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Happiness is Contagious in a Family

By - 05/10/2010 - 16:41

I guess we all know that if we feel happy, some of this good mood rubs off on our children. You've also probably noticed how quickly your bad mood spreads through the family home on those inevitable 'off' days. Harvard Medical School researcher, Dr Nicholas Christakis, has researched the spread of indicated a link between how we're feeling and how happy (or not) our social networks are. Read full post

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Triple P Parenting Course - Best Thing I've Done

By - 07/10/2010 - 10:56

How did it get so hard? Where did we go wrong? Did I answer my parents back at 3? Surely not. Was I negotiating each time my mother asked me to do something? ...In short, we've been taken to a place we never knew existed. Before kids, I negotiated deals with my eyes closed, confidently presented to a room full of buyers, hosted VIP international client dinners and now, here I am, debating with our daughter...Never one to ask for help, I finally surrendered after another shocking bedtime debating match and turned to my husband and said, “Enough is enough, we need help”. And there it was... Read full post

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Childrens' Health Enhanced by More than Fruit and Vegetables

By - 11/10/2010 - 10:27

In an article published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, it was concluded that happiness prolongs the life of healthy people and may even protect against us falling ill. Scientists have known for some time that stress can have a negative effect on our immune systems. Probably I am slightly more paranoid that the average parent but I often think about my kids’ health throughout the day – have they brushed their teeth, did they have enough vegetables at dinner, why aren’t they eating lunch at school, did they do enough physical exercise this week? Read full post

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Ever Carried a Sleeping Child from the Car to the House?

By - 12/10/2010 - 11:49

Driving home from a coaching appointment this morning I listened to Richard Fidler on ABC Local Radio, interviewing Paul Kelly, Australian songwriter and musician. Paul Kelly played a song I had not heard before called They Thought I Was Asleep...it brought back memories of all the times, as a child, I observed unspoken moments between my parents... Read full post

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How Not to Freak Out When Your Child is Bleeding - a Mum's Perspective

By - 13/10/2010 - 11:27

Having survived the school holidays, I thought it was time to put pen to paper before I have to make another trip to the doctor/dentist/hospital. When I finished high school last century, my very sensible parents encouraged me to do nursing. Many years and children later I am eternally grateful for that three year course in how-not-to-freak-out-when-someone is-bleeding…a lot. Read full post

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So Many Bad Mothers Out There - Join The Club

By - 14/10/2010 - 11:13

Have you noticed how many bad mothers there are in the world? There must be lots, because there are special clubs for them all over the place. Just do an internet search for ‘bad mothers club’ and you’ll see what I mean. Most of these groups and their websites are an expression of solidarity amongst mothers who feel overwhelmed by the endless criticism that they experience as they go about their parenting business. Read full post

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Who the Hell is Jimmy? Your Teenager's Friend?

By - 19/10/2010 - 12:39

Most parents manage the tween years in this wonderful haze of parenthood. Cut to the onset of adolescence, and you realise that you’ve duped yourself into a false sense of security. You’ve had all these years thinking that the child growing in your family - this happy, communicative child, the one that makes you cards for those special occasions - would grow into an insightful teenager... Read full post

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Playground Speak - It's Out of Line Sometimes

By - 21/10/2010 - 20:35

We have three boys and like many other kids, I suspect, they have had a tendency to refer to things they don't like as "gay" or even "retarded". This is playground speak and some people might advise me to just let it go. But I detest this kind of language coming from kids or anyone...language is a tool much stronger than the proverbial "sticks and stones" and I feel strongly that children need to learn about its impact and develop some empathy for people... Read full post

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My Oprah Moment - Education - It's More than the Three Rs

By - 30/10/2010 - 08:55

On 1 November 2010 near Drummoyne, Sydney, over 100 people have so far registered to attend the Oprah Show meetup on a topic of great importance - the education system. I will be talking there about the need for emotional intelligence education to be included in the Australian National Curriculum, and sharing the fascinating research into why this is so important. There are only a few tickets left. Full details are in the blogpost. Read full post

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Parents - It's Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes

By - 30/10/2010 - 10:51

As Harvard’s Positive Psychology Lecturer and author of best-selling book Happier, Tal Ben Shahar has spent his life studying what makes people happy. And his mantra to his students is “learn to fail, or fail to learn.” This can be applied to parenting too. Letting our children experience minor failures, without rushing in to save them, helps them learn key skills that are essential to deal with the inevitable disappointments of everyday life. Read full post

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Who Wants to Be a Domestic Goddess?

By - 31/10/2010 - 09:25

Yes we’ve all been to another mother’s house that has looked like she’s spent the morning actually licking it clean with her own tongue as if a lifestyle magazine photo shoot were happening that very afternoon instead of your visit for tea, biscuits and gossip. That woman will soon be having a breakdown in the middle of a supermarket aisle: you do not want to be her. Read full post

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There Were 15 Nine Year Olds in My House - A Birthday Party

By - 31/10/2010 - 10:21

Just the mere mention of a child's birthday party is enough to send me into a sweat. I hate them. No, really...I simply refuse to pay an exorbitant amount of money for themed parties, clowns, face-painters, magicians, musicians, hookers and blow. Not going to happen. I will, however, spend a goodly amount of money on awesome loot bags for all attendees, great food for kids (no fairy bread here, thank you very much), and great food (and wine) for the adults. Read full post

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