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Children Swearing - How Do You Handle it in Your Family?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/15/children-swearing-how-do-you-handle-it-in-your-family">Children Swearing - How Do You Handle it in Your Family?</a>

I often swim with some girlfriends at our local gym. It's great for the exercise, the post-swim coffee time and to talk about the critical issues of the day - like our kids swearing. Each family has different levels of tolerance for swearing and even within a family, two parents would often have different views. I remember when our oldest son was at preschool how shocked I was by some of the words used by his peers who had older siblings. My shock wore off pretty fast ... Read full article

Glee Star on Cosmopolitan Cover Shot - Is Parental Guidance Required?

Glee star Lea Michele appears on the cover of the March edition of US Cosmopolitan. The actress is apparently 24 years old but plays the role of a teenager in the internationally popular television series Glee. In the news is the reaction by some Texas newsagents who have removed the magazine from display and others who have said that the cover shot is overtly sexual and inappropriate for a celebrity who plays a teenager. The implication is that Lea Michele is also something of a role model for young women who watch Glee. Read full article

P!nk's Latest Music Video - Perfect, or Not?

<a href="/blogs/catherine/2011/02/09/pnks-latest-music-video-perfect-or-not">P!nk&#039;s Latest Music Video - Perfect, or Not?</a>

P!nk (Alecia Moore) has just released her latest music video for her current song, “Fkin Perfect”, being given airplay. I must confess I'm partial to P!nk and her music. This is because of what she represents and stands for, and the tunes of course. As I was playing the footage on my computer my 6 and 3 year old wanted to look. I do let them listen to P!nk. I know some of her lyrics contain explicit language so I either sing loudly for those songs and cover the swearing, or I don’t let them listen to those but I don’t believe that she should be censored. Read full article

Teenagers on the Internet: Parents Need to Be Involved

<a href="/blogs/mariafuentes/2011/02/03/teenagers-on-the-internet-parents-need-to-be-involved">Teenagers on the Internet: Parents Need to Be Involved</a>

So the research is in and it tells us that social networking can be a positive influence on teenagers’ lives ... Valkenburg and Peters, from the University of Amsterdam reviewed ten years of research into Internet use by teenagers and concluded that social networking sites increased positive internet use amongst healthy teenagers and enhanced their social functioning. Read full article

Saturday 8 January 2011 Latest Parenting & Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/08/saturday-8-january-2011-latest-parenting-education-news">Saturday 8 January 2011 Latest Parenting &amp; Education News</a>

Saturday 8 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Meditation in School ~ Parental Conflict ~ Sperm Donors ~ Teacher Outcomes ~ Choosing Child's Gender ~ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ~ Gay Teenagers ~ Children and Technology ~ New Year Parenting Principles Read full article

Parenting - Anxiety in Teenagers

<a href="/articles/parenting-anxiety-in-teenagers">Parenting - Anxiety in Teenagers</a>

Parents looking back on their own teenage years might think that anxiety was a normal part of the experience of awkwardly growing into their adult selves. And in fact, a certain level of anxiety is normal in everyone, says Dr Ron Rapee, Director of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University. But when your teen’s anxiety is starting to interfere with everyday life and preventing them from doing things they should normally enjoy, this could be a sign that your adolescent has a form of anxiety disorder. Read full article

Surviving Adolescents - The Must Have Manual for all Parents

<a href="/parenting-resources/teenagers/surviving-adolescents-the-must-have-manual-for-all-parents">Surviving Adolescents - The Must Have Manual for all Parents</a>

Book: Surviving Adolescents The Must-Have Manual for all Parents by Michael Carr-Gregg. One of Australia's leading authorities on teenage behaviour has written this clear and very down-to-earth manual, drawing on his wealth of experience and wisdom. It has advice on all the thorny issues that confront families with teenagers - sexuality, risky behaviours, laziness, school and study problems, and much more. Read full article

Wit's End - Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out of Control Teen

<a href="/parenting-resources/teenagers/wits-end-advice-and-resources-for-saving-your-out-of-control-teen">Wit&#039;s End - Advice and Resources for Saving Your Out of Control Teen</a>

Book: Wit's End by Sue Scheff is the shockingly gripping story of how Sue, a parent of a formerly troubled teen, turned her mistakes-and her relationship with her daughter-around. This highly practical and prescriptive book calls upon Scheff's personal experiences with finding help for her daughter. Read full article

Whatever! A Down to Earth Guide to Parenting Teenagers

<a href="/parenting-resources/teenagers/whatever-a-down-to-earth-guide-to-parenting-teenagers">Whatever! A Down to Earth Guide to Parenting Teenagers</a>

Book: Whatever! A Down to Earth Guide to Parenting Teenagers by Gill Hines and Alison Baverstock. a practical guide to help teenagers, their parents and the rest of the family. The book is aimed at helping parents of teenagers find the joy in newly emerging adults, and encourages parents not to concentrate only on the difficulties. It provides parents of teenagers with workable strategies for every situation, which they can put into practice immediately. Read full article

Operation Enough - I Have Your Grandson. He's Drinking in a Park

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/09/operation-enough-i-have-your-grandson-hes-drinking-in-a-park">Operation Enough - I Have Your Grandson. He&#039;s Drinking in a Park</a>

The term 'Operation Enough' caught my eye as I scanned this morning's news. Police at the St Marys Local Area Command in NSW launched a campaign targeting young people involved in underage drinking and various criminal behaviour. But what really caught my eye was the media release and reports saying "In a new tactic by police, a parent of each and every child was 'phoned and asked to collect their children." ...This post includes ideas for parents of teenagers concerned about unsupervised drinking. Read full article