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Teens Learn Their Model of Romantic Relationships from Parents

<a href="/articles/teens-learn-their-model-of-romantic-relationships-from-parents">Teens Learn Their Model of Romantic Relationships from Parents</a>

A new study from University of Alberta relationship researchers, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, found the quality of the relationship between an adolescent and their parents was directly related to the quality of the teen’s intimate relationship 15 years later. Described as a small but noteworthy association, the researchers say their findings match previous evidence that children learn their model of close relationships from their family of origin. Read full article

How to Protect Your Child from Seeing Internet Porn

<a href="/articles/how-to-protect-your-child-from-seeing-internet-porn">How to Protect Your Child from Seeing Internet Porn</a>

A recent survey reported the average age when a child first sees porn online is 11 years. 11. This comes as both a surprise and a concern to parents, especially those who believe they have done all they can to monitor and protect their child's online viewing. So, how is pornography slipping through the protective net of parents? Read full article

Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.

<a href="/blogs/lanahirschowitz/2013/08/20/not-sure-about-your-child-using-social-media-this-mum-is-okay-with-">Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.</a>

One of the favourite memories from my teenage years was coming home at 16 years old to find that my mother had arranged to have my very own phone line installed INTO MY BEDROOM. I can picture my room and the hideous beige/yellow colour of the phone taking up half my desk. (seriously what was it with the colours they used for phones in the 1980’s?), I can feel the huge rush of excitement I felt at my new found freedom and independence and now, as a mother I can almost imagine how thrilled my mother was at my excitement. Read full article

Missing the Moments– Feeling Sentimental As Children Grow Up

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2013/08/05/missing-the-moments%E2%80%93-feeling-sentimental-as-children-grow-up">Missing the Moments– Feeling Sentimental As Children Grow Up</a>

A couple of months ago I attended a performance of Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play, Fury. At one stage the central female character, Alice, comments that it’s often best we don’t know when it’s the last occasion of anything. I can’t remember her exact words, but I do remember the example she quoted: the last time her (now rebellious) teenage son and only child had shared a bed with his mum and dad in the morning. As parents we know this particular ‘last time’ must come for a whole variety of reasons, but I can’t help looking back on those (now past) years of morning cuddles with a twinge of sadness. Read full article

Teens–Accept the Dad Friend Request and Improve Your Relationship

<a href="/articles/teens%E2%80%93accept-the-dad-friend-request-and-improve-your-relationship">Teens–Accept the Dad Friend Request and Improve Your Relationship</a>

We know that traditional media can be an integral part of family life – watching television together, sharing the paper on a Sunday, having the radio on in the background – but less is known about what happens when families connect using new forms of media, like Facebook and Twitter. Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, recently looked at outcomes when adolescents network with their parents on social media. The conclusion? Stronger feelings of connection, leading to more positive outcomes for the adolescent. Read full article

University Seeks Teenagers' Views on Sexting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/07/16/university-seeks-teenagers-views-on-sexting">University Seeks Teenagers&#039; Views on Sexting</a>

Earlier this month four teenagers from a Melbourne school were arrested after allegations that explicit photographs of 15 and 14 year old students had been passed around using mobile technology - the offence for sexting is described as "knowingly communicating a private activity". Teenagers are being asked to fill in this online survey asking their views about sexting - for Institute of Criminology research. Read full article

Mindfulness - If I Could Wind Back Time for Our Children

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/06/25/mindfulness-if-i-could-wind-back-time-for-our-children">Mindfulness - If I Could Wind Back Time for Our Children</a>

If I could rewind time with our kids, teaching them more mindfulness-based habits is one thing I would do...This month, the British Journal of Psychiatry has published research showing that after a nine week mindfulness program at school, teens experienced fewer depressive symptoms, lower stress and greater overall wellbeing. Read full article

Interview with Marita Cheng - Young Australian of the Year 2012

<a href="/articles/interview-with-marita-cheng-young-australian-of-the-year-2012">Interview with Marita Cheng - Young Australian of the Year 2012</a>

Marita Cheng grew up poor, living in a housing commission home in north Queensland. Marita was an excellent student in school, finishing in the top 0.2% of the nation. After graduating, Marita moved to Melbourne to start her engineering studies. In 2008, she founded the not-for-profit, Robogals. In 2012, she was named Australia’s Young Australian of the Year. Marita recently spoke at Sydney’s Young Minds Conference where the theme was How Do We Grow a Good Person? Afterwards, happychild spoke with Marita about what it takes to achieve your dreams. Read full article

Why Have Good Parents Gone Bad?

<a href="/articles/why-have-good-parents-gone-bad">Why Have Good Parents Gone Bad?</a>

Dr Wendy Mogel asked this question when presenting at the Young Minds Conference in Sydney this week. Dr Mogel is an acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and author of The New York Times best-selling parenting book, The Blessing of a B-Minus. Her presentation explored the ‘new normal’ for today’s parents and she made some practical suggestions for raising self-reliant children and teenagers. Read full article

The Internet is Changing the Way Our Kids Access Music

<a href="/blogs/martinaungle/2013/05/21/the-internet-is-changing-the-way-our-kids-access-music">The Internet is Changing the Way Our Kids Access Music</a>

As our kids get older and start to dictate the sort of music they want to hear, the bands they want to see, or the music they want to play themselves, I think we are going to see some radically different musical directions being taken in the future. Now, my 15-year-old doesn’t really listen to the radio, or buy CDs. Read full article