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Why BFFs - Best Friends 'Forever' - are Good for Children

<a href="/articles/why-bffs-best-friends-forever-are-good-for-children">Why BFFs - Best Friends &#039;Forever&#039; - are Good for Children</a>

Anyone helped through hard times by a close friend knows how much that support meant to them, but do close childhood friendships play an important role in long-term emotional development? Dr William Bukowski, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Canada, has researched how experiences with close peers affect a child’s social competence and wellbeing. His research indicates that friendships have a protective impact on our children’s emotional wellbeing by affecting how a child’s brain deals with stress immediately after a negative event. Read full article

National Children's Commissioner - A Champion for our Children

<a href="/articles/national-childrens-commissioner-a-champion-for-our-children">National Children&#039;s Commissioner - A Champion for our Children</a>

Opinion: Many would agree that Australia is, in so many ways, a great place to be a child. Many children have positive experiences and opportunities. Why then, does Australia need a National Children's Commissioner? Why should we welcome the announcement of the establishment of a commissioner as a major step forward in ensuring the best interests, needs and rights of all Australian children? Read full article

My Boy Henry Hotdog and an Irrational, Perfect Love

<a href="/blogs/kirsty-rice/2012/04/26/my-boy-henry-hotdog-and-an-irrational-perfect-love">My Boy Henry Hotdog and an Irrational, Perfect Love</a>

Yesterday when I picked up the little travelers from school, Henry Hotdog's kindergarten teacher had something to tell me. "You have to tell your Mummy about the poem you wrote today Henry - can you tell her?" The hotdog considered the proposal for a moment and then proceeded to pull my head down towards his. In my ear he whispered ... 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

Best Start

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-management-and-self-control/best-start">Best Start</a>

Best Start by Lynn Jenkins, clinical psychologist, is for parents who want to understand their baby's or toddler's emotional needs. This book explains the importance of the quality of your baby's early experiences and interactions and how these influence how your child develops. 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

A School Based on Kindness

In this four minute video, watch what happens everyday in a school in Seattle dubbed The Kindness School. Students start each day talking about something they appreciate. Kindness activities and community interactions are everyday business. Academic classes are not essential. Can traditional schools learn anything from this approach? 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