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Are You a Helicopter Parent? Here is Some Landing Gear.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/05/29/are-you-a-helicopter-parent-here-is-some-landing-gear">Are You a Helicopter Parent? Here is Some Landing Gear.</a>

Are you a helicopter parent? Please don't let this article give you anything else to be anxious about - instead use it to think about whether there are areas of your child's life where he or she could become more independent and more self-reliant. I am sharing brief ideas with you about signs you may be a helicopter parent and four simple tips to pull back a bit and build your child's confidence, self-esteem and independence. 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

A Baby Bird Leaves the Nest ... I mean, Couch

<a href="/blogs/michellestedman/2012/01/12/a-baby-bird-leaves-the-nest-i-mean-couch">A Baby Bird Leaves the Nest ... I mean, Couch</a>

Will was lovingly placed on the couch by his Aunty last week. While all five of our backs were turned for a split second, Will decided to try his hand at some ‘couch diving’; enter horrible crunching noise and blood-curdling scream ... Read full article

Flying Space Junk, Motherhood and Fear

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/06/15/flying-space-junk-motherhood-and-fear">Flying Space Junk, Motherhood and Fear</a>

When I was a child we lived in country NSW. During school holidays my older sister and I would travel to Sydney by train, unaccompanied, to be met by our grandmother at the other end. On the return journey the reverse would happen. This started when I was quite young, eight years old or so, and my sister eleven. The trip was a long one, close to eight hours, and I’d pass the time reading and daydreaming. I remember feeling terribly grown up as I made my purchases from the food trolley that trundled up and down the corridors of that train. Recently I had to dispatch my middle son on a similar journey. Read full article

Podcast How to Raise a Resilient Child with Michael Grose Parenting Educator

<a href="/audio/podcast-how-to-raise-a-resilient-child-with-michael-grose-parenting-educator">Podcast How to Raise a Resilient Child with Michael Grose Parenting Educator</a>

Michael Grose is an Australian parenting educator and author. In this one hour recording, he speaks with Yvette Vignando about how to raise a resilient child; how to build your own resilience as a parent; the main ingredients of a resilient family; how to develop resourcefulness, independence and persistence in your children and how to help your children cope with change, failure or conflict. Read full article