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Is Your Child a Picky Eater?

<a href="/articles/is-your-child-a-picky-eater">Is Your Child a Picky Eater?</a>

Having a child who is a picky eater or fussy eater has been identified by families as a major barrier to having regular shared family mealtimes. Parents serve as important role models in helping children develop healthy eating habits. This is especially important as food preferences are formed early and remain stable throughout childhood. This article contains great tips and comes from the Family Resiliency Center, University of Illinois. 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

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

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

Early Intervention Funding for Children with Autism

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/21/early-intervention-funding-for-children-with-autism">Early Intervention Funding for Children with Autism</a>

This segment on Mornings on Channel 9 discusses the benefits of accessing early intervention for children with autism. The recommended minimum number of hours for early intervention is 20 per week but Australian government funding does not cover these significant costs. What can families do? Read full article

How to Reduce Behaviour Problems in Young Children - New Research

<a href="/articles/how-to-reduce-behaviour-problems-in-young-children-new-research">How to Reduce Behaviour Problems in Young Children - New Research</a>

A University of Minnesota study published in Child Development suggests that the origins of behaviour problems in children may include negative parenting styles in early childhood. Headed by Dr Michael Lorber, now at New York University, the study found that ‘negative parenting’ in early infancy – expressing negative emotions, rough handling etc – predicted behaviour problems in children at a later age ... Dr Lorber was asked about any ideas he could share for parents about ‘negative’ versus ‘positive parenting in early childhood ... Read full article

Would You Love Bomb Your Child?

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/08/09/would-you-love-bomb-your-child">Would You Love Bomb Your Child?</a>

Oliver James is a UK-based clinical child psychologist who has recently written about a technique he calls ‘love bombing’ to help children overcome fears and anxieties that may be causing behavioural problems ... James says that this technique can solve many common behavioural problems in children, giving them a feeling of security so that many of the fears and anxieties causing their behaviour can be allayed. Read full article

My Child is Hitting, Biting, Pushing - Helping Children with Aggression

<a href="/articles/my-child-is-hitting-biting-pushing-helping-children-with-aggression">My Child is Hitting, Biting, Pushing - Helping Children with Aggression</a>

Has your child ever lashed out and hurt someone? Has another aggressive child ever bothered him? If your answer is yes, join the crowd! Almost all of us struggle with understanding and helping our children when they hurt others, and when they are hurt by other children. It's a shock to us the first time our sweet sons and daughters suddenly bite someone, or throw something at the new baby in the family. Here are some guiding principles for understanding and relieving children's aggression, so they can relax and enjoy their friends and siblings. Read full article

The Big Book of Parenting Solutions

<a href="/parenting-resources/difficult-children/the-big-book-of-parenting-solutions">The Big Book of Parenting Solutions</a>

Book: The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. Today Show's Michele Borba offers cures for difficult childhood behaviours. In this down-to-earth guide, parenting expert Michele Borba offers advice for dealing with children's difficult behaviour and hot button issues including biting, temper tantrums, cheating, bad friends, inappropriate clothing, sex, drugs, peer pressure, and much more. Read full article

Toddlers and Tantrums Webinar Podcast with Robin Grille

<a href="/audio/toddlers-and-tantrums-webinar-podcast-with-robin-grille">Toddlers and Tantrums Webinar Podcast with Robin Grille</a>

1 hour Podcast of webinar with Australian psychologist Robin Grille. In this webinar Robin Grille is in conversation with Yvette Vignando, publisher of happychild.com.au. Robin discusses: Why Tantrums Happen - Why Parents Find Toddler Tantrums so Difficult - The Importance of Allowing for Anger - Triggers for Toddler Tantrums - Helping Children to Voice their Needs and Feelings Appropriately. Emotional Literacy is also discussed and parents' questions are answered. Read full article