General Parenting

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Banishing Bullying: A Parents' Guide

Stop Hand Boyby Aileen Pablo     The APA defines bullying as “aggressive physical contact, words or actions to cause another person injury or discomfort.” Psychology Today goes further, describing it as a “pattern of deliberately harming and humiliating others. And Stopbullying.gov adds that it “involves a real or perceived power imbalance.”

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How to Build Confidence in Your Child

Confident Kidsby Andrew Fuller     Confidence is one of the most powerful, and one of the most elusive, qualities that creates success in life.  ...read more »

How Social Media Can Bring Parents and Teens Closer

Laughing with laptopby the Editor     Parents may not be as savvy with social media as their teenage children, but new research shows they shouldn’t shy away from sending their teen a friend request on Facebook or engaging them on Twitter, Instagram and other social platforms.  ...read more »

Keeping Your Child Engaged For Success at School

Primary school girl in classroomby the Editor     New research at Menzies Research Institute Tasmania has found children's engagement with schooling, above and beyond their academic performance at school, predicts their level of education and occupation as adults.  ...read more »

Helping Your Child Respond to Social Pressures at Any Age

Pre-teens smilingby the Editor     Teenagers are risk-takers — they’re more likely than children or adults to experiment with illicit substances, have unprotected sex, and drive recklessly. But research shows that teenagers have the knowledge and ability to make competent decisions about risk, just like adults. So what explains their risky behavior?  ...read more »

Why Parents Should Encourage Early Maths Skills

Learning Numbersby the Editor     Beginning first-graders who understand numbers, the quantities those numbers represent, and low-level arithmetic will have better success in learning mathematics through the end of fifth-grade, and potentially throughout the rest of their lives.  ...read more »

Etiquette to the Rescue!- Manners for Kids

Flowerts thanks mumby Marina Passalaris     “The hardest job kids today face is learning good manners without seeing any.” – Fred Astaire...  In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven society where emails and texts have largely replaced face-to-face interactions and rude behavior such as people texting at the dinner table are increasingly  ...read more »

How to Praise Kids the Right Way

Smile Praise Mother Sonby the Editor     Parents praise their children in a variety of ways. They might say, "You worked really hard" after completing a challenging task or "You're a very smart girl." Or they might offer general comments such as "Great" or "You got it." While all of these phrases sound positive, research has shown that they have different effects.  ...read more »

Stopping the Bullies With Kindness

Mother Daughter Closenessby Dr. Justin Coulson     More than two thirds of girls under the age of 10 are bullied, according to a study recently completed by the Girl Guides Association of Australia. And according to a report in the SMH "68 per cent [of children] aged between five and nine report[ed] that that they had been bullied, many of them online." So it’s not just girls that are copping it.  ...read more »

Talking Ethics with Kids - The Fishhook Method

Fishing Father Sonby Michael Parker     We all spend so much time being busy with our children that sometimes the big conversations fall right away. By the time we have done the dinner, helped out with the homework, baked the cake for the school’s charity drive and generally kept the ship of state afloat, the end of the night can roll around without any actual conversation having happened with your children.  ...read more »

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