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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

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

How Happy are You Compared with Your Country Average? A Test.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/03/how-happy-are-you-compared-with-your-country-average-a-test">How Happy are You Compared with Your Country Average? A Test.</a>

I had to share this - it's very quick and a bit interesting to compare your results with the rest of your country. A happiness test on Scientific American called "How Happy Are You?" with a table for you to see how your happiness compares with other people in your country and the rest of the world.Positive and negative feelings are measured. I share my results with you too. How did you go and what country are you from? 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

Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/28/children-tell-adults-about-what-makes-them-feel-happy">Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy</a>

“…if I could ask any child what they would like in the world I would definitely ask it. I think it would be interesting to find out what everyone’s ideas are. What they want…” (14-year old girl). When we are asked what we want most for our children, most of us will answer “happiness”. Asking children about what contributes to their feelings of wellbeing reveals some insightful answers to how we can provide that happy life. A study, conducted by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and published in 2007, highlighted the importance of adults using parenting and educational practices that promote children’s emotional and social well-being. 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

10 Mindful Minutes

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/10-mindful-minutes">10 Mindful Minutes</a>

From the bestselling author, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation, a practical guide for parents to help children cope with stress, improve concentration and lead happier lives. Goldie Hawn offers parents a practical guide for helping their children to learn better and live more happily. Based on the MindUP programme, supported by the Hawn Foundation, 10 Mindful Minutes outlines short, practical exercises for parents and children - taking less than 10 minutes - to help young children and teenagers. Read full article

My Daughter Learns the Difference between Happiness and Cake

<a href="/blogs/meganblandford/2011/10/03/my-daughter-learns-the-difference-between-happiness-and-cake">My Daughter Learns the Difference between Happiness and Cake</a>

"Mummy, I’m sad,’" my three-year-old said to me. "What’s making you feel sad?’" I sat down next to her and asked. ‘Ummm,’ she said, and I could see the confusion in her eyes as she tried to find the words to answer. Despite her knowledge of hundreds of words, and her almost constant state of conversation, you realise how limited a child’s speech is in moments like these ... Happiness is the current obsession with my daughter ... Read full article