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Importance of Secure Attachment to Caregivers - Who is Looking After Your Children?

By - 01/09/2010 - 13:14

The Benevolent Society runs a program called Partnerships in Early Childhood (PIEC) with preschool and child care organisations in New South Wales and Queensland.Central to the program is the Circle of Security map, which helps parents and other carers to follow children’s relationship needs and so know how to become more emotionally available to them. Parents choosing a childcare centre or caregiver should think carefully about the quality of relationships available to their child. Read full post

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Enid Blyton Did Not Keep Kids in Sight at All Times

By - 03/09/2010 - 13:23

Our house is a funny old place. One of the reasons we bought it was that it had a secret passage. This so appealed to my Enid Blyton sense of childhood that we spent a lot more money than we could comfortably afford. As we sat down to yet another dinner of spag.bol. the other night, I realised there were a couple of extra kids at the table that did not belong to me, one of whom I had never seen before. Read full post

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Parents Should Not Pay Children for Chores - My Opinionated Opinion

By - 08/09/2010 - 10:29

I expect our three boys to contribute in small ways to making our household work. Like every other family, sometimes our children complain about chores and other times they just get on and do them. We've made sure that the chores are only a few and that they are fairly distributed, and we don't expect too much of the youngest one. We've also decided to give our children pocket money from when they are in Year 4 in primary school. The last thing I ever want to hear when I ask one of our boys to do something (like wash the car or empty the dishwasher) is "How much will you give me for it?". Read full post

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Christchurch Earthquake 2010 - I am a Mother of Two Boys

By - 08/09/2010 - 17:05

I am the mother of two young boys (2 and 5) and currently living through the aftermath of a 7.1 magnitude earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand. The earthquake hit at around 4:35am on Saturday 4th September 2010. My husband and I woke up with a most horrendous bang and our first instinct was getting to our two boys Read full post

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New Baby On Its Way - Sharing the Love

By - 13/09/2010 - 13:02

In a world of absolutes, one is (relatively) easy. One love, one career, one religion, one belief system. Perhaps easy is the wrong word. But it's simple...What does scare me? Falling out of love with my first baby. How much more grown up will she seem when I have a newborn in my arms? Read full post

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Quiet Time with Children - A Parent's Piece of Peace

By - 14/09/2010 - 09:36

Silence is a distant memory for most parents. Our air is full of squeals, giggles, screams, shouts, electronic game noise, keyboards. There’s not much space for silence in between it all. Even when the kids are at school, the noise goes on. I work from a home office and there is almost always someone in the house other than me. Read full post

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Blessings - A Visit with Dainere Anthoney

By - 20/09/2010 - 13:38

I've written about the beautiful Dainere Anthoney for happychild previously. It is too easy to describe every seriously ill child as 'exceptional', but this young lady truly is. She captured the heart of my Twitter followers and nationwide journalist colleagues some months ago when her wish was to have her personal blog published in book form... Even though I've interviewed Dainere & Yvonne on my radio program, and written about her several times, we had not yet met in person. Read full post

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A Spoonful of Parental Happiness to Start My Day

By - 21/09/2010 - 13:39

Sometimes it's the briefest moment in the day that counts when you are a parent with a child. This morning Mr 8 leapt into bed with me (in his dress-up bow-tie and tails outfit teamed with pyjama pants) and reminded me that he wants to own a necktie. Mr 8 is our youngest so I am savouring every childish, imaginative moment with him (well, every moment except for the times that I'm so busy that I foolishly forget the gift of just 'being' with a child). Read full post

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Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?

By - 24/09/2010 - 11:02

Last year I was drawn to a series of articles referring to research from the Universities of Virginia (United States) and Plymouth (United Kingdom) suggesting that for children, happiness may not always mean good academic results. If you have read Martin Seligman’s work on optimism and its value for children’s wellbeing and later success in life, this suggestion could leave you scratching your head and wondering. Read full post

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6 Parent Tips - Building Happiness in Children's Lives - from Tal Ben Shahar

By - 27/09/2010 - 08:46

I like reading articles and research about what makes people happy. I read them with a critical eye for over-the-top advice that no-one could use and try to find things that are practical and sound like common sense....A Harvard professor, Tal Ben Shahar’s class on happiness was apparently the most popular on campus. No wonder – who doesn’t want to know more about that? Read full post

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Is there a "Dangerous" Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?

By - 29/09/2010 - 10:55

A book published by two Oxford Brookes University academics suggested that a rise in “therapeutic education” in schools could be a bad development. The book is called The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education. Apparently the book criticises school lessons that contain “social and emotional” content on the basis that these lessons may turn children into introverted, self-obsessed people who can not take criticism. Read full post

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