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Five Top Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Shyness

<a href="/articles/five-top-tips-to-help-your-child-overcome-shyness">Five Top Tips to Help Your Child Overcome Shyness</a>

Shyness in kids is very common, and “everybody can feel shy in certain situations,” says Professor Jennifer Hudson, a clinical psychologist and research fellow from Macquarie University’s Centre for Emotional Health . While mild shyness is not defined as an anxiety condition, approximately one in five children will have a problem with exceptional shyness and anxiety, such that it significantly interferes with their daily life. Professor Hudson’s latest longitudinal research into the role of temperament and stressful life events in the development of childhood anxiety found that shy children experience fewer positive life experiences because of their inhibitions. Read full article

Christmas Concerns? Advice from an Expert

<a href="/blogs/2013/12/17/christmas-concerns-advice-from-an-expert">Christmas Concerns? Advice from an Expert</a>

Gifts, Santa, and family time. While most children are thrilled by the approach of Christmas, some parents have mixed feelings. Dr Marc de Rosnay*, from the University of Sydney’s School of Psychology, talks you through some possible concerns you might have about your children: Read full article

Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock performing Katy Perry's 'Roar'

An uplifting and optimistic take on Katy Perry's hit song, 'Roar', performed by patients and staff of the Children's Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, New Hampshire, USA. Get well soon, courageous kids! Read full article

Parents Asked to Limit TV and Have a Media Plan

<a href="/articles/parents-asked-to-limit-tv-and-have-a-media-plan">Parents Asked to Limit TV and Have a Media Plan</a>

The newly released policy from the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP) Council on Communications and Media urges parents, schools, doctors and advertisers to recognise media effects on children – both positive and negative. While the Academy remains concerned about research-based evidence about the potential for harm from media messages, it also acknowledges the positive effects from television shows like Sesame Street, which teaches children numbers and letters Read full article

Seven Top Tips for a Happy Family This Week

<a href="/articles/seven-top-tips-for-a-happy-family-this-week">Seven Top Tips for a Happy Family This Week</a>

Two recent articles published online about simple things that make people happy got us thinking here at happychild – what can parents do this week that will help their children feel happiness? We’ve combined the best of both articles (they are hyperlinked below), mixed with our own expertise and come up with a top tips list of simple things parents can do this week to put happiness back on a busy agenda. This is not about chasing happiness, that obscure ideal we think everyone else is enjoying; this is about being open to the happiness that is present to us each and every day, if we choose to accept it. Read full article

Driving with Children in the Backseat? A Must-Read

<a href="/articles/driving-with-children-in-the-backseat-a-must-read">Driving with Children in the Backseat? A Must-Read</a>

Ever turned to attend to your child in the backseat as you’ve been driving? Or done a quick check on them in the rear view mirror? According to a new study out of Monash University Accident Research Centre, you are in the majority of parent drivers, and your children are 12 times more distracting to you than talking on a mobile phone while driving. Read full article

Is There a Gun Where Your Child Plays?

<a href="/articles/is-there-a-gun-where-your-child-plays">Is There a Gun Where Your Child Plays?</a>

It was our teen who first told me that the parents of one of his friends keep a handgun in their family home '‘for protection'’. I did not react well. As far as I know, our son did not come into contact with the handgun. And knowing the parents as well as I do, I expect that their handgun is stored ‘safely’. But unless I am willing to ask some rather awkward questions I cannot know for sure. Read full article

YUM! TOP TIPS FOR FEEDING BABIES AND KIDS WITH ALLERGIES

<a href="/parenting-resources/early-childhood-nutrition/yum-top-tips-for-feeding-babies-and-kids-with-allergie">YUM! TOP TIPS FOR FEEDING BABIES AND KIDS WITH ALLERGIES</a>

This is the definitive book for making simple, healthy meals for children with allergies and the whole family, written by the Children's Hospital at Westmead's allergy and nutrition experts With one in 20 Australian children now having a food allergy - and that number on the rise - this book provides essential information for their families and carers. Read full article

Why Children Should be Taught Philanthropy

<a href="/articles/why-children-should-be-taught-philanthropy">Why Children Should be Taught Philanthropy</a>

“Philanthropy” is usually a word we associate with the world of adults and rich people. Increasingly though, children from a spread of socio-economic backgrounds are participating in and learning about what it means to be philanthropic, both at home and at school. As well as helping those in need, the evidence shows getting children involved in philanthropy has positive effects for the children, their families and society more generally. Read full article

New Research Finds that Children Sleep Less if Media Devices Are In The Bedroom

<a href="/articles/new-research-finds-that-children-sleep-less-if-media-devices-are-in-the-bedroom">New Research Finds that Children Sleep Less if Media Devices Are In The Bedroom</a>

We know from previous research reported on happychild that use of technology devices can negatively impact the sleep of teenagers. This new research from Finland studied an even younger population of school-aged children and concluded that computer use, television viewing, and the presence of media in children’s bedrooms may reduce the amount of time children are sleeping, and delay bedtimes. And they found gender differences–among boys, having a television and a computer in the bedroom predicted poorer sleep habits and irregularity of sleep habits. Read full article