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How My Husband Raised a Good Man

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/06/19/how-my-husband-raised-a-good-man">How My Husband Raised a Good Man</a>

I’m just about to reveal myself as an appalling hypocrite. I think I can justify myself, however. You may recall that in my last outing for happychild I expressed my discomfiture at the idea of parents monitoring their kids’ Facebook accounts. (Not everyone agreed with me I have to add.) Yet only the other day I found myself reading my eldest son’s private correspondence without his knowledge. Read full article

Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2012/04/18/teens-on-facebook-where-does-supervision-stop-and-privacy-start">Teens on Facebook - Where Does Supervision Stop and Privacy Start?</a>

‘Shutting the gate after the horse has bolted’ parenting - I don’t know about you, but I’m often guilty of it. I’d been meaning to put an Internet filter on my 11 year old son, Joe’s computer for ages. Joe is on the autism spectrum and approaching puberty so I knew it was only a matter of time before he became curious about sex. "I must do it," I probably said half a dozen times, "but tomorrow." ... As parents we are charged with protecting our kids from danger, but when they become teenagers it can be difficult to know which line to tread. Teenagers expect, and indeed are entitled to, some independence. Read full article

Harvard Professor Talks Sleep Deficit and School Start Times

This is an excerpt from a longer public forum on sleep deficit and health. Professor of Sleep Medicine, Susan Redline M/D. discusses school start times and whether schools should start later. Do current school start times force children to go to school at times when, according to their natural, biological rhythms, they should be asleep? Dr Redline says this problem leads to mood problems and poorer academic performance. Read full article

Teenagers Need More than Seven Hours Sleep

<a href="/articles/teenagers-need-more-than-seven-hours-sleep">Teenagers Need More than Seven Hours Sleep</a>

An academic paper released in 2012 suggested that teenagers may in fact need only just more than seven hours sleep to perform well in standardised tests. The article was not written by sleep researchers but by economics researchers who used statistical analysis to come up with this proposal. However the paediatric sleep community has refuted this suggestion. Read full article

How Much Sleep Does Your Teenager Need?

<a href="/articles/how-much-sleep-does-your-teenager-need">How Much Sleep Does Your Teenager Need?</a>

It’s common for parents to worry about their teenagers getting enough sleep. Like adults, teenagers’ sleep requirements vary between individuals, depending on how well they function on a certain amount of sleep. But as a general guideline, most teenagers function well on about nine hours sleep per day, says Dr Sarah Blunden, founder of the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep and Director of the Paediatric Sleep Clinic in South Australia. This article covers how much sleep teenagers need and some tips to help them get more of it. 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

Teenage Love - What Are Your Tips?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/14/teenage-love-what-are-your-tips">Teenage Love - What Are Your Tips?</a>

On Valentine's Day we talked about what parents can do if their younger child has a "boyfriend" or "girlfriend" or their teenager is in love - Yvette Vignando shared some ideas but we bet you have plenty more. How can parents keep the lines of communucation open about what's happening with their child's new romance? And does it matter if a younger child says they have a boyfriend or girlfriend? Watch the video and please let us know what you think? Read full article

How Brain Science Can Help Parents Understand Teen Behaviour

<a href="/articles/how-brain-science-can-help-parents-understand-teen-behaviour">How Brain Science Can Help Parents Understand Teen Behaviour</a>

Breakthroughs in neuroscience can help us better parent the teens in our lives. They may tower over us physically and be our intellectual match, but teenagers have brains that are very much a work in progress. This informative article gives parents a guide to the changes happening in the teen brain and explains their connections to teenage behaviour. Read full article

Dear Son Starting High School - My Letter to You

<a href="/blogs/susanwhelan/2012/02/01/dear-son-starting-high-school-my-letter-to-you">Dear Son Starting High School - My Letter to You</a>

My older son starts high school this year, transferring to a school where he will know no others students on his first day ...I have been giving some thought to what advice I would give my son if he asked me. Not that he is likely to, of course, given that he is now All-Grown-Up-and-Not-A-Child-Anymore, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, just in case. Read full article

The Coffee Club and Peer Pressure on Teenagers

<a href="/blogs/susanwhelan/2011/12/24/the-coffee-club-and-peer-pressure-on-teenagers">The Coffee Club and Peer Pressure on Teenagers</a>

A friend recently forced herself to try coffee for the first time. A 33 year-old mother of three, she finally caved in to the social pressure to join the coffee-lovers club. Her first experience wasn’t all that enjoyable, so it will be interesting to see if she perseveres. As a non-coffee drinker, I can understand the pressure that she has faced to conform. I’ve had numerous suggestions from coffee devotees about the best way to overcome my aversion to the taste of coffee. Read full article