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He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.

<a href="/blogs/2013/10/10/he-stands-up-for-girls%E2%80%99-education-he%E2%80%99s-been-to-the-un-he%E2%80%99s-13">He Stands Up for Girls’ Education. He’s Been to the UN. He’s 13.</a>

October 11 is International Day of the Girl Child, declared by the United Nations as a day to recognize the challenges and power of girls. Josh Lorschy is a 13-year-old Australian boy living in Sydney. Josh was selected to be at the United Nations in New York when Malala Yousafzai delivered her petition and speech to the UN on the critical importance of educating girls. On International Day of the Girl Child, Josh shares his journey with happychild. Read full article

Looking at Teenage Girls Through New Lenses

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/11/looking-at-teenage-girls-through-new-lenses">Looking at Teenage Girls Through New Lenses</a>

As we stand up for International Day of the Girl Child, October 11, I have decided it’s time to celebrate that often dreaded period of a girl's development: her teen years. I want to inject a new word into that conversation around parenting girls. Read full article

What My Mother Whispered In My Ear

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/11/what-my-mother-whispered-in-my-ear">What My Mother Whispered In My Ear</a>

This is a conversation my mother and I had last week. What started as a conversation about the current economic climate in Greece, soon turned into reflection for my mother who was born in rural Greece in 1935. As a small child she would walk to primary school with her older brother. Read full article

Two Fourteen Year Old Girls - One is Married

<a href="/blogs/2012/10/10/two-fourteen-year-old-girls-one-is-married">Two Fourteen Year Old Girls - One is Married</a>

I travelled to India in 2010 with other volunteers working with global not-for-profit, Room to Read, in order to find out more about their programs on the ground. Room to Read helps students in Asia and Africa learn to read and write, and helps girls finish school. I don’t think I was prepared for the impact of meeting a young girl from a small village in the middle of the Rajasthan desert. Read full article

Why Girls' Education is Highest Returning Social Investment

<a href="/articles/why-girls-education-is-highest-returning-social-investment">Why Girls&#039; Education is Highest Returning Social Investment</a>

Kaisone is eighteen and lives in Salavan Province in southern Laos, a country where more than three-quarters of the population still survives on less than $2 per day. Just a few months before her sixth birthday, her mother passed away: "It was such a futile death . . . . on the long drive to the hospital after giving birth to my younger sister. I vowed then that I would study hard to become a doctor, so that the people in my village would not have to die because of poor access to medical aid." Read full article

Therese Rein's Inspiring Letter to her Granddaughter Josephine

<a href="/articles/therese-reins-inspiring-letter-to-her-granddaughter-josephine">Therese Rein&#039;s Inspiring Letter to her Granddaughter Josephine</a>

On 22 June 2012 Therese Rein presented at the Young Minds conference and shared some personal stories of resilience - I sat and listened with the entranced audience. Towards the end of the presentation, Ms Rein spoke of her wishes for Josephine, her recently born granddaughter. I was so moved by this that I rushed out like a groupie and asked Ms Rein if she would share these words with me to publish on happychild; graciously she said yes, and consented to a photo with me. The photo is just to prove how keen I was! So here are the words for you also. Let me know if you love them as much as I do? "Letter to Josephine" Read full article

Raising Boys vs Raising Girls

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/21/raising-boys-vs-raising-girls">Raising Boys vs Raising Girls</a>

The segment on Mornings on Channel 9 raised the question - do we parent boys differently to the way we parent girls? Are there fundamental differences in boys and girls which mean it is easier to parent boys or girls? Do we need to be careful not to be influenced by our children's gender when we're communicating with them? Read full article

Beauty Pageant Mom Gives Daughter " Pageant Crack "

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/09/beauty-pageant-mom-gives-daughter-pageant-crack">Beauty Pageant Mom Gives Daughter &quot; Pageant Crack &quot;</a>

You might think the outrage about the Toddlers and Tiaras - type shows has been done to death - but here's something else to think about. A U.S. mother says she gives her young daughter a boost of what's apparently known as ' pageant crack ' to give her the energy needed for the long days of beauty pageants - her daughter says the mixture makes her "hyper". I said the word "concerning" about a million times in this clip - but I really am concerned. Read full article

Growing Great Girls

<a href="/parenting-resources/girls/growing-great-girls">Growing Great Girls</a>

Growing Great Girls is the must-have parenting book for those with daughters. It contains a wealth of excellent, practical advice on bringing up girls from babies, preschoolers, tweens and right through to teenagers. Read full article

Of Course, You'll Want the Pink Party Bag, Won't You?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/06/27/of-course-youll-want-the-pink-party-bag-wont-you">Of Course, You&#039;ll Want the Pink Party Bag, Won&#039;t You?</a>

Not so long ago, I wrote about my six-year-old daughter’s ambition to be a builder. Cunning inventions made from sunglasses and old CDs attached with straw flow from her fingers, and nothing makes her happier than a new box of Lego. She is also uncannily gifted at Monopoly, so I look forward to enjoying old age supported by my wealthy and astute property developer of a daughter. She is not a keen clothes shopper (‘no’ is her assessment of most garments), but given the choice she would prefer to pick a Ben 10 t-shirt from the boys’ side of the store than a pink fairy dress from the girls’ aisle. Read full article