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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

Study Finds Children are Learning Persistence from Fathers

<a href="/articles/study-finds-children-are-learning-persistence-from-fathers">Study Finds Children are Learning Persistence from Fathers</a>

Can your children stick with a task? Can they finish a project? Can they set a goal and complete it? Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, asked parents about their children’s persistence and found that fathers who use an authoritative parenting style are more likely to raise teenagers with a motivated and persistent approach to achieving their goals. Read full article

Dads Get the Good Gigs at School

<a href="/blogs/2012/09/06/dads-get-the-good-gigs-at-school">Dads Get the Good Gigs at School</a>

So I’m strolling into the school yesterday as all the buses are arriving back from the MCG Sports Museum tour. I had volunteered to go, as I do with most excursions (except those involving animals, yawn) but didn’t give it a second thought when I hadn’t heard back from the school. Off go the kids and, from what I can see, a few dads and one mum helper. Unspiritually, this is what I thought: “Geezus, I volunteer to do canteen duty, classroom help, Father’s Day stall, athletics carnivals and when something actually right up my alley appears a DAD gets chosen to go???” Read full article

Time Alone with Fathers Boosts Teens' Self Esteem

<a href="/articles/time-alone-with-fathers-boosts-teens-self-esteem">Time Alone with Fathers Boosts Teens&#039; Self Esteem</a>

Dads, men, male mentors, uncles, grandfathers are so important in the lives of children. Increasingly, research confirms what most of us already thought: men who spend focused time with their children make a valuable contribution to their kids’ happiness and psychological health. And the father effect is important for teenagers too...this research showed that teens who spent more one on one time with their fathers had higher levels of general self-worth, and higher levels of social competence. Read full article

Daughters and their Dads

<a href="/parenting-resources/girls/daughters-and-their-dads">Daughters and their Dads</a>

Book: Daughters and their Dads by Bruce Robinson discusses the importance of fathers and father-figures in a daughter's life. Topics include beauty, confidence, respect, drugs, peer pressure, curiosity, values, faith, dad dates, special trips, how women can resolve issues with their fathers and dealing with separation. It contains quotes from over 400 personal interviews with prominent men and women. Read full article