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Time Alone with Fathers Boosts Teens' Self Esteem

<a href="/articles/time-alone-with-fathers-boosts-teens-self-esteem">Time Alone with Fathers Boosts Teens&#039; Self Esteem</a>

Dads, men, male mentors, uncles, grandfathers are so important in the lives of children. Increasingly, research confirms what most of us already thought: men who spend focused time with their children make a valuable contribution to their kids’ happiness and psychological health. And the father effect is important for teenagers too...this research showed that teens who spent more one on one time with their fathers had higher levels of general self-worth, and higher levels of social competence. Read full article

Understanding Children Who Bully

<a href="/blogs/2012/08/10/understanding-children-who-bully">Understanding Children Who Bully</a>

We are in the midst of an epidemic. One in seven kids suffer from it. It destroys lives and can have fatal consequences...As a community, there are things we can all do to decrease the likelihood that children will become bullies...Teens, although highly vulnerable to slights, are quick to dish them out. Testing each other and the world, their expressions are often uncensored... Read full article

Mummy, Are You Beautiful? - What Would You Say?

<a href="/blogs/meganblandford/2011/09/12/mummy-are-you-beautiful-what-would-you-say">Mummy, Are You Beautiful? - What Would You Say?</a>

"Mummy, am I beautiful?" - "Yes, you are so beautiful!" - "Mummy, are you beautiful?" Children don’t realise how confronting, or how relevant, their questions can be. When my three-year-old daughter posed the question, "Are you beautiful?" to me, I hesitated. And I gave her the answer I knew I should give: "Yes. Yes, I am." This is a question that, once upon a time, I would have laughed at. 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

Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/thriving-raising-exceptional-kids-with-confidence-character-and-">Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience</a>

Book: Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience by Michael Grose. Kids need strong, confident leadership from their parents. Today's kids live with pressures that previous generations didn't have to face. In this no-nonsense book, parenting educator Michael Grose shows us how to be confident family leaders, able to develop real character and resilience in our kids - the keys to their future success. Read full article

The Confident Child - Raising Children to Believe in Themselves

<a href="/parenting-resources/confidence-and-self-esteem/the-confident-child-raising-children-to-believe-in-th">The Confident Child - Raising Children to Believe in Themselves</a>

Book : The Confident Child by Terri Apter believes that raising confident, motivated, and caring children is a parent's greatest challenge. Drawing on her own extensive research on children and parents, Terri Apter has created in The Confident Child, a guide based on emotional coaching. Read full article

Smart But Scattered: Part 1 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson

<a href="/articles/smart-but-scattered-part-1-of-interview-with-authors-dick-guare-and-peg-dawson">Smart But Scattered: Part 1 of Interview with authors Dick Guare and Peg Dawson</a>

In Part 1 of this interview Yvette Vignando interviews authors of 'Smart But Scattered' about how parents can recognise the need for and help their child develop higher level 'executive' skills such as organisational skills, planning, and time management. Read full article

How to Raise the Self Esteem of Your Child

<a href="/articles/how-to-raise-the-self-esteem-of-your-child">How to Raise the Self Esteem of Your Child</a>

Self esteem can be an over-rated concept if you don't understand what it really means. Verity Leatherdale writes about some basic steps to bolster your child's self esteem including how to use praise properly and how to teach your child to face challenges. Read full article