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How You Praise Your Toddler Has a Lasting Impact

<a href="/articles/how-you-praise-your-toddler-has-a-lasting-impact">How You Praise Your Toddler Has a Lasting Impact</a>

In a study that is the first of its kind, researchers observing real-world parent-child interactions have shown the lasting effect of parents’ praise on their children’s behaviours and thoughts. In this article, reporting on the research, you will learn about which type of praise has a positive impact on children's motivation and persistence, and be provided with examples. Read full article

I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2012/04/24/i-stopped-and-really-saw-my-daughter-moments-of-mindfulness">I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness</a>

There are some moments with my kids that are so precious I just want the moment to be permanently recorded forever and stored somewhere safe. I want this so I can re-live the moment and tap into the wonderful feelings that swam over me at the time. For five minutes today I had one of these moments. I was simply sitting on the floor brushing my five year old daughter’s hair while we both listened to Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack (of all things!). And I haven’t felt so peaceful and content in a very long time. Read full article

How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child's Brain

<a href="/articles/how-supportive-parenting-impacts-your-childs-brain">How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child&#039;s Brain</a>

The importance of parental love and warmth to children’s emotional wellbeing is widely accepted. It makes sense that a loving childhood may protect children from developing mental illnesses later in life. A recent study by experts at Washington University illustrates why good parenting skills and parent wellbeing is so important that it can even affect the size of an important part of our brain – the hippocampus. Read full article

Parenting Trap. Does Your Child's Past Behaviour Predict Future Behaviour?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/13/parenting-trap-does-your-childs-past-behaviour-predict-future-behavi">Parenting Trap. Does Your Child&#039;s Past Behaviour Predict Future Behaviour?</a>

You may have heard of the phrase “past behaviour predicts future behaviour” - it’s often referred to in the context of job interviews, or in guessing how customers are likely to behave in response to a marketing idea. But do we use this assumption too much when we are parenting or teaching our children? What do you think? I have no basis for asking this question other than my own experience as a parent – and I think I have made this mistake many times. You know … you assume your son or daughter or your student will like or not like something, or will behave or react in a certain way … because that’s how they reacted last time? Read full article

Heart to Heart Parenting

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/heart-to-heart-parenting">Heart to Heart Parenting</a>

Book: Heart to Heart Parenting by Robin Grille is about nurturing your child's emotional intelligence from conception to school age. More than just a book about raising happy and resilient children, Robin Grille writes about how to create a deep and lasting relationship with your child. Guidance on your child's emotional needs, how to deal with tantrums and how to talk and listen to your child in a way that benefits your child's social development and wellbeing. Read full article

I Have a Sensitive Child - a Discipline Dilemma

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2010/11/16/i-have-a-sensitive-child-a-discipline-dilemma">I Have a Sensitive Child - a Discipline Dilemma</a>

My husband and I are pretty much chalk and cheese in many ways. Although we have similar values and priorities in life, it's safe to say we have some pretty different approaches when it comes to parenting. My husband is from a rules-based background where you know what the rules are ... I come from a laissez-faire, lead-by-example background where there was so much else going on for my single mother that rules didn't really enter the equation. Read full article

Podcast How to Raise a Resilient Child with Michael Grose Parenting Educator

<a href="/audio/podcast-how-to-raise-a-resilient-child-with-michael-grose-parenting-educator">Podcast How to Raise a Resilient Child with Michael Grose Parenting Educator</a>

Michael Grose is an Australian parenting educator and author. In this one hour recording, he speaks with Yvette Vignando about how to raise a resilient child; how to build your own resilience as a parent; the main ingredients of a resilient family; how to develop resourcefulness, independence and persistence in your children and how to help your children cope with change, failure or conflict. Read full article

My Judgemental Mind - Two Dads in the Supermarket

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/06/my-judgemental-mind-two-dads-in-the-supermarket">My Judgemental Mind - Two Dads in the Supermarket</a>

Last night I went shopping for groceries at 7.30 p.m. Not my favourite way to spend a Friday night. I felt a little guilty because that meant my husband had to cook the dinner for everyone at 7 pm when he got home and I knew Mr 8 would be starving too. On the other hand - why should I feel guilty? I had worked all day and driven children to activities and was now shopping for a dinner party on Saturday night - guilt trip over... But then I saw a dad - I'll call him Mr Cool. Read full article

Podcast The Influencing Parent with Robin Grille Part 2

<a href="/audio/podcast-the-influencing-parent-with-robin-grille-part-2">Podcast The Influencing Parent with Robin Grille Part 2</a>

Recording of webinar with Robin Grille on 29 October 2010 - The Influencing Parent - part 1. Robin Grille talks about a different approach to getting children to behave well, and not just 'do as they are told'. He talks about why punishment of children does not work but natural consequences do.In this podcast Robin Grille also discusses the value of intrinsic rewards and the transient effect of systems such as start charts. Questions and comments from audience and Yvette Vignando, publisher of happychild. Read full article

Podcast The Influencing Parent with Robin Grille Part 1

<a href="/audio/podcast-the-influencing-parent-with-robin-grille-part-1">Podcast The Influencing Parent with Robin Grille Part 1</a>

Recording of webinar with Robin Grille on 22 October 2010 - The Influencing Parent - part 1. Robin Grille talks about the power of empathy, the foundation of good behaviour and creating an emotionally safe environment for children. Questions and comments from audience and Yvette Vignando, publisher of happychild. Read full article