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Smacking Young Children Linked to Poor Behaviour

<a href="/articles/smacking-young-children-linked-to-poor-behaviour">Smacking Young Children Linked to Poor Behaviour</a>

The newly released study, Spanking and Child Development Across the First Decade of Life published by the American Academy of Paediatrics, found that smacking children up to the age of 5 predicted negative outcomes for children by age 9. In particular, those negative outcomes are more "externalising behaviour" (this means outward expressions of problematic behaviour like aggression) and less "receptive vocabulary" ( this means the words that can be understood by a child but not necessarily expressed in speech or writing) . Read full article

Parenting by Humiliation - Short Shorts Dad

<a href="/blogs/2013/09/18/parenting-by-humiliation-short-shorts-dad">Parenting by Humiliation - Short Shorts Dad</a>

Today I read about the short shorts dad. A Utah father tired of his daughter wearing “skimpy” shorts decided to turn the tables on her by cutting up a pair of jeans, and going out on family night in his own pair of “skimpy” shorts. The mom shared the photo of dad in shorts on her blog and of course the story went viral. Dude, what about talking to your kid? Read full article

Prominent Australian and New Zealand Doctors Say Stop Smacking

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/07/26/prominent-australian-and-new-zealand-doctors-say-stop-smacking">Prominent Australian and New Zealand Doctors Say Stop Smacking</a>

Today the Royal Australasian College of Physicians announced they are calling for law reform on the physical punishment of children - they are also urging parents and caregivers to consider alternatives to smacking. I say - good. And I hope the Children's Commissioner gets behind this initiative. We have asked the Commissioner for comments and hope to hear from her later today - I will update this post. Read full article

Benefits of Teaching Positivity to Children

<a href="/articles/benefits-of-teaching-positivity-to-children">Benefits of Teaching Positivity to Children</a>

Follow the advice of "fake it 'til you make it" or just "be positive", and you may end up oozing a kind of "toxic insincerity" says Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology and specialist investigator of positive emotions and psychophysiology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Fredrickson was speaking at a workshop that was part of the Young Minds conference held last week at Darling Harbour in Sydney. Teaching the benefits of positivity, Dr. Fredrickson says instead of ‘thinking positive’, we should aim to identify the experiences and contexts that give us a positive emotion, and then repeat them. Research indicates that experiencing positive and negative emotions in about a 3-to-1 ratio, has the potential to enhance your relationships, improve your health, relieve depression, and broaden your mind. Read full article

Opening the Conversation - Smacking and the Rights of a Child

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/05/15/opening-the-conversation-smacking-and-the-rights-of-a-child">Opening the Conversation - Smacking and the Rights of a Child</a>

Can there ever be enough articles about The Slap, or The Smack? Channel 9 show 60 Minutes re-ignited an ongoing conversation adults are having in Australia about whether it is okay to use corporal punishment with children. And today on Channel 9 show Mornings, I was asked about smacking ...I think it is topical given that the Australian government has announced its intention to create an Australian Children’s Commissioner whose important role will include the consultation of children about their human rights and other issues affecting their wellbeing in Australia. Read full article

I Wasn't Going to Write About This

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/07/i-wasnt-going-to-write-about-this">I Wasn&#039;t Going to Write About This</a>

Last week, a Twitter contact shared one of the most horrific videos I have seen in a long time. It was so traumatic that I couldn't watch much more than a few minutes. I didn't retweet it because the vision was so violent that I thought it required a warning. I was also unsure about its origin because the video was dated 2004 yet seemed to have just hit the internet that day. Since then, the video has gone viral. 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

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

Children Require Discipline But Not Smacking or The Slap

<a href="/articles/children-require-discipline-but-not-smacking-or-the-slap">Children Require Discipline But Not Smacking or The Slap</a>

"No one deserves to be hit, let alone a child." "That's just a platitude, a new age bullshit platitude. You need to teach a child discipline and sometimes the discipline has to be physical. That's how we learn what is acceptable and what is not." This conversation from Christos Tsiolkas's novel "The Slap", now a television series which premiered on ABC TV this week, reflects the Australian ambivalence about hitting children. The debate is not about whether children require discipline. They clearly do... Read full article

Primary School Students Forced to Visit Toilet at Same Time

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/08/12/primary-school-students-forced-to-visit-toilet-at-same-time">Primary School Students Forced to Visit Toilet at Same Time</a>

This morning I read an article in the Australian newspaper The Age about a primary school in Melbourne that had recently trialled an approach to students visiting the toilet during class time. According to the article, principal Dr Kim Dray explained that the trial was part of signalling "a new level of respect for the toilets in the school." Quoting an email, the article confirmed that the policy was aimed at a "long term and persistent problem of deliberate toilet vandalism". ...I was outraged when I read this - to me it seems like a solution from the early 20th century - where the whole class is punished for the toileting requirements of one child. Read full article