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Best Laughter Ever - Baby Laughing Hysterically

By - 01/06/2011 - 20:57

One of the most smile-inducing videos I have seen. We all love the sound of our own baby laughing at our jokes. Someone mentioned this to me on Twitter tonight and it reminded me of this fabulous video of a Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper. Honestly, you should bookmark this for when you need to be put in a good mood, it's wonderful. Read full post

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Remarriage with Children - Creating Good Beginnings

By - 01/06/2011 - 21:36

There are pictures of young Amy on the wall and her name is spoken of lovingly; the scene painted sounds like a beautiful family. There are also wedding photos of a couple together. None of them include Amy. The man is Amy’s dad, Daniel; the woman is her dad's fiancee. And this situation has my mind ticking. Australian statistics indicate that for every marriage recorded, 1 in 3 are re-marriages.Of these re-marriages it has been found that nearly half included children under the age of 16 from previous marriages. Read full post

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Is it Okay to Parody Celebrity Kids like Willow Smith?

By - 02/06/2011 - 11:49

The media has to be careful when it parodies celebrity children, no question. Like all kids, children in the spotlight are entitled to extra care and concern when it comes to reporting on their activities and even in comedy. Disney show So Random has attracted some criticism for a parody of Willow Smith and her "I Whip My Hair" music video. I took a different view for this one clip. Read full post

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Why Did I Worry about Sibling Rivalry?

By - 03/06/2011 - 13:41

It’s funny, but I’ve noticed that in life, the things I really worry about happening are often the things that I don’t need to worry about. (It’s the things I don’t see coming that often blindside me!) Before our second child was born, I worried a lot about sibling rivalry ... When our daughter was born, our then-two-year-old son’s first words upon visiting her in hospital were, “When is the doctor going to put her back into your tummy Mummy?” Read full post

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Facebook is Not a Safe Playground for Children

By - 06/06/2011 - 13:56

Children as young as 8 years old are seeing psychologists. Their parents say they are suffering anxiety as a result of being on Facebook; anxious about what friends are posting about them. I say parents need to remember that Facebook firstly is not allowed for children under 13, and importantly, it's not a safe place for children. Read full post

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Four Spoonfuls' of Sugar for Mary Poppins Sydney

By - 08/06/2011 - 10:14

Review Mary Poppins Musical in Sydney: I remember vividly the first musical I attended as a child. It was Annie, in 1978, and I went with my grandma. What I most remember was being in awe that a little girl like me could be on stage singing in such an amazing voice and that she could remember all the lines - I so wanted to be that girl. Fast forward to 2011, and I went to see a preview performance of Disney's Mary Poppins in Sydney, this time taking our 9 year old son Read full post

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No Time for Writer's Block, or Bench Pressing 30 Kilos

By - 13/06/2011 - 09:35

by Sophie Lee: A funny thing seems to be happening as my children grow older. Instead of becoming more productive, as I’d expected, I’ve established a pattern of getting less done than ever. I sometimes feel as though I myself have fallen down a well and am in need of a potion to restore order to the surrounding chaos. In 2006 I was handed an amazing opportunity. When I say ‘handed’ I mean, I’d fought for it to happen, but it felt like a gift nevertheless. I landed my first ever book deal, that is to say, an offer to expand a short story into a full-length novel. Read full post

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Flying Space Junk, Motherhood and Fear

By - 15/06/2011 - 12:45

When I was a child we lived in country NSW. During school holidays my older sister and I would travel to Sydney by train, unaccompanied, to be met by our grandmother at the other end. On the return journey the reverse would happen. This started when I was quite young, eight years old or so, and my sister eleven. The trip was a long one, close to eight hours, and I’d pass the time reading and daydreaming. I remember feeling terribly grown up as I made my purchases from the food trolley that trundled up and down the corridors of that train. Recently I had to dispatch my middle son on a similar journey. Read full post

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Tablet Technology and Children's Literacy - Parents' Responsibility

By - 15/06/2011 - 13:11

Yvette Vignando appeared on The Morning Show on Channel 7 with Rod from Gadget King to talk about new tablet technology for children and the views of some people who say it may have an adverse affect on children learning to read and spell. Yvette said it comes back to parental responsibility and making sure children still have time to develop in other important ways. Read full post

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Facebook and Twitter Social Skills - a Video

By - 15/06/2011 - 20:45

We post so much here about social skills and also about social networking sites like Facebook, this video just had to be shared. Watch it with your teenagers who will LOL and ROFL with you - it's actually a viral ad. campaign for an opera but trust us, it's worth a watch. Extremely funny if you have every used Facebook and Twitter. Read full post

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A Family is Where Love is Abundant

By - 20/06/2011 - 10:05

Sitting in her New York apartment being interviewed by a New York Times journalist, Gabrielle Einhorn says that for her, a family means abundance, commitment, and the intimacy that comes from a shared history. Her child, Griffin, was conceived by an IVF sperm donation from a very close friend of hers; Griffin’s biological father’s name is George Russell and he is gay. Mr Russell has his own partner, David Nimmons. On Sundays all four of them have dinner together, and Mr Russell stays over a few nights each week to spend time with Griffin. At this point, most readers will be starting to make judgements about Griffin’s family. Is this the right thing for Griffin? Is it ideal for families to be formed in this way? Read full post

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Time Affluence for Children - a Cure for Affluenza

By - 21/06/2011 - 12:26

Preparing for this segment on The Morning Show, I looked up one of my favourite researchers and writers on happiness, Tal Ben Shahar. Ben Shahar has many strings to his bow including teaching Positive Psychology at Harvard and author of best seller books "Happier" and "Being Happy"....Tal Ben Shahar and his colleagues frequently cite the single biggest predictor of happiness as 'Time Affluence' - this is really having time to do things that are important to you and meaningful for you ... Read full post

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Madison the Makeup Guru is 5 years Old

By - 24/06/2011 - 14:58

I thought this segment on The Morning Show was going to be mostly about adultification of children - five year old Madison has over a million views on YouTube for her many videos of her applying makeup and reviewing it - in a five year old kind of way: "I really love it". But in the end I thought it was about something innocent that ended up with a child becoming a PR vehicle for adult makeup products - what do you think? Read full post

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Of Course, You'll Want the Pink Party Bag, Won't You?

By - 27/06/2011 - 09:34

Not so long ago, I wrote about my six-year-old daughter’s ambition to be a builder. Cunning inventions made from sunglasses and old CDs attached with straw flow from her fingers, and nothing makes her happier than a new box of Lego. She is also uncannily gifted at Monopoly, so I look forward to enjoying old age supported by my wealthy and astute property developer of a daughter. She is not a keen clothes shopper (‘no’ is her assessment of most garments), but given the choice she would prefer to pick a Ben 10 t-shirt from the boys’ side of the store than a pink fairy dress from the girls’ aisle. Read full post

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Two Sides to Every Bully - I was Both

By - 28/06/2011 - 22:47

When I was in high school I was bullied. For about six months, a group of older girls and some guys would follow a few of my friends and I around the school grounds threatening us. They never physically hurt us, but they scared us. It got so bad that my Mum would come and meet me at the school bus stop and walk me home. On the days she couldn’t meet me I would run as fast as I could, in the hope I would outrun my bullies. I wasn’t always fast enough and they would ride their bikes beside me, taunting me as I walked home. Read full post

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How to Dress for the School Run - and the Paparazzi

By - 29/06/2011 - 23:04

by Maggie Alderson: What? It’s that time already? … I can’t be the only mother to have this daily reaction when the clock has somehow come round to school pick up time, ... It doesn’t leave much time to plan an outfit. More likely, a lightening check that there are no food stains too visible to the casual glance, before racing to the door. But every school has at least one mother for whom the school run seems to be a kind of personal fashion parade. Spray on jeans, sky high heels, a year round tan and sleek long hair, seem to be the default look. Read full post

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Principals Suggest School Run Parents Lift Their Game

By - 30/06/2011 - 19:05

A bit of fun on The Morning Show today with Suzanne Mostyn and Yvette Vignando discussing the right look for picking up and dropping children to school. Some Principals in the UK requested that parents improve their standards fo dress on the school run because many of them were turning up in their pyjamas and dressing gowns. Elle Macpherson seems to be able to throw herself together reasonably well. Read full post

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