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Do Your Children Play on Smartphones in Restaurants?

<a href="/blogs/martinaungle/2012/10/25/do-your-children-play-on-smartphones-in-restaurants">Do Your Children Play on Smartphones in Restaurants?</a>

Late last year, I was sitting in a pizzeria in Balmain having dinner with my then 14-year-old. The restaurant was full with most of the tables taken up with families, not a great surprise on an early Saturday night. However, as I looked around the room, I noticed a pretty astounding thing. Apart from our table, every single child in the restaurant – and I mean every single child – was playing on some smartphone, tablet or games device. And these were children of all ages, from kids in prams and high chairs to older teenagers. Read full article

Mobile Phones - Do They Negatively Impact Teen Communication?

<a href="/blogs/susanwhelan/2012/01/10/mobile-phones-do-they-negatively-impact-teen-communication">Mobile Phones - Do They Negatively Impact Teen Communication?</a>

I recently came across a blog post about the potential for mobile phones to weaken kids’ conversational skills. The post at the 21st Century Fluency Project (originally posted by Katherine Bindley at Huffington Post) talked about the positive and negative influence of mobile phones and technology in general on the ability of children and teenagers to communicate effectively. The topic caught my eye as my 12-year-old son was going to be receiving his first mobile phone for Christmas. Read full article

Seven Things to Never Ask Your Tween or Teen

<a href="/articles/seven-things-to-never-ask-your-tween-or-teen">Seven Things to Never Ask Your Tween or Teen</a>

Toxic parent communication stoppers that are guaranteed to turn teens off – and your better response to keep them talking. Let’s face it, talking with an adolescent can be like walking through a minefield. At any moment you could be asking what you thought was a simple, sincere question only to find it triggering an explosive response ... Here are seven things you should avoid asking an adolescent because they are guaranteed to be big “turn offs” and how to pose those trickier questions another way so you’re more likely to get a better response from your kid (or at least keep her standing in the same room with you). Read full article

How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk

<a href="/parenting-resources/teenagers/how-to-talk-so-teens-will-listen-and-listen-so-teens-will-talk">How to Talk so Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk</a>

Internationally acclaimed parenting experts Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish have helped millions of families with their breakthrough, bestselling books "How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk" and "Siblings Without Rivalry". Now, they return with this lively, down-to-earth guide that tackles today's tough issues. Within these pages you'll discover the innovative Faber & Mazlish approach to maintaining a candid, open, mutually respectful dialogue between parents and teens. Read full article

Child Sense

<a href="/parenting-resources/temperament/child-sense">Child Sense</a>

Book: Child Sense, How to Speak Your Baby's Language by Priscilla Dunstan. Would you like to 'speak' to your baby? Are you worried about abnormal bad behaviour? Or surprised by how different your toddler's temperament is to your own? Most of the everyday conflicts that plague families stem simply from a communication gap between parent and child. Priscilla Dunstan reveals how best to interpret your child's behaviour and maximise their potential for success and happiness in life. Read full article