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Do We Have a Blinkered View of Our Children?

By - 01/11/2011 - 12:00

Sometimes I think all children have double identities. There’s the ‘at home’ child, the one the parents know and love, and there’s the ‘out in the world’ child, the one that the rest of us see. Here’s what I mean ... Read full post

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Listen to Kids - React to Australian Bullying Video

By - 02/11/2011 - 12:38

Earlier this year, very disturbing video was shown of a boy being buWnatllied in an Australian school - the boy fought back - the video was shown all around the world. In a new and powerful video, children in the United States talk about their reactions to this video, how they feel about bullying, what they think adults should do about it. The end of the video sent shivers down my spine - listening to what these children would say to a bully if they could. Read full post

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How Happy are You Compared with Your Country Average? A Test.

By - 03/11/2011 - 08:01

I had to share this - it's very quick and a bit interesting to compare your results with the rest of your country. A happiness test on Scientific American called "How Happy Are You?" with a table for you to see how your happiness compares with other people in your country and the rest of the world.Positive and negative feelings are measured. I share my results with you too. How did you go and what country are you from? Read full post

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Australian Family Does Halloween - Wonderful Haunting Memories

By - 03/11/2011 - 10:20

Halloween - and the excitement levels in our house were reaching fever pitch. My oldest child had waited seven long years to again experience the wonder that is an American Halloween. And on October 31st 2011, any feeling of homesickness was swept aside because on this particular day there was nowhere else in the world we would rather be ... The absolute highlight of the night was the Haunted House ... Read full post

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OMG I am Good - Look, I am Parenting

By - 04/11/2011 - 09:43

There's a new family at our school. They're Australian and they have 5 children. When I told my husband about them, he feigned devastation. "You know what that means. We're no longer the Australians with the 4 kids, we've just become the Australians with the 4 kids who didn't try hard enough". I have often joked that 4 children in 6 years was an exercise in extreme parenting. It was also an exercise I wore with an indulgent and oversized badge of honor. Read full post

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Beautiful - the Song, the Voice - Stop Bullying

By - 04/11/2011 - 17:02

A 12 year old girl videos herself singing Beautiful, and before that, messages from kids about being bullied. Her voice is angelic - enjoy! Read full post

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Moving with Children - a Child's Squeaky Voice Reaction

By - 07/11/2011 - 12:06

The high-pitched, talking started a few months ago. Our three-year-old, who is known for her husky tones, began communicating in a squeaky voice. Aside from being incredibly annoying, it was also a little strange. We just put it down to her being three ... And then it dawned on me ... Read full post

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I Wasn't Going to Write About This

By - 07/11/2011 - 19:32

Last week, a Twitter contact shared one of the most horrific videos I have seen in a long time. It was so traumatic that I couldn't watch much more than a few minutes. I didn't retweet it because the vision was so violent that I thought it required a warning. I was also unsure about its origin because the video was dated 2004 yet seemed to have just hit the internet that day. Since then, the video has gone viral. Read full post

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I'm Happy I Held Our Son Back from Starting School

By - 08/11/2011 - 16:08

This time last year I was in a quandary. I was trying to decide whether or not to send our then-four-year-old son to school this year. My initial feeling was that he would be ready to go – he had a large vocabulary for his age, and was very curious and eager to learn. He was also very tall for his age, got along well with older peers, and had good fine motor skills. His preschool teachers agreed that he would be fine ... I started to do some research about readiness for school. Read full post

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Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child's Happiness? Research.

By - 10/11/2011 - 11:12

It will sound like a pun but I just don't "buy" this - well not all of it. I love to read research about children's wellbeing and think about its practical application. So headlines about this new UK research caught my eye. For example this one: "Must-have possessions that make a child happy: Why the best things in life aren't always free" ... Researchers for the Children's Society in the UK* surveyed 5500 children about their levels of happiness (also called 'subjective wellbeing') and their access to material goods ... Read full post

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Our Daughter is Living 2000 Kilometres Away - For Now

By - 14/11/2011 - 09:33

We are a family of five, yet when we relocated from the Gold Coast to Melbourne three weeks ago, we arrived as a family of four. Wait, nothing terrible happened to the fifth one; we just decided to leave her behind. Actually, wait, that does sound kind of terrible ... Read full post

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Raising Barry - an Unconventional Parent Raises a President

By - 15/11/2011 - 12:53

Ann Dunham (Soetoro) Sutoro’s life is changing the course of history, yet most people have never heard of this remarkable woman. When I first met Ann in Jakarta in March 1981, I had no idea how great an impact she would have on world history and politics ... We had an immediate rapport. Ann saw me as a young person who shared her idealism and passion for solving the problems of poverty in Indonesia. Perhaps I reminded her of her son Barry, born in Hawaii in 1961, a few years younger than me, and then studying and working in the United States. Read full post

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Parenting Headlines that are Simply Wrong - Want Better Children?

By - 16/11/2011 - 09:59

It was only last night that I was talking to a trusted friend about the inaccuracy and sensationalism in online and offline publications - especially their headlines. As a publisher myself I confess I do find the whole headline 'thing' a challenge. I can laugh at the silly and sensational and even salacious sometimes, even though I hope I will never 'go there' myself. But using headlines that misinform people about research simply for the eye-catching impact - please stop it. Take this one from today as an example: "Revealed - Marriage Breeds Better Children" ... Read full post

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The Impact of Media - Yes, Somebody Should Think of the Children

By - 18/11/2011 - 10:36

This morning I had an article about media content classification published on a website.* The article discusses some proposed deregulatory changes to the Australian classification system and points out that these do not appear to serve the review’s guiding principle that "children should be protected from material that is likely to harm or disturb them." The first comment out of the blocks was: "Somebody think of the children!" Read full post

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What's Wrong with Our Food System? Inspiration from an 11 Year Old

By - 18/11/2011 - 11:26

We had to share this one: Birke Baehr is 11 years old and speaks with passion and humour about local and organic food farming - at a TedX event. a great video to show your children - not just because of the worthy content - but because he's a great example of an accomplished public speaker, and because he seems to have found a passion at an early age. Read full post

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Children Saying Sorry - It's a Life Skill

By - 21/11/2011 - 07:44

According to Ali Macgraw’s character in the the 80s cult movie Love Story, ”love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Perhaps that’s because, according to Elton John, “sorry seems to be the hardest word”. I agree with the latter but not the former. While it can be hard to say, in our family, love means being willing to admit when you’re wrong. I apologise to our children ... Read full post

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Taming the Tantrums - It Starts with Parenting Skills

By - 24/11/2011 - 14:07

Yale University Parenting Center is recognised for its invaluable research and support for parents and has recently been spreading the word about some basic parenting skills that will help you to deal with your child's tantrums, and over time, reduce them. Yvette Vignando spoke on The Morning Show on Channel 7 and shared this information - based on over 30 years of research. Read full post

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Birthday Happiness for Our Ten Year Old, and For Us

By - 28/11/2011 - 13:12

This post is filed under "Love:" Last year, perhaps on this very day, I wrote about a surprise birthday present for Mr 8, soon to be Mr 9. We so enjoyed surprising him with his present – and his delight has continued throughout the year so it was absolutely the gift-that-keeps-on-giving. On Friday when we took him out for an advance 10 year old celebration, he told us he is keeping last year’s gift forever, “for the memories”. Read full post

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Internet Addiction in Children - Is the Blame Game Helpful?

By - 30/11/2011 - 11:45

This week there have been several articles in the media about the Network for Internet Investigation and Research in Australia . The team of experts behind the website are hoping to use it to provide information and support relating to internet addiction and obsessive behaviour associated with the use of computers and computer games ... Sadly, when I read the comments following the articles, the discussion was not centred on ways to develop positive computer habits and to diagnose and help those with harmful behaviours linked to internet usage. Read full post

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