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I Don't Have a Favourite Child - If I Did, I Wouldn't Tell You

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/06/06/i-dont-have-a-favourite-child-if-i-did-i-wouldnt-tell-you">I Don&#039;t Have a Favourite Child - If I Did, I Wouldn&#039;t Tell You</a>

The old chestnut - having a favourite child - was up for discussion today on Mornings on Channel 9. Journalist Paul Chai read Jeffrey Kluger's book The Sibling Bond and wrote an article admitting that while he loves both his kids, he finds one easier to relate to and easier to bond with. I had a chat about this with Paul and Mornings hosts David Campbell and Sonia Kluger. Depending on what you read, 100 %, 95%, 70%, 65% or 23% of parents admit to having a favourite child ... 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

I Thought I Was Prepared for Parenting

<a href="/blogs/2012/05/25/i-thought-i-was-prepared-for-parenting">I Thought I Was Prepared for Parenting</a>

No matter how much you try to prepare for motherhood, you really won’t know how you feel about it until you experience it. No matter how many books you read, you will never find that elusive recipe for how to look after your brand new baby, let alone a toddler, pre-schooler or teenager. I thought I was prepared. I had read the books and spent a great deal of my childhood and adolescence in the company of babies and young children. The reality was nothing like the books. 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

Video on Racism in Young Children - Implicit Bias

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/04/12/video-on-racism-in-young-children-implicit-bias">Video on Racism in Young Children - Implicit Bias</a>

Watch this ten minute video for an eye-opening insight into what is called "implicit" racial bias in children - filmed in the United States, it indicated that 70% of the 'white' children automatically took a negative and racially biased point of view of typical playground situations, and more than 30% of 'black' or 'coloured' children did the same. Is this the same in Australia and New Zealand and are parents to blame for this? Read full article

The Parent's Toolkit

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-parents-toolkit">The Parent&#039;s Toolkit</a>

A book containing simple tools to help your child be happier, confident and more resilient. Written by Naomi Richards, a life coach for children in the UK, sharing tools to help you parent your child through the ten most challenging issues all children face. Includes topics such as confidence, cooperation, school, communication, friendships and handling emotions. 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

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