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Useful Legal Information for Children and Teens Online

By Yvette Vignando - 18th July 2012

Lawstuff Australia, in partnership with the Children's Legal Services of Legal Aid NSW, have developed a series of fact sheets to provide children with information on what types of activities are against the law when using social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Information on sexting, copyright infringement, defamation and privacy are included. A great resource for your teens, and hopefully for them to share around on Facebook.

Eating Your Placenta and other Parent Practices

By Yvette Vignando - 18th June 2012

I didn't know what else to call this piece. My aim in this segment was to share some serious information about a few parenting topics that have hit the news due to celebrities talking about their parenting choices. We didn't get to discuss everything because one of my lovely co-hosts Sonia Kruger got the giggles - actually it was probably ambitious in the first place! Watch the short video here for as much information as I could squeeze in between the laughter. Below, just a few short points to consider.

School's Play with No Contact Policy Upsets Students and Parents

By Yvette Vignando - 15th June 2012

A primary school principal in Victoria, Australia has told children to "play with no contact"; the Principal explained that this direction came "directly from a safety perspective". In setting the background to this rule, Principal Ms Beckworth said the school had "a broken collarbone, broken wrist and concussion" . Children were so upset with this ban that Year 6 students are reported to have protested with some kind of 'sit in' on the oval at lunch time. It is reported that the school put a stop to the protest and that the students were called into the school hall to be spoken to about that behaviour. Parents are also reported to be upset by the ban and because the school did not consult the parent community first.

Childcare in Australia - Cost, Quality and Availability

By Yvette Vignando - 8th June 2012

Quality, cost and availability of childcare in Australia is in the news. Yesterday Prime Minister Julia Gillard called an urgent meeting with some of the key stakeholders and service providers of childcare in Australia to discuss what can be done to improve the situation for Australian families. In this video I offered my opinion on some of these areas but I am very interested to hear from you about what you feel should be done to improve quality and accessibility of childcare in Australia.

I Don't Have a Favourite Child - If I Did, I Wouldn't Tell You

By Yvette Vignando - 6th June 2012

The old chestnut - having a favourite child - was up for discussion today on Mornings on Channel 9. Journalist Paul Chai read Jeffrey Kluger's book The Sibling Bond and wrote an article admitting that while he loves both his kids, he finds one easier to relate to and easier to bond with. I had a chat about this with Paul and Mornings hosts David Campbell and Sonia Kluger. Depending on what you read, 100 %, 95%, 70%, 65% or 23% of parents admit to having a favourite child ...

Evidence that Children are Brilliant, Encouraging and Amazing

By Yvette Vignando - 4th June 2012

This video shows that given the opportunity, children are supportive, kind, empathetic and brilliant. It's inspiring to see this young boy with cerebral palsy complete a running race but even more inspiring and uplifting is the support he gets from his peers - watch this video, cry, be inspired to give more today.

Are You a Helicopter Parent? Here is Some Landing Gear.

By Yvette Vignando - 29th May 2012

Are you a helicopter parent? Please don't let this article give you anything else to be anxious about - instead use it to think about whether there are areas of your child's life where he or she could become more independent and more self-reliant. I am sharing brief ideas with you about signs you may be a helicopter parent and four simple tips to pull back a bit and build your child's confidence, self-esteem and independence.

Four Girls Who Have an Opinion - a Child Rights Case?

By Yvette Vignando - 25th May 2012

This week the rights of a child are in the news in Australia. What? You didn’t see all the media? Did you see the numerous television and news stories about four girls (aged 9, 10, 13 and 14) ‘on the run’, trying to avoid a court order that they return to Italy where their father lives (their mum is Australian)? Without knowing the details of those four girls’ experiences and knowing nothing about the mother or father, it’s a mistake for any of us to pass judgement on where those girls should be living right now. That’s a judgement for experts and the courts – but you know what, it’s also something about which each of those four children would have a strong view.

Why Stay at Home Mums Might be More Depressed - New Poll

By Yvette Vignando - 23rd May 2012

A Gallup poll in the United States of over 60,000 women found that mothers who stay at home with their kids, when compared with working mums, experience - more worry: 41% compared to 34%; and - more depression: 28% compared to 17%, as well as slightly more anger, stress and sadness.Today, I discussed this in more detail on Channel 9 show, Mornings. View the short video here and join the discussion: What do you think about these figures? Do you think as a society we need to get better at valuing parents who stay at home?

Don't Chase Your Happiness - Let it Land on You

By Yvette Vignando - 17th May 2012

It was a little difficult for me to compose a blogpost mainly about happiness because I don’t believe in chasing it. This might seem ironic coming from the publisher of a website called happychild. But happiness is just one of many rich feelings that give me, and I think most people, a feeling of humanity and a sense of living a full and meaningful life. When happiness is absent in our daily lives or is fleeting, that’s a sign that something is more seriously wrong – and it’s the time to get support from experts, not the time to chase happiness. Because if you run after happiness you may never catch it.