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Why BFFs - Best Friends 'Forever' - are Good for Children

<a href="/articles/why-bffs-best-friends-forever-are-good-for-children">Why BFFs - Best Friends &#039;Forever&#039; - are Good for Children</a>

Anyone helped through hard times by a close friend knows how much that support meant to them, but do close childhood friendships play an important role in long-term emotional development? Dr William Bukowski, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Canada, has researched how experiences with close peers affect a child’s social competence and wellbeing. His research indicates that friendships have a protective impact on our children’s emotional wellbeing by affecting how a child’s brain deals with stress immediately after a negative event. Read full article

Do You Know Your Neighbour's Name?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/04/17/do-you-know-your-neighbours-name">Do You Know Your Neighbour&#039;s Name?</a>

Scanning the news this morning I came across a very sad article about a 36 year old single mum who suddenly died during an epileptic seizure in Wagga Wagga, leaving her two year old daughter alone in the house. Miraculously, the two year old survived for about five days until a church pastor decided to check on the small family and found the daughter near to death herself. ...Sometimes life throws you a clue to make a change. Read full article

Finding Friends Can Sometimes Mean Losing Friends

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2012/03/07/finding-friends-can-sometimes-mean-losing-friends">Finding Friends Can Sometimes Mean Losing Friends</a>

Are there any kids at your school that you’re glad your own children aren’t friends with? Do you keep an eagle-eye on the friends your child does make and, well, judge the friend just a little bit? Carol Duncan reminds her boys how to make, keep, and sometimes let go of, friends. Read full article

Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/19/wednesday-19-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Wednesday 19 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Bullying and Facebook ~ Surrogacy, Nicole Kidman ~ Friendship and Genetics ~ Obsessive Parenting ~ Queensland Schools After Floods ~ Attachment, Early Relationships & Happiness ~ Citizenship Education ~ Mathematics Education ~ Teenage Bullying and Suicide Read full article

Getting On With Others How to Teach Your Child Essential Social Skills

<a href="/parenting-resources/making-friends/getting-on-with-others-how-to-teach-your-child-essential-social-s">Getting On With Others How to Teach Your Child Essential Social Skills</a>

Book: Getting On With Others by John Cooper.Cooperative children do better at school and in life. They learn how to make friends, manage their emotions and solve problems with others. A book that shows parents how to teach their children social skills, problem solving and co-operative behaviour and how to help children learn about feelings and handle conflict. Read full article

How to Help Your Child Make Friends

<a href="/articles/how-to-help-your-child-make-friends">How to Help Your Child Make Friends</a>

Most parents worry about whether their child has enough friends or the right friends at school. Margie Sheedy writes about the important skill of making friends and shares some tips from Dr John Irvine. Read full article