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Teens Learn Their Model of Romantic Relationships from Parents

<a href="/articles/teens-learn-their-model-of-romantic-relationships-from-parents">Teens Learn Their Model of Romantic Relationships from Parents</a>

A new study from University of Alberta relationship researchers, published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, found the quality of the relationship between an adolescent and their parents was directly related to the quality of the teen’s intimate relationship 15 years later. Described as a small but noteworthy association, the researchers say their findings match previous evidence that children learn their model of close relationships from their family of origin. Read full article

How to Protect Your Child from Seeing Internet Porn

<a href="/articles/how-to-protect-your-child-from-seeing-internet-porn">How to Protect Your Child from Seeing Internet Porn</a>

A recent survey reported the average age when a child first sees porn online is 11 years. 11. This comes as both a surprise and a concern to parents, especially those who believe they have done all they can to monitor and protect their child's online viewing. So, how is pornography slipping through the protective net of parents? Read full article

Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.

<a href="/blogs/lanahirschowitz/2013/08/20/not-sure-about-your-child-using-social-media-this-mum-is-okay-with-">Not Sure About Your Child Using Social Media? This Mum is Okay With It.</a>

One of the favourite memories from my teenage years was coming home at 16 years old to find that my mother had arranged to have my very own phone line installed INTO MY BEDROOM. I can picture my room and the hideous beige/yellow colour of the phone taking up half my desk. (seriously what was it with the colours they used for phones in the 1980’s?), I can feel the huge rush of excitement I felt at my new found freedom and independence and now, as a mother I can almost imagine how thrilled my mother was at my excitement. Read full article

Missing the Moments– Feeling Sentimental As Children Grow Up

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2013/08/05/missing-the-moments%E2%80%93-feeling-sentimental-as-children-grow-up">Missing the Moments– Feeling Sentimental As Children Grow Up</a>

A couple of months ago I attended a performance of Joanna Murray-Smith’s new play, Fury. At one stage the central female character, Alice, comments that it’s often best we don’t know when it’s the last occasion of anything. I can’t remember her exact words, but I do remember the example she quoted: the last time her (now rebellious) teenage son and only child had shared a bed with his mum and dad in the morning. As parents we know this particular ‘last time’ must come for a whole variety of reasons, but I can’t help looking back on those (now past) years of morning cuddles with a twinge of sadness. Read full article

Teens–Accept the Dad Friend Request and Improve Your Relationship

<a href="/articles/teens%E2%80%93accept-the-dad-friend-request-and-improve-your-relationship">Teens–Accept the Dad Friend Request and Improve Your Relationship</a>

We know that traditional media can be an integral part of family life – watching television together, sharing the paper on a Sunday, having the radio on in the background – but less is known about what happens when families connect using new forms of media, like Facebook and Twitter. Researchers from Brigham Young University in Utah, United States, recently looked at outcomes when adolescents network with their parents on social media. The conclusion? Stronger feelings of connection, leading to more positive outcomes for the adolescent. Read full article

University Seeks Teenagers' Views on Sexting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/07/16/university-seeks-teenagers-views-on-sexting">University Seeks Teenagers&#039; Views on Sexting</a>

Earlier this month four teenagers from a Melbourne school were arrested after allegations that explicit photographs of 15 and 14 year old students had been passed around using mobile technology - the offence for sexting is described as "knowingly communicating a private activity". Teenagers are being asked to fill in this online survey asking their views about sexting - for Institute of Criminology research. Read full article

The Internet is Changing the Way Our Kids Access Music

<a href="/blogs/martinaungle/2013/05/21/the-internet-is-changing-the-way-our-kids-access-music">The Internet is Changing the Way Our Kids Access Music</a>

As our kids get older and start to dictate the sort of music they want to hear, the bands they want to see, or the music they want to play themselves, I think we are going to see some radically different musical directions being taken in the future. Now, my 15-year-old doesn’t really listen to the radio, or buy CDs. Read full article

Shaming Teen Mums is a Bad Idea

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/03/19/shaming-teen-mums-is-a-bad-idea">Shaming Teen Mums is a Bad Idea</a>

What if instead of deciding to shame teenagers out of 'choosing' to become parents with a questionable 'public health' campaign, New York City instead focused their efforts on ending the 'epidemic' of advanced age motherhood? Imagine the outrage. Read full article

Reducing Aggression by Teaching Teens that People Can Change

<a href="/articles/reducing-aggression-by-teaching-teens-that-people-can-change">Reducing Aggression by Teaching Teens that People Can Change</a>

When adults see media coverage of teens reacting aggressively to minor provocation, they often assume this behaviour is influenced by a teenager’s family background and experiences. And although a hostile family and school environment can contribute to aggressive behaviour, new research shows that the tendency of teens to act aggressively also depends on their belief about people’s ability or inability to change. This finding may help adults create education programs aimed at reducing violence and aggressive behaviour, and give parents important ideas on how to talk to children about people’s potential for change. Three key ideas for parents and teachers are included in this article. Read full article

Will Our Kids Be Better 'Technology Parents'?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/11/28/will-our-kids-be-better-technology-parents">Will Our Kids Be Better &#039;Technology Parents&#039;?</a>

So this morning I saw the headline “Our web-addict kids miss out on meals and sleep”.And I thought, somewhat judgementally - surely their parents can do something about that? And at the same time I acknowledged, from my own personal experience, how hard it is to get teens to stop using a computer and do something else. Read full article