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I Say I Love You and Kiss My Teenage Boys Every Day

By - 03/04/2011 - 09:12

Do you kiss your kids often? Do you tell them you love them every day? I do. They kiss me back and tell me they love me too. Often this happens more than once a day. My kids are 17 and almost 19. I grew up in an environment where the words “I love you” were never said, well almost never said. When I was 15 my mother told me she loved me in an awkward moment in the bathroom. I didn’t say it back. Read full post

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"Yes You Did Make Me Feel Like a Second Rate Mum" - Jackie O

By - 04/04/2011 - 10:10

Jackie O, 2 Day FM radio announcer, tearily addressed comments made by Pru Goward, NSW Community Services Minister and said "Yes you did make me feel like a second rate mum". A Sunday Telegraph article on 3 April 2011 reported that Ms Goward juxtaposed Michael Jackson's dangling of his baby out of a window with Jackie O bottle feeding her baby while crossing a road. Reportedly Ms Goward commented that this is "cavalier" behaviour and "endangering" the baby. The issue for me is that one of our elected policitians who holds the policy-making "keys" to many NSW women and families' futures has expressed her unusual view in such an offensive and frankly ridiculous way. Read full post

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From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge

By - 05/04/2011 - 20:19

My son recently turned 5. I remember 12 months ago when he turned 4, thinking – that’s it, that’s the end of my baby. I couldn’t even classify him as a toddler any more – he was really a kid. His vocabulary was growing every day, and combined with his natural curiosity this meant he was asking increasingly complex questions about the world around him. He had begun to show some resilience and self-control as he matured. And then something peculiar happened. Read full post

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Yvette asks Kerri Sackville Why Her Husband Does the Dishes

By - 07/04/2011 - 22:38

Seated on the floor in the aisle of a Newtown bookstore, Yvette Vignando conducted this probing interview with Kerri Sackville about her new book "When My Husband Does the Dishes ..." It had to be probing because Yvette has not yet read the book - Kerri revealed enough to tantalise her readers, and Yvette. Read full post

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Empathy and Yawning - Lessons from Chimpanzees

By - 14/04/2011 - 08:51

Like you, there are certain topics I often wonder about - one of them is why yawning is contagious. I remember reading a theory somewhere suggesting that yawning allows more oxygen into our lungs and the contagious response is because our brain automatically assumes that if someone else is yawing, there's a shortage of oxygen and we need to respond accordingly! Could that be true? It was the best explanation I'd read ... until today. Read full post

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Student to Be Awarded Compensation - Bullying at Australian School

By - 14/04/2011 - 10:35

A student of St Patricks College Campbelltown sued her former school for damages saying it failed to protect her from physical and verbal bullying. She said she now suffers from a range of psychological symptoms including depression and anxiety. Yvette Vignando spoke on Sunrise on Channel 7 on 14 April 2011 about this story & bullying by girls. Read full post

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Letting a Child Follow His Dreams

By - 14/04/2011 - 22:23

My eldest son was born seventeen years ago. In the time-honoured principle of new mothers, I thought him the most attractive, charming and gifted baby in the entire world. When it came to the last of these I may have had more claim than most. On his first birthday I took M to the early childhood centre for a developmental check. The nurse handed him a shape sorter with four different shaped blocks, which he promptly slotted into their respective slots without faltering: one, two, three, four. Read full post

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Teaching a Child to Lose Gracefully - Winning

By - 18/04/2011 - 22:23

Recently I took my five-year-old son to play his second-ever game of ten pin bowling. At one point in the game, I got two strikes in a row. This displeased my son greatly, so he downed tools and went on strike. “I’m not playing any more!” he declared. “You’ve had two strikes and I’ve had none! It’s not fair. I’m only five, and you’re a grown-up. You’re supposed to take it easy.” Read full post

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Magazine Living with Children - I Can't Do It

By - 25/04/2011 - 19:16

While I privately salivate over images of 'magazine' houses, I have publicly railed against what I see as a modern day obsession with having a perfect home, a home that is forever 'open house' ready. I do not understand how such homes can allow children, let alone adults, the ability to unleash their creativity. Not long ago I attended a birthday party where the children’s bedrooms were jaw-droppingly beautiful. They really did look like something out of a Home Beautiful catalogue, but apart from jealousy something else bothered me. Read full post

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Life Gets Busy with Kids and Work - I Do My Best

By - 28/04/2011 - 11:11

I have been thinking a lot about parenting lately. Well, to be honest I was sitting on the toilet and one of my girls walked by and for the first time in ages I took the time to look at her properly. She looks so tall now and is growing into a young girl. Her long limbs and flowing blonde hair is an indication of things to come. I’m not sure when she changed from toddler to girl. Had I not noticed the transformation? Have I been too busy? Have I been an absent mother? It’s funny how the idea of parenthood hits you at the strangest times. Read full post

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Are You a Parent Juggling Too Many Tasks? Try This.

By - 04/04/2012 - 11:23

A few weeks ago I found myself a bit more disorganised than usual. Among a multitude of jobs I had to do was buying green things for my eight and five year olds to wear to school for St Patrick’s Day celebrations. I found myself standing in a shop asking myself what would be more inappropriate - sending them to school wearing plastic green glasses that look like jugs of beer, or a badge that says ‘Kiss me. I’m Irish’? Read full post

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High School Students' Inspiring Anti Bullying Music Video

By - 05/04/2012 - 10:04

Students at Cypress Ranch High School in the United States appear to have used the entire school to make this music video with an anti bullying message - "Who Do U Think U R?" This is one to share on Facebook with your teens - the message works best when it comes from the people affected by it. This is definitely worth 5 minutes of your time - makes you smile and reminds you of the power and strengths of our teenagers. Read full post

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Three Young Children Have Thrown Me Off 'Balance'

By - 09/04/2012 - 10:25

Balance sh-malance... I thought I had balance. For a moment. I thought it was for keeps. But I only have until Kindy Boy turns five in a few weeks. Then the 3.30pm Wednesday swimming lesson changes and he moves up to another group called Turtles or Dolphins or Lobsters or something and then this time slot for him fails to exist. Upon realising this, my brain went into melt down. Read full post

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Caine's Arcade - Imagination, Inspiration, Cardboard and a Boy

By - 11/04/2012 - 21:54

Thanks to happychild blogger Carol Duncan for leading us to this wonderful 10 minute video about a nine year old boy, Caine, who built a games arcade out of cardboard boxes. He gets a huge surprise when an adult arranges, via social media, for a lot of eager customers. A fun and inspiring ten minutes for adults and children about play, creativity, vision and social media. Read full post

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Tips for Blended Families - Five Big Ideas

By - 12/04/2012 - 13:12

Blended families are very common in Australia - estimated at over 10.5% of couple families with children. The good news is that after the initial challenges of combining two families, there is a very good chance that a blended family will succeed. In this video and article five big ideas are briefly discussed to give families a starting point for success. Read full post

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Video on Racism in Young Children - Implicit Bias

By - 12/04/2012 - 14:58

Watch this ten minute video for an eye-opening insight into what is called "implicit" racial bias in children - filmed in the United States, it indicated that 70% of the 'white' children automatically took a negative and racially biased point of view of typical playground situations, and more than 30% of 'black' or 'coloured' children did the same. Is this the same in Australia and New Zealand and are parents to blame for this? Read full post

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Do You Know Your Neighbour's Name?

By - 17/04/2012 - 11:54

Scanning the news this morning I came across a very sad article about a 36 year old single mum who suddenly died during an epileptic seizure in Wagga Wagga, leaving her two year old daughter alone in the house. Miraculously, the two year old survived for about five days until a church pastor decided to check on the small family and found the daughter near to death herself. ...Sometimes life throws you a clue to make a change. Read full post

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Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?

By - 18/04/2012 - 11:36

‘Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted’ parenting - I don’t know about you, but I’m often guilty of it. I’d been meaning to put an Internet filter on my 11 year old son, Joe’s computer for ages. Joe is on the autism spectrum and approaching puberty so I knew it was only a matter of time before he became curious about sex. "I must do it," I probably said half a dozen times, "but tomorrow." ... As parents we are charged with protecting our kids from danger, but when they become teenagers it can be difficult to know which line to tread. Teenagers expect, and indeed are entitled to, some independence. Read full post

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I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness

By - 24/04/2012 - 12:48

There are some moments with my kids that are so precious I just want the moment to be permanently recorded forever and stored somewhere safe. I want this so I can re-live the moment and tap into the wonderful feelings that swam over me at the time. For five minutes today I had one of these moments. I was simply sitting on the floor brushing my five year old daughter’s hair while we both listened to Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack (of all things!). And I haven’t felt so peaceful and content in a very long time. Read full post

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Who are Your Children's Everyday Heroes?

By - 25/04/2012 - 12:45

This week we will commemorate Anzac Day and remember those thousands of young soldiers whose bravery defined a nation. Young boys who left their shores, many never to return, forever remembered as heroes. I asked my children (9 and 7 years) about their heroes. I cringed at the anticipation of hearing names more notorious than heroic, more infamous than illustrious, more TV show than book cover. Pleasantly, I heard back – “Mum and Dad,” “my family,” “my teacher “, “zoo keeper,” and “J.K. Rowling”. Not a mention of One Direction! Happy with that! Read full post

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My Boy Henry Hotdog and an Irrational, Perfect Love

By - 26/04/2012 - 11:07

Yesterday when I picked up the little travelers from school, Henry Hotdog's kindergarten teacher had something to tell me. "You have to tell your Mummy about the poem you wrote today Henry - can you tell her?" The hotdog considered the proposal for a moment and then proceeded to pull my head down towards his. In my ear he whispered ... Read full post

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Kids Fashion Week - It's Too Much Isn't It?

By - 04/04/2013 - 12:45

I see no harm in parents getting great enjoyment out of buying cute outfits for their children but there is definitely a line. (In fact, I’m sure there may even be some who think I crossed it when I placed that helicopter hat on my son’s head!) But what is the difference between a kid’s fashion shoot for a catalogue and Kid’s Fashion week? A lot… Read full post

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American Children are Intelligent and Aussie Kids are Happy?

By - 15/04/2013 - 20:50

I am loving this – the most common description a sample of Australian parents used for their child is “happy”. How great is that!? I may be biased. But what about the Italians and the Americans? The Spanish, the Swedish, the Dutch?...Apparently American parents have a tendency to talk about their children in terms of their cognitive abilities – their intelligence... Read full post

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