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Take the 'Two Things' Parenting Challenge

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/02/29/take-the-two-things-parenting-challenge">Take the &#039;Two Things&#039; Parenting Challenge</a>

Glen Whitman, an economist, is a fan of The Two Things Game. Have you played it? The idea is, that for any given subject, there are two key things you need to know. For example, when asked for a Two Things rule for economics, Whitman replied, “Okay, here are the Two Things about economics. One: Incentives matter. Two: There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”... What is your Two Things rule for raising children? Read full article

Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/15/laptop-shooting-shaming-naming-and-parenting">Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting</a>

...And this week a laptop shooting dad decided to use YouTube and Facebook to punish and humiliate his ungrateful 15 year old daughter for her disrespectful comments about him and his wife, and about all the chores she was expected to do ... I want to briefly comment on two things: Humiliation or shaming of children .... and mainstream and influential media commentators' comments ... Read full article

Nothing is All Bad - and other Lessons from a Veteran School Mum

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/12/13/nothing-is-all-bad-and-other-lessons-from-a-veteran-school-mum">Nothing is All Bad - and other Lessons from a Veteran School Mum</a>

I am writing this post a day before my eldest son’s Higher School Certificate results are released. I’m still living in blissful ignorance but we’re expecting results in the disappointing to disastrous range. That’s okay. Yes really okay. My son and I sat down the other day and worked out a contingency plan in case we’re faced with the disaster scenario. He, however, is dreading telling others his results, and now wishes he’d worked harder. That’s a lesson he had to learn. What have I learned this year? Here are a few random thoughts. Read full article

Children Saying Sorry - It's a Life Skill

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/11/21/children-saying-sorry-its-a-life-skill">Children Saying Sorry - It&#039;s a Life Skill</a>

According to Ali Macgraw’s character in the the 80s cult movie Love Story, ”love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Perhaps that’s because, according to Elton John, “sorry seems to be the hardest word”. I agree with the latter but not the former. While it can be hard to say, in our family, love means being willing to admit when you’re wrong. I apologise to our children ... Read full article

Parenting Headlines that are Simply Wrong - Want Better Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/16/parenting-headlines-that-are-simply-wrong-want-better-children">Parenting Headlines that are Simply Wrong - Want Better Children?</a>

It was only last night that I was talking to a trusted friend about the inaccuracy and sensationalism in online and offline publications - especially their headlines. As a publisher myself I confess I do find the whole headline 'thing' a challenge. I can laugh at the silly and sensational and even salacious sometimes, even though I hope I will never 'go there' myself. But using headlines that misinform people about research simply for the eye-catching impact - please stop it. Take this one from today as an example: "Revealed - Marriage Breeds Better Children" ... Read full article

Raising Barry - an Unconventional Parent Raises a President

<a href="/blogs/arunabey/2011/11/15/raising-barry-an-unconventional-parent-raises-a-president">Raising Barry - an Unconventional Parent Raises a President</a>

Ann Dunham (Soetoro) Sutoro’s life is changing the course of history, yet most people have never heard of this remarkable woman. When I first met Ann in Jakarta in March 1981, I had no idea how great an impact she would have on world history and politics ... We had an immediate rapport. Ann saw me as a young person who shared her idealism and passion for solving the problems of poverty in Indonesia. Perhaps I reminded her of her son Barry, born in Hawaii in 1961, a few years younger than me, and then studying and working in the United States. Read full article

Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child's Happiness? Research.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/10/is-pocket-money-and-cable-television-a-key-to-your-childs-happiness-">Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child&#039;s Happiness? Research.</a>

It will sound like a pun but I just don't "buy" this - well not all of it. I love to read research about children's wellbeing and think about its practical application. So headlines about this new UK research caught my eye. For example this one: "Must-have possessions that make a child happy: Why the best things in life aren't always free" ... Researchers for the Children's Society in the UK* surveyed 5500 children about their levels of happiness (also called 'subjective wellbeing') and their access to material goods ... Read full article

Do We Have a Blinkered View of Our Children?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/11/01/do-we-have-a-blinkered-view-of-our-children">Do We Have a Blinkered View of Our Children?</a>

Sometimes I think all children have double identities. There’s the ‘at home’ child, the one the parents know and love, and there’s the ‘out in the world’ child, the one that the rest of us see. Here’s what I mean ... Read full article

The Father Effect - Positive Effects of Involved Dads

<a href="/articles/the-father-effect-positive-effects-of-involved-dads">The Father Effect - Positive Effects of Involved Dads</a>

While the shift towards shared parenting is real, a recent study found “seventy-five percent of men worry that their jobs prevent them from having the time to be the kind of dads they want to be.” And when asked what single change would make the greatest difference in their ability to juggle work and family life, fathers named workplace flexibility as their top demand. The research shows that fathers are right to want to spend more time with their children. Read full article

Are Parents to Blame for Helicopter Parenting?

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/10/17/are-parents-to-blame-for-helicopter-parenting">Are Parents to Blame for Helicopter Parenting?</a>

According to current popular discourse, modern day parents fall into one of two distinct categories: relaxed free-ranger or over involved and controlling helicopter. And while much fun can be had satirising the extremes of either parenting style, missing from the discussion has been a deeper analysis of the larger context in which everyday parenting decisions are made ... When I examine my own parenting I find myself veering wildly between the two extremes, the parenting equivalent of the hybrid car. Read full article