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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 Parents With Anxiety Can Help Their Children

<a href="/articles/how-parents-with-anxiety-can-help-their-children">How Parents With Anxiety Can Help Their Children</a>

“For parents who experience excessive worry and anxiety, their worry can often extend to worrying about their children or worrying about what other people think of their parenting or their child,” says Associate Professor Jennifer Hudson, from the Centre for Emotional Health and Department of Psychology Macquarie University. And because anxious parents often have anxious children, if you’re a parent and have been diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder, it’s a good idea to ask your therapist and doctor about your child’s risk of developing anxiety...reassurance comes from evidence that if parents are aware of their anxiety- related behaviours and participate in family therapy sessions, the potential for their children to develop anxiety may be reduced. 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

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

Should I Worry About My Child's Tantrums?

<a href="/articles/should-i-worry-about-my-childs-tantrums">Should I Worry About My Child&#039;s Tantrums?</a>

Toddlers’ tantrums are exhausting for parents. Unsure of whether to ignore a tantrum, when to step in and calm a child, and dealing with judgemental stares from onlookers, parents with tantrum-prone toddlers often despair at the challenges they face. It is normal for young children to get very upset when they are frustrated, angry and disappointed and it is also very difficult for toddlers to calm down once they get very worked up. Northwestern University’s School of Medicine is developing a new assessment tool for paediatricians and parents called the Multidimensional Assessment of Preschool Disruptive Behavior (MAP-DB). The MAP-DB is intended to help parents find out if their child’s tantrums could be an indicator of other problems. Read full article

Fire Alarms are Scary - a Child's Perspective

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/08/27/fire-alarms-are-scary-a-childs-perspective">Fire Alarms are Scary - a Child&#039;s Perspective</a>

Last week, the fire alarm went off in our apartment building. It was incredibly loud and didn't let up. The kids were getting ready to have their bath when it happened. My husband and I looked at each other and took a few moments to register what was happening...Mr 6 has been growing up so quickly lately, asking increasingly mature questions and showing great resilience. So it surprised me when he became panicked ... 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

Why Stay at Home Mums Might be More Depressed - New Poll

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/05/23/why-stay-at-home-mums-might-be-more-depressed-new-poll">Why Stay at Home Mums Might be More Depressed - New Poll</a>

A Gallup poll in the United States of over 60,000 women found that mothers who stay at home with their kids, when compared with working mums, experience - more worry: 41% compared to 34%; and - more depression: 28% compared to 17%, as well as slightly more anger, stress and sadness.Today, I discussed this in more detail on Channel 9 show, Mornings. View the short video here and join the discussion: What do you think about these figures? Do you think as a society we need to get better at valuing parents who stay at home? Read full article

Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children

<a href="/articles/anniversaries-of-natural-disasters-anxiety-risks-for-children">Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children</a>

With anniversaries of the devastating 2011 summer of disasters returning tragic images to our screens, parents should consider the impact on children of repetition of these traumatic events. Australian Council on Children and the Media Vice President and child psychologist Dr C Glenn Cupit, says “parents would be wise to avoid exposing children to replays of footage of disasters.” Although children may not have physically experienced the traumatic event, exposure to disaster-related media “can leave children with lasting memories, the recall of which can create anxiety and stress.” Read full article

Short Lesson in Positive Psychology for my Son Delivered via Telephone

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/12/23/short-lesson-in-positive-psychology-for-my-son-delivered-via-telep">Short Lesson in Positive Psychology for my Son Delivered via Telephone</a>

Last night my oldest child had a crisis of confidence. In fact, the crisis began at pick-up and continued well into the evening. The source of his misery was an English paper that he just could not wrap his head around. A paper that was due the next day, the last day of the school term, the day we were flying home and the last thing any of us wanted to focus on was homework. Read full article