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My Son Doesn't Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/11/27/my-son-doesnt-want-surprise-gifts-this-christmas">My Son Doesn&#039;t Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas</a>

This year, there will be no surprises at Christmas time for my six year old son. No, he hasn’t been a ‘naughty boy’ and therefore undeserving of Santa’s generosity. The reason my son will have no surprises is that he will choose all of his presents and be with us when we buy them, in November. They will then be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. Read full article

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

Warm Parenting Helps 'Callous or Unemotional' Children

In this video from Mornings at Channel 9, Yvette Vignando on the parenting panel with Dannielle Miller and Tracey Spicer talking about research lead by Dr David Hawes from the University of Sydney about the kind of warm and positive parenting that can help children with what is known as "callous and unemotional" (CU) traits. Also discussed: parents who are in a dispute over their child and a father has been ordered to stop weighing his daughter as it affects her self esteem. 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

Playing Favourites - 1 in 6 Parents Say They Love One Child More

On 23 March 2011 Yvette Vignando appeared on The Morning Show and discussed a blogger's revelation that she loves one child a bit more. 1 in 6 parents admit to this feeling. 69% of people say they feel that there is a favourite child in their family. Read full article

Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/happy-children-secrets-of-how-they-think">Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think</a>

Interviews with children about how they view their lives and the world around them. Elizabeth Gould, conducted wide-ranging interviews and now tells the children's stories and reveals four distinct patterns of how these happy children think. Even though these happy children face all the usual ups and downs of childhood, including bullying and family issues, they have found a way to be happy and stay happy. Read full article

Does Birth Order Affect Your Child’s Personality and Your Parenting?

<a href="/articles/does-birth-order-affect-your-child%E2%80%99s-personality-and-your-parenting">Does Birth Order Affect Your Child’s Personality and Your Parenting?</a>

Have you ever wondered why your first child is a bossy perfectionist and your second child is more relaxed and less pedantic? As parents we are often puzzled how two children from the same set of parents can be so different. Could it possibly have something to do with birth order? Birth Order theories have been around since the 1920’s. Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, was the first to emphasise the importance of birth order and how it affects our lives. Read full article

Children of Celebrities - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/01/children-of-celebrities-will-smith-and-jada-pinkett-smith">Children of Celebrities - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith</a>

In the past few days there has been interest in a story about author Terry McMillan's comments (on Twitter) regarding the parenting decisions made by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Two of their three children are building a career in the entertainment industry and appear to be making a success of it. Sure, their parents' wealth and connections would be playing a large part in the opportunities presented to them, but are Jada and Willow Smith being harmed by their early career development? Read full article

Child Sense

<a href="/parenting-resources/temperament/child-sense">Child Sense</a>

Book: Child Sense, How to Speak Your Baby's Language by Priscilla Dunstan. Would you like to 'speak' to your baby? Are you worried about abnormal bad behaviour? Or surprised by how different your toddler's temperament is to your own? Most of the everyday conflicts that plague families stem simply from a communication gap between parent and child. Priscilla Dunstan reveals how best to interpret your child's behaviour and maximise their potential for success and happiness in life. Read full article