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Children of Celebrities - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

By - 01/02/2011 - 11:48

In the past few days there has been interest in a story about author Terry McMillan's comments (on Twitter) regarding the parenting decisions made by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Two of their three children are building a career in the entertainment industry and appear to be making a success of it. Sure, their parents' wealth and connections would be playing a large part in the opportunities presented to them, but are Jada and Willow Smith being harmed by their early career development? Read full post

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Wednesday 2 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 02/02/2011 - 11:16

Wednesday 2 February 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Foreign Language Teaching Australian Schools ~ Julianne Moore Talks Parenting ~ Teenagers and Alcohol ~ Children's Artwork ~ How Much Television Children are Watching ~ Single Mothers and Boys Read full post

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Teenagers on the Internet: Parents Need to Be Involved

By - 03/02/2011 - 18:36

So the research is in and it tells us that social networking can be a positive influence on teenagers’ lives ... Valkenburg and Peters, from the University of Amsterdam reviewed ten years of research into Internet use by teenagers and concluded that social networking sites increased positive internet use amongst healthy teenagers and enhanced their social functioning. Read full post

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Monday 7 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 07/02/2011 - 08:17

Monday 7 February 2011 - Mum of Bullied Child Sues $1million ~ Free Preschool for Aboriginal Children ~ Diet and ADHD ~ Value of Books and Libraries ~ Teaching Maths is Fun ~ Obesity and Double Income Families ~ Autism and Testosterone in Womb Read full post

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A Chocolate Cake to Feed Lots of Children

By - 07/02/2011 - 08:43

Chocolate Cake can assist in raising happy children! At the request of a friend on Twitter this morning, I'm sharing my favourite quick standby chocolate cake recipe that feeds a truckload of visiting children. We have three boys in our family so this chocolate cake recipe comes in handy. They think it's the best chocolate cake ever, especially as they can make it themselves. Read full post

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P!nk's Latest Music Video - Perfect, or Not?

By - 09/02/2011 - 06:49

P!nk (Alecia Moore) has just released her latest music video for her current song, “Fkin Perfect”, being given airplay. I must confess I'm partial to P!nk and her music. This is because of what she represents and stands for, and the tunes of course. As I was playing the footage on my computer my 6 and 3 year old wanted to look. I do let them listen to P!nk. I know some of her lyrics contain explicit language so I either sing loudly for those songs and cover the swearing, or I don’t let them listen to those but I don’t believe that she should be censored. Read full post

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Friday 11 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 11/02/2011 - 10:34

Friday 11 February 2011 - Bullying and Social Status ~ NSW Teacher Standards ~ Increase in Bullying Girls in Australia ~ Working Parents' Guilt ~ Effectiveness of Time Out for Children ~ New Assessment Methods for Students ~ Children's Sleepovers ~ Children's Diet and IQ Read full post

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Glee Star on Cosmopolitan Cover Shot - Is Parental Guidance Required?

By - 11/02/2011 - 12:35

Glee star Lea Michele appears on the cover of the March edition of US Cosmopolitan. The actress is apparently 24 years old but plays the role of a teenager in the internationally popular television series Glee. In the news is the reaction by some Texas newsagents who have removed the magazine from display and others who have said that the cover shot is overtly sexual and inappropriate for a celebrity who plays a teenager. The implication is that Lea Michele is also something of a role model for young women who watch Glee. Read full post

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My Child is Being Bullied - He's Four - My Heart Hurts

By - 14/02/2011 - 09:01

My Bear is 4-1/2 years old, and he is a sweet, bookish child who makes a point of sharing and complimenting and thanking. Every time he is given something – a lollipop at the doctor or a piece of candy at swimming lessons or a toy – he insists on getting something for his little sister, too. And for 2 years now, he has been the target for aggressive kids. I hate labeling it “bullying.” Whenever I do refer to what happens to him as bullying, the whole thing seems so harsh, so huge … my heart hurts too much. Because he’s 4-1/2 years old. Read full post

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Tuesday 15 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 15/02/2011 - 08:19

Wednesday 2 February 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Curing Childhood Cancers ~ Teen Blogger Jailed ~ Behaviour of 'Poor' Children in UK ~ Swearing in US Schools ~ School Achievement and Race in US ~ Police Taking Teens Home off Streets ~ Influence of Technology on Childhood Read full post

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Children Swearing - How Do You Handle it in Your Family?

By - 15/02/2011 - 09:18

I often swim with some girlfriends at our local gym. It's great for the exercise, the post-swim coffee time and to talk about the critical issues of the day - like our kids swearing. Each family has different levels of tolerance for swearing and even within a family, two parents would often have different views. I remember when our oldest son was at preschool how shocked I was by some of the words used by his peers who had older siblings. My shock wore off pretty fast ... Read full post

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Monday 21 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 21/02/2011 - 08:34

Monday 21 February 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Coffee Shop Skills Helps Kids with Autism ~ Teacher Suspended for Blog Comments on Students ~ Brain Arousal and Emotions ~ Social and Emotional Learning in Schools ~ UN Report on Fatherhood ~ Working Mother Stress ~ Fatherhood Needs Redefining UN Report ~ Bilingual Children Better Multitaskers ~ Risk of Super Schools Read full post

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I Have a Young Daughter and I am the Language Police

By - 21/02/2011 - 09:58

I once saw a study that showed that teenage girls’ self-esteem was linked to how represented their race was in the mainstream media. It was an American study. So Native Americans who were the most under-represented racial group in the media had the highest level of self-esteem, followed by African Americans with Caucasian teenagers at the bottom of the pile. They drew the conclusion that it was because if you see somebody of the same racial group on the front of a magazine you think that if you just lost the right amount of weight, did the right exercise, had the right clothes or wore the right make up you could look like that. Whereas, somebody of a different racial group would never be able to look like that no matter what changes they made. Read full post

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Christchurch Earthquake 2011 - Grief, Media and My Family

By - 28/02/2011 - 11:43

Last week was a quiet week for blogging and writing on happychild. I was distracted. My brother, his wife and their two little boys live in Christchurch New Zealand. They are fortunate and we are relieved – they are safe and their house has only minor damage. ... Since September, many people in Christchurch have continued to feel anxious and stressed and this has been compounded by the frequent aftershocks that jolt them out of temporary distraction, and remind them that they’re living with risk. Read full post

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