeding Page Read full post

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Tuesday 11 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 11/01/2011 - 06:35

Tuesday 11 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Chinese Parenting ~ Princess Culture ~ Babies' Perception ~ Breastfeeding Boys ~ Mood & Intuition ~ Adoption & Attachment ~ Abortions Read full post

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School Holidays - How I Don't Work From Home

By - 11/01/2011 - 09:54

I have cheated a bit in this blogpost title. I do work from home, and I work from home during the school holidays. This makes me feel very lucky and sometimes very frustrated. It's quite challenging to make working from home work during the school holidays. Like all parents working from home, my frustration comes from wanting to still be productive at work in spite of needing (and wanting) to be more present as a mother. Read full post

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Wednesday 12 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 12/01/2011 - 07:59

Wednesday 12 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Pinkification of Girls ~ Surrogacy in Australia ~ Children in Detention ~ Oxytocin & Ethnocentrism ~ Publishing Teacher Performance Rankings ~ Teacher Disciplined for Allowing Sled Use ~ Special Education Students ~ Autism and Yawn Contagion Read full post

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Thursday 13 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 13/01/2011 - 07:42

Thursday 13 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Twins in Womb ~ Teaching Arts at School ~ Restore Untidy Play ~ Education Policy ~ No Child Left Behind ~ Men as Child Predators ~ Facebook Help for Missing Children ~ My Schools Website Read full post

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Friday 14 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 14/01/2011 - 10:53

Friday 14 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Brain's Social Amygdala ~ New Genetic Test ~ Students' Exam Anxiety Relief ~ Benefits of Solids Before 6 Months ~ Laughter Helps IVF Read full post

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Monday 17 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 17/01/2011 - 07:12

Monday 17 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Queensland Floods Parenting Ideas ~ Childcare Worker Shortage ~ Children at Parents' Funeral ~ Teacher Training ~ Autism and Stress ~ Milk and Bowel Cancer ~ Benefits of Family Meals ~ Facebook Bullying Leads to Charge ~ Is Baby's Sleep Normal? Read full post

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Tuesday 18 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 18/01/2011 - 07:21

Monday 17 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Child Beauty Pageants ~ Gender Selection ~ Parenting Adult Children ~ Australian Literacy Project ~ New Zealand Parenting Program ~ 14 Year Old in Refugee Camp ~ Special Schools for Children with Autism ~ Vaccination and Autism ~ Poverty Among African American Children Read full post

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Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 19/01/2011 - 08:05

Wednesday 19 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Bullying and Facebook ~ Surrogacy, Nicole Kidman ~ Friendship and Genetics ~ Obsessive Parenting ~ Queensland Schools After Floods ~ Attachment, Early Relationships & Happiness ~ Citizenship Education ~ Mathematics Education ~ Teenage Bullying and Suicide Read full post

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Thursday 20 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 20/01/2011 - 09:24

Thursday 20 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Cyberbully Gets Jail Time ~ Caring for Child with Disability ~ Telling a Son He is Lazy ~ Parenting Programs but Not For All ~ Sperm Donor Children's Stories ~ Documentary on Bullying ~ Competitive Birth Stories Read full post

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My Children's Hearts - the Good, the Not So Good and the Resilient

By - 21/01/2011 - 09:11

...Finding out that BOTH of my lovely boys have a heart issue was an awful shock. I confess I had a couple of rough days with it but we have seen our cardiologist now and know where we stand ... This is what I know. We are resilient. All of us. My little family. My kids. You and your kids. All the people in Queensland whose lives have been turned upside down and inside out by the recent floods. Sometimes things happen to us that we've never imagined. Things both good and bad. We lose loved ones, we gain new people to love. And who love us ... Read full post

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Friday 21 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 21/01/2011 - 09:22

Friday 21 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Homophobia Program NSW Schools ~ Depression and Video Games ~ Language and Surrogacy ~ University Skills ~ British National Curriculum ~ Children Process Flood Trauma Queensland Read full post

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News Flash - Tiger Mother is Really a Pussycat - Book Review

By - 21/01/2011 - 16:41

“Expectations coupled with love was the greatest gift anyone could give me…” said Amy Chua, on a PBS interview about her controversial parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Nothing much to disagree with there … until you read about the author’s expectations and methods used to ensure her daughters met them. “I don’t think Chinese mothers are superior …” says Ms Chua in the same interview. Well, that’s good, unless you read a headline in the Wall Street Journal: “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”. Read full post

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Monday 24 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 24/01/2011 - 08:57

Monday 24 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Surrogacy Law in NSW ~ Robot at School ~ Pink and Girls ~ Parental Worry ~ Girls in India Read full post

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Tuesday 25 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 25/01/2011 - 07:53

Tuesday 25 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Children Bored in Country Australia ~ Funding Private Schools ~ Raising Girls, Advice from Teachers ~ Children in Detention ~ Top Apps for Toddlers ~ UK Parenting Campaign Considered Read full post

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Thursday 27 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 27/01/2011 - 08:57

Thursday 27 January 2011 - Bully-proofing Your Child ~ Schools Children Would Like ~ Children in Care & Education ~ Sleep & Childhood Obesity ~ Terminations & Mental Health ~ The Smile ~ Divorce Effects on Girls & Boys Read full post

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I am a Tiger Mother and a Bear Mother

By - 27/01/2011 - 15:47

Being a mother of a child with a special needs diagnosis tends to turn one into more of a Bear Mother than a Tiger Mother. The "Tiger Mum" tag, as outlined in Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is not unique to "Chinese parenting" although it may be most fully expressed there ...When my inner Tiger Mum starts to roar too loudly, both literally and psychologically, I can rely on my husband and children to let me know that I have crossed the line and need to put my inner Tiger Mum in lockdown mode. Read full post

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Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?

By - 30/01/2011 - 17:50

Today the Sunday Telegraph published a story headlined "Our Great Divide on Schools Revealed." The gist of the article is that parents want more say in the running of schools and they want the best teachers rewarded. I say yes to both of those ideas but I don't believe there's necessarily a "deep divide"... 49% of teachers surveyed do not want excellent teachers to receive more than their colleagues that under-perform ... 48% of teachers do not want “bad teachers” to be sacked Read full post

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Who's Your Favourite Parent? Must Watch for Laughs

By - 09/01/2012 - 10:10

The funniest video I've seen recently and too cute - a father asks his toddler daughter who her favourite parent is - so funny. Read full post

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A Lesson from a Wise Night Owl and an Easy Sleeper

By - 09/01/2012 - 16:34

I do wonder who is raising whom, sometimes. My elder child is a night owl (or "night hour", as she would say). Sleep has never come easily for her; she seems to fight it, and we’ve wrestled through many long evenings with her bouncing out of bed and up the hallway time and time again. This time I decided to bring the message home with a role play ... One afternoon I sat them down on the sofa. Read full post

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Mobile Phones - Do They Negatively Impact Teen Communication?

By - 10/01/2012 - 07:00

I recently came across a blog post about the potential for mobile phones to weaken kids’ conversational skills. The post at the 21st Century Fluency Project (originally posted by Katherine Bindley at Huffington Post) talked about the positive and negative influence of mobile phones and technology in general on the ability of children and teenagers to communicate effectively. The topic caught my eye as my 12-year-old son was going to be receiving his first mobile phone for Christmas. Read full post

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Keeping Friendships Alive - Connection beyond Facebook Updates

By - 11/01/2012 - 10:48

In a way I talk to my friends more than ever: Facebook, Twitter, text messages and email mean it’s easy to communicate with them. I can show all my friends what’s happening in my life with a quick status update and a photo, and they can do the same. I can show them I’m thinking of them by writing on their wall or ‘liking’ their status. We get to know the facts of each other’s lives ... But sometimes knowing these facts feels lonelier than ever. Read full post

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A Baby Bird Leaves the Nest ... I mean, Couch

By - 12/01/2012 - 15:59

Will was lovingly placed on the couch by his Aunty last week. While all five of our backs were turned for a split second, Will decided to try his hand at some ‘couch diving’; enter horrible crunching noise and blood-curdling scream ... Read full post

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Hours of Treasured Repetitive Reading with our Children

By - 16/01/2012 - 08:09

Our family was camping on the NSW South Coast last week, which is always a great time to do very little apart from swimming, fishing and eating, and reading – especially those books you’ve wanted to read for ages and haven’t had the time. One afternoon, just back from the beach, I looked across at the rest of the family, and they were all reading books they had been given for Christmas ... What struck me was that the books our kids were reading were ones they hadn’t read before, which was pretty unusual – even for our 14-year-old ... For our kids, repetitive reading was at its height when they were first starting to talk. Read full post

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Bernard Gaynor Wouldn't Let a Gay Person Teach His Kids and He's Not Afraid to Say It

By - 24/01/2013 - 14:10

And he is right about the fear factor- there is nothing much to be afraid of – it’s generally safe and in most cases legal to express your views in Australia, no matter how offensive they are to other people...However, I would be afraid and ashamed to live in a country where most people were not offended by Ms Corbett’s equating the protection and granting of rights to gay and lesbian people with granting rights to paedophiles. Read full post

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Reporting on Gun Crimes? Leave Autism Out of It

By - 25/01/2013 - 13:51

I have an 11-year-old son with autism. His lack of social understanding means he can occasionally be insensitive; he embarrassed me the other day by loudly pointing out the “fat lady” at the supermarket. He’s also the sweetest kid in the world. For no particular reason he will hug me and say, I love you.” Our son is socially naive, a babe in the wood; much more likely to experience hurt than to hurt others. When the dreadful news of the Sandy Hook massacre in Newtown, Connecticut, came through I crossed my fingers and hoped the words ‘autistic’ or ‘Asperger’s’ would not enter the equation, as they had after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings. Read full post

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Why Do You Need to Know if My Child is Gay?

By - 30/01/2013 - 12:06

When one of our children was little (maybe three or four years old) a friend asked me if I thought he was gay. I was taken aback by the question, mainly because I hadn't even begun to think about my child's sexuality and I wondered why my friend had. And I was slightly put out. I was reminded of that feeling this weekend when a friend related the frustration of another parent at being constantly asked if her teenage son was gay. Part of me thought - why, would she be embarrassed if he was? - but I could relate to a vague feeling of intrusion. Read full post

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