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Parents Helping Children Who Are Bullied - Voices of Experience

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/03/20/parents-helping-children-who-are-bullied-voices-of-experience">Parents Helping Children Who Are Bullied - Voices of Experience</a>

As I mentioned in this earlier post 'Messages to Bullies - Forgiven not Forgotten", on 14 March I sent out interviews to a number of adults who offered to share their stories of being bullied as children. Having still not had the time to compile their responses into a coherent article, I keep wanting to publish parts of their stories because it seems the right time for their voices to be heard. Read full article

Breaking: Oranges and Textas Save Family Dinnertime

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/03/18/breaking-oranges-and-textas-save-family-dinnertime">Breaking: Oranges and Textas Save Family Dinnertime</a>

While according to author Janette Winterson’s novel "Oranges are not the only fruit", on one recent crisis-laden evening, oranges were all that stood between my family and a complete meltdown. It was three weeks into my two-month period of experimental single parenting, undertaken while simultaneously packing up a house, getting it ready for sale and preparing to move our family overseas. To put it mildly, the stress levels were high and on that particular afternoon the temperature was rising, fast. Read full article

Parent Bloggers - How Much Do You Share of Your Children's Lives?

On Channel 7's The Morning Show 3rd march 2011, Yvette Vignando shared her views on the actions of some parents who have published online video or photos of themselves disciplining their children. Some of the stories are quite disturbing. View Yvette talking about the limits of what mum bloggers and dad bloggers share online in this video post. View The Morning Show segment. Read full article

Doing Stuff With Your Kids - And Leaving the Washing Behind

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/03/02/doing-stuff-with-your-kids-and-leaving-the-washing-behind">Doing Stuff With Your Kids - And Leaving the Washing Behind</a>

My friend, Barney, recently commented on my Facebook page, “Gee you get about!” He was commenting on a photograph of the kids on our most recent weekend away. I admit it had been a busy week. I’d done an overnighter to Sydney for an early morning meeting at the ABC’s head office in Ultimo, I had moderated a business forum thing back home in Newcastle .. and a few other odds and sods on top of doing my daily radio show. Nothing particularly unusual for a week in the life of me. Read full article

Winter of Our Disconnect

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/winter-of-our-disconnect">Winter of Our Disconnect</a>

This is a parenting biography with a difference - 6 months in the lives of a family with three teenagers who somehow survived unplugged from technology, just. For any parent who's ever sent a text to their child at the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing with recognition. But it may also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kids - and parents - to thrive. Read full article

Does Birth Order Affect Your Child’s Personality and Your Parenting?

<a href="/articles/does-birth-order-affect-your-child%E2%80%99s-personality-and-your-parenting">Does Birth Order Affect Your Child’s Personality and Your Parenting?</a>

Have you ever wondered why your first child is a bossy perfectionist and your second child is more relaxed and less pedantic? As parents we are often puzzled how two children from the same set of parents can be so different. Could it possibly have something to do with birth order? Birth Order theories have been around since the 1920’s. Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, was the first to emphasise the importance of birth order and how it affects our lives. Read full article

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/battle-hymn-of-the-tiger-mother">Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother</a>

Book: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. The controversial yet compelling parenting biography by Chinese-American author who writes about her journey as a parent determined to use what she calls "Chinese parenting" to raise successful children. But the journey does not end in the way she expects. Read full article

I am a Tiger Mother and a Bear Mother

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/01/27/i-am-a-tiger-mother-and-a-bear-mother">I am a Tiger Mother and a Bear Mother</a>

Being a mother of a child with a special needs diagnosis tends to turn one into more of a Bear Mother than a Tiger Mother. The "Tiger Mum" tag, as outlined in Amy Chua's Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, is not unique to "Chinese parenting" although it may be most fully expressed there ...When my inner Tiger Mum starts to roar too loudly, both literally and psychologically, I can rely on my husband and children to let me know that I have crossed the line and need to put my inner Tiger Mum in lockdown mode. Read full article

News Flash - Tiger Mother is Really a Pussycat - Book Review

“Expectations coupled with love was the greatest gift anyone could give me…” said Amy Chua, on a PBS interview about her controversial parenting memoir Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother. Nothing much to disagree with there … until you read about the author’s expectations and methods used to ensure her daughters met them. “I don’t think Chinese mothers are superior …” says Ms Chua in the same interview. Well, that’s good, unless you read a headline in the Wall Street Journal: “Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior”. Read full article

School Holidays - How I Don't Work From Home

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/11/school-holidays-how-i-dont-work-from-home">School Holidays - How I Don&#039;t Work From Home</a>

I have cheated a bit in this blogpost title. I do work from home, and I work from home during the school holidays. This makes me feel very lucky and sometimes very frustrated. It's quite challenging to make working from home work during the school holidays. Like all parents working from home, my frustration comes from wanting to still be productive at work in spite of needing (and wanting) to be more present as a mother. Read full article