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Interview with Megan Mitchell – Australia's National Children's Commissioner

<a href="/articles/interview-with-megan-mitchell-%E2%80%93-australias-national-childrens-commissioner">Interview with Megan Mitchell – Australia&#039;s National Children&#039;s Commissioner</a>

This week, happychild had the privilege of speaking with Megan Mitchell, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner. We were interested to understand more about her role and what she has to say about the state of children’s rights in Australia after her first eight months on the job. Read full article

Smacking Young Children Linked to Poor Behaviour

<a href="/articles/smacking-young-children-linked-to-poor-behaviour">Smacking Young Children Linked to Poor Behaviour</a>

The newly released study, Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life published by the American Academy of Paediatrics, found that smacking children up to the age of 5 predicted negative outcomes for children by age 9. In particular, those negative outcomes are more "externalising behaviour" (this means outward expressions of problematic behaviour like aggression) and less "receptive vocabulary" ( this means the words that can be understood by a child but not necessarily expressed in speech or writing) . Read full article

Working Mothers or Working Parents - Language is Powerful

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/03/19/working-mothers-or-working-parents-language-is-powerful">Working Mothers or Working Parents -  Language is Powerful</a>

A UK personality and businessperson - Hilary Devey - is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “I can’t get any women on my board because women generally put their partner and children first.’ and "There are lots of myths about why women are under-represented in the boardroom, but the excuse about a 'glass ceiling' is the worst. I am living proof there’s no such thing.” In my opinion, both of those latter statements are utter nonsense... Read full article

How to Silence the Parent's Inner Critic

<a href="/blogs/2012/11/05/how-to-silence-the-parents-inner-critic">How to Silence the Parent&#039;s Inner Critic</a>

Is your inner critic getting you down? You know: that little voice in the back of your head constantly telling you what a lousy parent you are. Every parent has one. It’s a stream of thoughts making up an endless real-time commentary on what you are thinking and doing, continuously pointing out and cataloging you deficiencies and weaknesses...So what do you do if your inner critic is getting out of hand? Read full article

Is Your Dad this Cool? Sending a Toy Train into Space

<a href="/blogs/2012/09/24/is-your-dad-this-cool-sending-a-toy-train-into-space">Is Your Dad this Cool? Sending a Toy Train into Space</a>

On Aug 24th 2012 Ron Fugelseth, Creative Director at Oxygen Productions Inc sent his son's favourite train 'Stanley' to space in a weather balloon with a HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS. He was recovered 27 miles away in a corn field and they filmed some great footage of the trip. This video documents the journey from liftoff to landing. Spotted by Carol Duncan - the video, not the train. Read full article

Study Finds Children are Learning Persistence from Fathers

<a href="/articles/study-finds-children-are-learning-persistence-from-fathers">Study Finds Children are Learning Persistence from Fathers</a>

Can your children stick with a task? Can they finish a project? Can they set a goal and complete it? Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, asked parents about their children’s persistence and found that fathers who use an authoritative parenting style are more likely to raise teenagers with a motivated and persistent approach to achieving their goals. Read full article

Dads Get the Good Gigs at School

<a href="/blogs/2012/09/06/dads-get-the-good-gigs-at-school">Dads Get the Good Gigs at School</a>

So I’m strolling into the school yesterday as all the buses are arriving back from the MCG Sports Museum tour. I had volunteered to go, as I do with most excursions (except those involving animals, yawn) but didn’t give it a second thought when I hadn’t heard back from the school. Off go the kids and, from what I can see, a few dads and one mum helper. Unspiritually, this is what I thought: “Geezus, I volunteer to do canteen duty, classroom help, Father’s Day stall, athletics carnivals and when something actually right up my alley appears a DAD gets chosen to go???” Read full article

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

How My Husband Raised a Good Man

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/06/19/how-my-husband-raised-a-good-man">How My Husband Raised a Good Man</a>

I’m just about to reveal myself as an appalling hypocrite. I think I can justify myself, however. You may recall that in my last outing for happychild I expressed my discomfiture at the idea of parents monitoring their kids’ Facebook accounts. (Not everyone agreed with me I have to add.) Yet only the other day I found myself reading my eldest son’s private correspondence without his knowledge. Read full article

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

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/06/06/i-dont-have-a-favourite-child-if-i-did-i-wouldnt-tell-you">I Don&#039;t Have a Favourite Child - If I Did, I Wouldn&#039;t Tell You</a>

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 ... Read full article