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Marketing Body-Toning Products to Girls aged 7

A shoe manufacturer is marketing shoes to 7 to 12 year old girls that are designed to tone and shape legs - is this appropriate? Yvette Vignando spoke about this with Christine Morgan from The Butterfly Foundation and Julie Gale from Kids Free to Be Kids. Read full article

Suri Cruise is 5 Years Old - She is Not a Woman

Yvette Vignando, Melissa Hoyer and Melinda Tankard Reist on Channel 7, The Morning Show, discuss decision by Glamour Magazine to include 5 year old Suri Cruise in the Best Dressed Women of 2011 list. Was this a good decision by Glamour magazine. Can we just allow little girls to be little girls please? Read full article

Student to Be Awarded Compensation - Bullying at Australian School

A student of St Patricks College Campbelltown sued her former school for damages saying it failed to protect her from physical and verbal bullying. She said she now suffers from a range of psychological symptoms including depression and anxiety. Yvette Vignando spoke on Sunrise on Channel 7 on 14 April 2011 about this story & bullying by girls. Read full article

I Have a Young Daughter and I am the Language Police

<a href="/blogs/zoeymartin/2011/02/21/i-have-a-young-daughter-and-i-am-the-language-police">I Have a Young Daughter and I am the Language Police</a>

I once saw a study that showed that teenage girls’ self-esteem was linked to how represented their race was in the mainstream media. It was an American study. So Native Americans who were the most under-represented racial group in the media had the highest level of self-esteem, followed by African Americans with Caucasian teenagers at the bottom of the pile. They drew the conclusion that it was because if you see somebody of the same racial group on the front of a magazine you think that if you just lost the right amount of weight, did the right exercise, had the right clothes or wore the right make up you could look like that. Whereas, somebody of a different racial group would never be able to look like that no matter what changes they made. Read full article

Glee Star on Cosmopolitan Cover Shot - Is Parental Guidance Required?

Glee star Lea Michele appears on the cover of the March edition of US Cosmopolitan. The actress is apparently 24 years old but plays the role of a teenager in the internationally popular television series Glee. In the news is the reaction by some Texas newsagents who have removed the magazine from display and others who have said that the cover shot is overtly sexual and inappropriate for a celebrity who plays a teenager. The implication is that Lea Michele is also something of a role model for young women who watch Glee. Read full article

Friday 11 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/11/friday-11-february-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Friday 11 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Friday 11 February 2011 - Bullying and Social Status ~ NSW Teacher Standards ~ Increase in Bullying Girls in Australia ~ Working Parents' Guilt ~ Effectiveness of Time Out for Children ~ New Assessment Methods for Students ~ Children's Sleepovers ~ Children's Diet and IQ Read full article

Tuesday 25 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/25/tuesday-25-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Tuesday 25 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Tuesday 25 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Children Bored in Country Australia ~ Funding Private Schools ~ Raising Girls, Advice from Teachers ~ Children in Detention ~ Top Apps for Toddlers ~ UK Parenting Campaign Considered Read full article

Wednesday 12 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/12/wednesday-12-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Wednesday 12 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Wednesday 12 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Pinkification of Girls ~ Surrogacy in Australia ~ Children in Detention ~ Oxytocin & Ethnocentrism ~ Publishing Teacher Performance Rankings ~ Teacher Disciplined for Allowing Sled Use ~ Special Education Students ~ Autism and Yawn Contagion Read full article

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome

<a href="/parenting-resources/girls/the-princess-bitchface-syndrome">The Princess Bitchface Syndrome</a>

Book: The Princess Bitchface Syndrome, Surviving Adolescent Girls by Michael Carr-Gregg. In this book, Michael Carr-Gregg focuses on the special trials of raising adolescent girls today, what to do when your previously quiet, loving daughter becomes a restless, rebellious stranger who behaves like a responsible adult one day and a vampish brat the next. Read full article

Raising and Praising Girls

<a href="/parenting-resources/girls/raising-and-praising-girls">Raising and Praising Girls</a>

Books: Raising and Praising Girls by Elizabeth Hartley - Brewer. In this practical, common-sense guide, it is revealed why understanding and acknowledging girls' unique sensibilities is the key to knowing how to award them with the right sort of praise. Read full article