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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

Parenting Trap. Does Your Child's Past Behaviour Predict Future Behaviour?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/03/13/parenting-trap-does-your-childs-past-behaviour-predict-future-behavi">Parenting Trap. Does Your Child&#039;s Past Behaviour Predict Future Behaviour?</a>

You may have heard of the phrase “past behaviour predicts future behaviour” - it’s often referred to in the context of job interviews, or in guessing how customers are likely to behave in response to a marketing idea. But do we use this assumption too much when we are parenting or teaching our children? What do you think? I have no basis for asking this question other than my own experience as a parent – and I think I have made this mistake many times. You know … you assume your son or daughter or your student will like or not like something, or will behave or react in a certain way … because that’s how they reacted last time? Read full article

Not Crushing the Dreams of My Young Video Game Creator

<a href="/blogs/nikkimoff/2012/03/05/not-crushing-the-dreams-of-my-young-video-game-creator">Not Crushing the Dreams of My Young Video Game Creator</a>

For a couple of months last year my then 8 year old son had an obsession with inventing a new video game. He expected to be able to dictate to me over my shoulder for a few hours on our home computer and ‘voila!’ - we would have a brand new highly-functioning, multi-level, multi-platform video game to distribute to the market at large. Then he wanted to be entered into the Guinness Book of World Records as the youngest child to create a video game. Read full article

Take the 'Two Things' Parenting Challenge

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2012/02/29/take-the-two-things-parenting-challenge">Take the &#039;Two Things&#039; Parenting Challenge</a>

Glen Whitman, an economist, is a fan of The Two Things Game. Have you played it? The idea is, that for any given subject, there are two key things you need to know. For example, when asked for a Two Things rule for economics, Whitman replied, “Okay, here are the Two Things about economics. One: Incentives matter. Two: There’s no such thing as a free lunch.”... What is your Two Things rule for raising children? Read full article

Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/15/laptop-shooting-shaming-naming-and-parenting">Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting</a>

...And this week a laptop shooting dad decided to use YouTube and Facebook to punish and humiliate his ungrateful 15 year old daughter for her disrespectful comments about him and his wife, and about all the chores she was expected to do ... I want to briefly comment on two things: Humiliation or shaming of children .... and mainstream and influential media commentators' comments ... Read full article

When Parents Disagree about How to Raise Children

It's inevitable that parents will sometimes disagree about how to raise their children - from small to large decisions, it's often necessary to compromise to come to a united decision. Avoiding disagreement in front of children is of course also very important - parents constantly clashing over parenting decisions can cause emotional harm to a child. Read full article

How Family Communication Influences Teen Depression

<a href="/articles/how-family-communication-influences-teen-depression">How Family Communication Influences Teen Depression</a>

Professor Nick Allen, at the School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, has conducted studies into the influence of family dynamics on depression in teenagers. Speaking at the Australian Psychological Society’s recent conference on Theory to Practice: Positive Development and Wellbeing, Professor Allen presented research that follows young teenagers from ages 12 to 18 and looks at family communication styles prior to the development of depression symptoms. Through early observations and then periodic follow up over several years, Professor Allen and his colleagues have identified patterns of adult and child communication that predict the likelihood of a teenager developing depression. Read full article

Nothing is All Bad - and other Lessons from a Veteran School Mum

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/12/13/nothing-is-all-bad-and-other-lessons-from-a-veteran-school-mum">Nothing is All Bad - and other Lessons from a Veteran School Mum</a>

I am writing this post a day before my eldest son’s Higher School Certificate results are released. I’m still living in blissful ignorance but we’re expecting results in the disappointing to disastrous range. That’s okay. Yes really okay. My son and I sat down the other day and worked out a contingency plan in case we’re faced with the disaster scenario. He, however, is dreading telling others his results, and now wishes he’d worked harder. That’s a lesson he had to learn. What have I learned this year? Here are a few random thoughts. Read full article

Children Saying Sorry - It's a Life Skill

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/11/21/children-saying-sorry-its-a-life-skill">Children Saying Sorry - It&#039;s a Life Skill</a>

According to Ali Macgraw’s character in the the 80s cult movie Love Story, ”love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Perhaps that’s because, according to Elton John, “sorry seems to be the hardest word”. I agree with the latter but not the former. While it can be hard to say, in our family, love means being willing to admit when you’re wrong. I apologise to our children ... Read full article

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