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I Thought I Was Prepared for Parenting

<a href="/blogs/2012/05/25/i-thought-i-was-prepared-for-parenting">I Thought I Was Prepared for Parenting</a>

No matter how much you try to prepare for motherhood, you really won’t know how you feel about it until you experience it. No matter how many books you read, you will never find that elusive recipe for how to look after your brand new baby, let alone a toddler, pre-schooler or teenager. I thought I was prepared. I had read the books and spent a great deal of my childhood and adolescence in the company of babies and young children. The reality was nothing like the books. Read full article

Who are Your Children's Everyday Heroes?

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/04/25/who-are-your-childrens-everyday-heroes">Who are Your Children&#039;s Everyday Heroes?</a>

This week we will commemorate Anzac Day and remember those thousands of young soldiers whose bravery defined a nation. Young boys who left their shores, many never to return, forever remembered as heroes. I asked my children (9 and 7 years) about their heroes. I cringed at the anticipation of hearing names more notorious than heroic, more infamous than illustrious, more TV show than book cover. Pleasantly, I heard back – “Mum and Dad,” “my family,” “my teacher “, “zoo keeper,” and “J.K. Rowling”. Not a mention of One Direction! Happy with that! Read full article

I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2012/04/24/i-stopped-and-really-saw-my-daughter-moments-of-mindfulness">I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness</a>

There are some moments with my kids that are so precious I just want the moment to be permanently recorded forever and stored somewhere safe. I want this so I can re-live the moment and tap into the wonderful feelings that swam over me at the time. For five minutes today I had one of these moments. I was simply sitting on the floor brushing my five year old daughter’s hair while we both listened to Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack (of all things!). And I haven’t felt so peaceful and content in a very long time. 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

Video on Racism in Young Children - Implicit Bias

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/04/12/video-on-racism-in-young-children-implicit-bias">Video on Racism in Young Children - Implicit Bias</a>

Watch this ten minute video for an eye-opening insight into what is called "implicit" racial bias in children - filmed in the United States, it indicated that 70% of the 'white' children automatically took a negative and racially biased point of view of typical playground situations, and more than 30% of 'black' or 'coloured' children did the same. Is this the same in Australia and New Zealand and are parents to blame for this? Read full article

The Parent's Toolkit

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-parents-toolkit">The Parent&#039;s Toolkit</a>

A book containing simple tools to help your child be happier, confident and more resilient. Written by Naomi Richards, a life coach for children in the UK, sharing tools to help you parent your child through the ten most challenging issues all children face. Includes topics such as confidence, cooperation, school, communication, friendships and handling emotions. Read full article

Banning the Mummy Mafia and their Squealing Children

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/26/banning-the-mummy-mafia-and-their-squealing-children">Banning the Mummy Mafia and their Squealing Children</a>

In an article in the Sydney Morning Herald called Leave Home Without Them, Fenella Souter enters the debate on whether restaurant and café owners should be allowed to ban children from their premises. But rather than discussing the pros and cons of this emotive area, Souter employs a sarcastic and superior tone to ascribe feelings of “parental entitlement” to mothers during their so-called “mandatory public sharing” of the “difficult years of child-rearing.” The author smirks at mums who dare to enter cafes with their young children; these mothers are part of the “mummy mafia” and are living a “sophisticated” (insert sarcasm font) and “consumerist” way of life. 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

How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child's Brain

<a href="/articles/how-supportive-parenting-impacts-your-childs-brain">How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child&#039;s Brain</a>

The importance of parental love and warmth to children’s emotional wellbeing is widely accepted. It makes sense that a loving childhood may protect children from developing mental illnesses later in life. A recent study by experts at Washington University illustrates why good parenting skills and parent wellbeing is so important that it can even affect the size of an important part of our brain – the hippocampus. Read full article

Parenting Trap. Does Your Child's Past Behaviour Predict Future Behaviour?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/13/parenting-trap-does-your-childs-past-behaviour-predict-future-behavi">Parenting Trap. Does Your Child&#039;s Past Behaviour Predict Future Behaviour?</a>

You may have heard of the phrase “past behaviour predicts future behaviour” - it’s often referred to in the context of job interviews, or in guessing how customers are likely to behave in response to a marketing idea. But do we use this assumption too much when we are parenting or teaching our children? What do you think? I have no basis for asking this question other than my own experience as a parent – and I think I have made this mistake many times. You know … you assume your son or daughter or your student will like or not like something, or will behave or react in a certain way … because that’s how they reacted last time? Read full article