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New Research: Put Your Child’s Needs First and Feel Happier

<a href="/articles/new-research-put-your-child%E2%80%99s-needs-first-and-feel-happier">New Research: Put Your Child’s Needs First and Feel Happier</a>

Growing research is pointing to what many people on a community-minded path have already discovered – investing in the wellbeing of others leads to improved wellbeing in oneself. And now, new parenting research reveals it is the 'child-centric' parents i.e. those who put their child’s needs before their own, who are enjoying more feelings of fulfillment and happiness from parenthood. Read full article

Parenting by Humiliation - Short Shorts Dad

<a href="/blogs/2013/09/18/parenting-by-humiliation-short-shorts-dad">Parenting by Humiliation - Short Shorts Dad</a>

Today I read about the short shorts dad. A Utah father tired of his daughter wearing “skimpy” shorts decided to turn the tables on her by cutting up a pair of jeans, and going out on family night in his own pair of “skimpy” shorts. The mom shared the photo of dad in shorts on her blog and of course the story went viral. Dude, what about talking to your kid? Read full article

American Children are Intelligent and Aussie Kids are Happy?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/04/15/american-children-are-intelligent-and-aussie-kids-are-happy">American Children are Intelligent and Aussie Kids are Happy?</a>

I am loving this – the most common description a sample of Australian parents used for their child is “happy”. How great is that!? I may be biased. But what about the Italians and the Americans? The Spanish, the Swedish, the Dutch?...Apparently American parents have a tendency to talk about their children in terms of their cognitive abilities – their intelligence... 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

How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child's Brain

<a href="/articles/how-supportive-parenting-impacts-your-childs-brain">How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child&#039;s Brain</a>

The importance of parental love and warmth to children’s emotional wellbeing is widely accepted. It makes sense that a loving childhood may protect children from developing mental illnesses later in life. A recent study by experts at Washington University illustrates why good parenting skills and parent wellbeing is so important that it can even affect the size of an important part of our brain – the hippocampus. Read full article

Do We Have a Blinkered View of Our Children?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/11/01/do-we-have-a-blinkered-view-of-our-children">Do We Have a Blinkered View of Our Children?</a>

Sometimes I think all children have double identities. There’s the ‘at home’ child, the one the parents know and love, and there’s the ‘out in the world’ child, the one that the rest of us see. Here’s what I mean ... Read full article

What Happened to Just ‘Muddling Through' as a Parent?

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/07/11/what-happened-to-just-%E2%80%98muddling-through-as-a-parent">What Happened to Just ‘Muddling Through&#039; as a Parent?</a>

These days there is so much advice available to parents, it can be hard to know where to start. It’s good to have help available 24/7, but can all this information create a feeling of overload? Would we be better off ignoring the ‘experts’ with their conflicting opinions and just relying on good old-fashioned commonsense and gut instinct to help us navigate our parenting journey? Should we just chat to our neighbour over the back fence or have a chinwag with the playgroup mums if there’s a parenting issue that is troubling us? Read full article

Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/battle-hymn-of-the-tiger-mother">Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother</a>

Book: Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua. The controversial yet compelling parenting biography by Chinese-American author who writes about her journey as a parent determined to use what she calls "Chinese parenting" to raise successful children. But the journey does not end in the way she expects. Read full article

Wednesday 2 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/02/wednesday-2-february-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Wednesday 2 February 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Wednesday 2 February 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Foreign Language Teaching Australian Schools ~ Julianne Moore Talks Parenting ~ Teenagers and Alcohol ~ Children's Artwork ~ How Much Television Children are Watching ~ Single Mothers and Boys Read full article

Different Parenting Styles - Does It Matter?

<a href="/articles/different-parenting-styles-does-it-matter">Different Parenting Styles - Does It Matter?</a>

It’s been one of those interminable days of constant negotiation with your children over the tiniest details, about treats, attention, manners, tv. Then in waltzes your partner, and throws it all to the wind. It’s indulgence time....It’s the source of resentment and countless arguments, and can range from minor squabbles to major breakdowns where relatives will suddenly find themselves out of the children’s lives. But this clash about the right way to parent is all about the “grown ups”. What about the children? How do differing styles, especially between partners and within the family group, affect children? Read full article