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9 Sanity Savers for Parenting and Loving Teenagers

<a href="/articles/9-sanity-savers-for-parenting-and-loving-teenagers">9 Sanity Savers for Parenting and Loving Teenagers</a>

Last year your daughter was so sweet, suddenly she has an “attitude.” Two months ago your son was your best bud, now he treats you like you’re totally “uncool.” Welcome to the world of parenting a teenager. Throw out any of those child-rearing manuals you’ve used in the past. To survive this age group and come out sane you need a whole new parenting perspective. Read full article

Different Parenting Styles - Does It Matter?

<a href="/articles/different-parenting-styles-does-it-matter">Different Parenting Styles - Does It Matter?</a>

It’s been one of those interminable days of constant negotiation with your children over the tiniest details, about treats, attention, manners, tv. Then in waltzes your partner, and throws it all to the wind. It’s indulgence time....It’s the source of resentment and countless arguments, and can range from minor squabbles to major breakdowns where relatives will suddenly find themselves out of the children’s lives. But this clash about the right way to parent is all about the “grown ups”. What about the children? How do differing styles, especially between partners and within the family group, affect children? Read full article

I'm Not a Helicopter Parent

<a href="/blogs/lanahirschowitz/2010/06/29/im-not-a-helicopter-parent">I&#039;m Not a Helicopter Parent</a>

I’m not a helicopter mother. No way. I don’t trust those helicopter mothers that hover around their children getting involved in everything that they do, pretending they’re not looking and then suddenly swooping in and fussing about something or other. ...I’m more of an A380 mother. Read full article

Experiences Matter, Not Things

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2010/06/22/experiences-matter-not-things">Experiences Matter, Not Things</a>

A wise man I know often reminds me, "Experiences matter, not things." This is, however, a wise man who has never seen the true devastation that is often wrought in our home by The Ninja aged seven, and his brother The Bird, aged 8. Very smart and funny little boys who provide me with no end of entertainment, love, cuddles, kisses, fights and farts. Not necessarily in that order. The house is a mess, constantly, because we believe in Doing Things and Going Places. Read full article

From Here to Paternity

<a href="/parenting-resources/depression-and-bipolar/from-here-to-paternity">From Here to Paternity</a>

Book: What does it mean to become a father? Reporter and feature writer, Sacha Molitorisz chronicles the first year of paternity including sex during and after pregnancy, post-natal depression in men and jealousy fathers can feel towards their babies. Through extensive research and interviews he also investigates the hush-hush aspects of becoming a dad. The book also provides a revealing history of fatherhood and explores the rites and rituals of fatherhood in other cultures. Read full article

More Secrets of Happy Children

<a href="/parenting-resources/confidence-and-self-esteem/more-secrets-of-happy-children">More Secrets of Happy Children</a>

Book: More Secrets of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph tackles the important concerns of parents today. It is a book about putting love into action, of knowing what you are doing as a parent and why. Read full article

The Happy Family

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-happy-family">The Happy Family</a>

Book: The Happy Family by Ken and Elizabeth Mellor. This book includes ideas on ways to balance work and family life and ways to ensure your current family works well. There is a section on why we need to look at our own childhood experience of families and understanding the patterns that families get into. Also included is how to handle conflicts and work as a parenting team. Read full article

A Handbook for Happy Families

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/a-handbook-for-happy-families">A Handbook for Happy Families</a>

Book: A Handbook for Happy Families by Dr John Irvine. A Practical and Fun-Filled Guide to Managing Children's Behaviour. This book provides ideas for parents on 40 or more common problems with children of all ages. There is an emphasis on having fun in your family and a teenager section. The advice in the book is suitable for all family structures (including single, step and weekend) and for grandparents. Read full article