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Doing Stuff With Your Kids - And Leaving the Washing Behind

By - 02/03/2011 - 13:10

My friend, Barney, recently commented on my Facebook page, “Gee you get about!” He was commenting on a photograph of the kids on our most recent weekend away. I admit it had been a busy week. I’d done an overnighter to Sydney for an early morning meeting at the ABC’s head office in Ultimo, I had moderated a business forum thing back home in Newcastle .. and a few other odds and sods on top of doing my daily radio show. Nothing particularly unusual for a week in the life of me. Read full post

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Parent Bloggers - How Much Do You Share of Your Children's Lives?

By - 03/03/2011 - 12:44

On Channel 7's The Morning Show 3rd march 2011, Yvette Vignando shared her views on the actions of some parents who have published online video or photos of themselves disciplining their children. Some of the stories are quite disturbing. View Yvette talking about the limits of what mum bloggers and dad bloggers share online in this video post. View The Morning Show segment. Read full post

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Monday 7 March 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

By - 07/03/2011 - 09:14

Public School Funding Australia ~ Mental Health of Students Helps Learning ~ Jamie Oliver's Dream School ~ Early Years Curriculum ~ Motherhood Can Help Depression ~ Early Blood Test Down's Syndrome Read full post

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Messages to Bullies - Forgiven not Forgotten

By - 14/03/2011 - 15:40

I’m writing a feature article about the effects of bullying. To prepare for the article I asked several adults about what they’d say now to the people that mercilessly and sometimes violently bullied them in childhood. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of them said they had nothing they’d want to say. But their reactions to this question are still important and poignant reminders about why schools and parents need to keep talking about how to reduce the incidence of bullying. Read full post

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Parents - What to Do if Your Child is a Bully

By - 15/03/2011 - 15:55

Video interview, Yvette Vignando on The Morning Show Channel 7 with ideas for parents on what to do if your child is being a bully. Includes signs your child may be bullying, what leads a child to bully how to help your child back to a happy life at school. Read full post

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Bystanders, Bullying and Breaking Points

By - 16/03/2011 - 13:46

A video shared online this week shows a very distressing scene of a smaller Year 7 boy hitting a larger Year 10 boy in the face and body while several students stand by (including the camera person) - watching and making comments. The video footage culminates in the smaller boy being injured. A part of this video was shown to me by crew at The Morning Show on Channel 7 yesterday morning - a pure coincidence, as I was about to talk about approaches parents can take if they find out that their child is a bully Read full post

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Breaking: Oranges and Textas Save Family Dinnertime

By - 18/03/2011 - 09:35

While according to author Janette Winterson’s novel "Oranges are not the only fruit", on one recent crisis-laden evening, oranges were all that stood between my family and a complete meltdown. It was three weeks into my two-month period of experimental single parenting, undertaken while simultaneously packing up a house, getting it ready for sale and preparing to move our family overseas. To put it mildly, the stress levels were high and on that particular afternoon the temperature was rising, fast. Read full post

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Parents Helping Children Who Are Bullied - Voices of Experience

By - 20/03/2011 - 21:45

As I mentioned in this earlier post 'Messages to Bullies - Forgiven not Forgotten", on 14 March I sent out interviews to a number of adults who offered to share their stories of being bullied as children. Having still not had the time to compile their responses into a coherent article, I keep wanting to publish parts of their stories because it seems the right time for their voices to be heard. Read full post

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Victim of Bullying - What Now?

By - 21/03/2011 - 16:22

On Channel 7 The Morning Show Yvette Vignando, Brett Murray and Sally Ann McCormack spoke with the hosts about the apparent hero status given to the victim of a dreadful bullying incident in a Sydney school. What should parents do in these circumstances? Read full post

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High School Choice - It's Not Actually About You

By - 23/03/2011 - 12:30

Many of you would have recently had the completely terrifying first day at school experience, and I'm not necessarily talking about those cute little things in their oversize uniforms, skipping off without a backward glance. No, first days at school are way more terrifying for parents ... The really big decisions came with high school ... Read full post

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Playing Favourites - 1 in 6 Parents Say They Love One Child More

By - 23/03/2011 - 12:56

On 23 March 2011 Yvette Vignando appeared on The Morning Show and discussed a blogger's revelation that she loves one child a bit more. 1 in 6 parents admit to this feeling. 69% of people say they feel that there is a favourite child in their family. Read full post

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Just Like My House, I'm Perfect - Aren't You?

By - 28/03/2011 - 09:29

I spent half an hour in front of the television this morning before starting work. I should have been putting away the folded washing or wiping down the kitchen benches or picking up the shirt label that was dropped on the lounge room floor by Mr 15 when he opened his new shirt … 2 weeks ago. If I knew you were coming over for coffee this morning, I would have put away, wiped and picked up, and I would have emptied the dish drainer and swept the front hallway and maybe even vacuumed the stairs. I would have baked you a cake and I would have remembered to open the window in the dining room to let some fresh air flow through the house. Why? Read full post

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So Which Mother Are You?

By - 30/03/2011 - 08:27

Arrive at any school concert and you can pick the stereotypical Mums from the crowd. There's the heavily involved school Mum, showing people where to sit or helping out behind the scenes. There's gym Mum, dressed in lycra, ready to recite her latest half marathon stats. Working Mum arrives just in time, Blackberry in one hand, guilt in the other. Stay at home and work from home Mum are comfortably dressed, they have their own guilt, they're trying not to make eye contact with heavily involved school Mum. As different as they all appear, they all share a common goal, trying to find the balance between happy child and happy mother. Read full post

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I Have No Parenting Advice to Offer

By - 31/03/2011 - 11:54

Before you invest too much time reading this post, let me warn you: I don’t have any parenting advice to offer. I may have been a mother for nearly twelve years, but I feel as equipped to counsel you about parenting techniques as I am to reflect on quantum physics or Pythagorean theory (and as my family will confirm, my knowledge of these areas is very limited indeed). I find parenting my three children the hardest, most perplexing job in the world and I am constantly worried that I am not very good at it. Read full post

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