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Why Do So Many Teenagers Get Into Trouble?

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/11/13/why-do-so-many-teenagers-get-into-trouble">Why Do So Many Teenagers Get Into Trouble?</a>

Whether it be managing the unexpected behaviours of teenagers, a chronic disability, an acute illness, or mental health issues, Benison O'Reilly explores why teenagers get into trouble even with supportive parenting. 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

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

Confidence is Not Everything - Encouraging My Child

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2012/09/17/confidence-is-not-everything-encouraging-my-child">Confidence is Not Everything - Encouraging My Child</a>

My daughter had an audition for a local youth orchestra and, not surprisingly, she was nervous. "You are playing your pieces beautifully," I told her after a particularly trying practice that ended in hot angry tears. No I'm not. I sound terrible." Yes she was looking for reassurance but it was more than that. Read full article

Why Don't Your Children Play Outside?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/09/04/why-dont-your-children-play-outside">Why Don&#039;t Your Children Play Outside?</a>

Do you find it difficult to get your children to go outside and play? Are they reluctant or has your lifestyle simply led to them spending more time indoors anyway? And what do you think is causing this? Last week school principals from public, Catholic and independent schools supported the release of "active" diaries by Nature Play WA suggesting that half an hour of outdoor play every day for primary school-aged children. Read full article

Tuning Into Kids - Parent Education Courses

<a href="/articles/tuning-into-kids-parent-education-courses">Tuning Into Kids - Parent Education Courses</a>

Starts 8 March - online via webinars. Tuning in to Kids is a parent education course that aims to give you helpful ways of teaching your child the skills of emotional intelligence. The program teaches you about how you, as a parent, can help your child develop good emotional skills. Developed by Dr Sophie Havighurst and Anne Harley, auspiced by the University of Melbourne,it is a group parenting program that helps parents teach children to understand and regulate their emotions. 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

Eating Your Placenta and other Parent Practices

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/06/18/eating-your-placenta-and-other-parent-practices">Eating Your Placenta and other Parent Practices</a>

I didn't know what else to call this piece. My aim in this segment was to share some serious information about a few parenting topics that have hit the news due to celebrities talking about their parenting choices. We didn't get to discuss everything because one of my lovely co-hosts Sonia Kruger got the giggles - actually it was probably ambitious in the first place! Watch the short video here for as much information as I could squeeze in between the laughter. Below, just a few short points to consider. 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

Are You a Helicopter Parent? Here is Some Landing Gear.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/05/29/are-you-a-helicopter-parent-here-is-some-landing-gear">Are You a Helicopter Parent? Here is Some Landing Gear.</a>

Are you a helicopter parent? Please don't let this article give you anything else to be anxious about - instead use it to think about whether there are areas of your child's life where he or she could become more independent and more self-reliant. I am sharing brief ideas with you about signs you may be a helicopter parent and four simple tips to pull back a bit and build your child's confidence, self-esteem and independence. Read full article