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A 12 Year Old Drag Queen - Resilience and Fun

A 12 year old boy in UK entertains his village with "Naughty Nora" character. He does it for fun and his friends think it's cool. Is there really any harm in this? I don't think so as long as it is entertainment and satire and he is not being dressed up seriously in an overly provocative way. I discuss this with Suzanne Mostyn on The Morning Show and share some tips on raising resilient children. Read full article

Can a Children's Playground Really Be Too Safe?

Some researchers have suggested that the very safe playgrounds of today are depriving children of the opportunity to challenge themselves - they say a playground is a place where children can encounter and learn to overcome fears. Yvette Vignando debates this idea with psychologist Michael Carr Gregg on The Morning Show, Channel 7 - Michael bemoans the "woosification" of children. Read full article

Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/happy-children-secrets-of-how-they-think">Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think</a>

Interviews with children about how they view their lives and the world around them. Elizabeth Gould, conducted wide-ranging interviews and now tells the children's stories and reveals four distinct patterns of how these happy children think. Even though these happy children face all the usual ups and downs of childhood, including bullying and family issues, they have found a way to be happy and stay happy. Read full article

My Children's Hearts - the Good, the Not So Good and the Resilient

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/01/21/my-childrens-hearts-the-good-the-not-so-good-and-the-resilient">My Children&#039;s Hearts - the Good, the Not So Good and the Resilient</a>

...Finding out that BOTH of my lovely boys have a heart issue was an awful shock. I confess I had a couple of rough days with it but we have seen our cardiologist now and know where we stand ... This is what I know. We are resilient. All of us. My little family. My kids. You and your kids. All the people in Queensland whose lives have been turned upside down and inside out by the recent floods. Sometimes things happen to us that we've never imagined. Things both good and bad. We lose loved ones, we gain new people to love. And who love us ... Read full article

Sophie's Journey

<a href="/parenting-resources/illness-and-injury/sophies-journey">Sophie&#039;s Journey</a>

Book: Sophie's Journey by Sally Collings tells of a child′s resilience, of the choice between life and death, and of a strength that prevails through suffering. Sophie Delezio has a message of hope for us all. This is her story. Read full article

Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/thriving-raising-exceptional-kids-with-confidence-character-and-">Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience</a>

Book: Thriving! Raising Exceptional Kids with Confidence, Character and Resilience by Michael Grose. Kids need strong, confident leadership from their parents. Today's kids live with pressures that previous generations didn't have to face. In this no-nonsense book, parenting educator Michael Grose shows us how to be confident family leaders, able to develop real character and resilience in our kids - the keys to their future success. 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

Parents - It's Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes

<a href="/blogs/arunabey/2010/10/30/parents-its-okay-to-let-your-children-fail-sometimes">Parents - It&#039;s Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes</a>

As Harvard’s Positive Psychology Lecturer and author of best-selling book Happier, Tal Ben Shahar has spent his life studying what makes people happy. And his mantra to his students is “learn to fail, or fail to learn.” This can be applied to parenting too. Letting our children experience minor failures, without rushing in to save them, helps them learn key skills that are essential to deal with the inevitable disappointments of everyday life. Read full article

Tune Into Kids - Reduce Tantrums - Part 2

<a href="/articles/tune-into-kids-reduce-tantrums-part-2">Tune Into Kids - Reduce Tantrums - Part 2</a>

Dr Sophie Havighurst is a child clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne in the Child Psychiatry Department. Sophie is the principal investigator in the Tuning Into Kids Parenting Program. In part 2 of this interview, Sophie talks about teenagers, difficult children and resilience. Read full article

The Optimistic Child

<a href="/parenting-resources/depression-and-bipolar/the-optimistic-child">The Optimistic Child</a>

Book: The Optimistic Child by Martin Seligman.This book shows adults how to teach children the skills of optimism These skills can help them combat depression and achieve more academically, in sports and improve their physical health. Read full article