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Warm Parenting Helps 'Callous or Unemotional' Children

In this video from Mornings at Channel 9, Yvette Vignando on the parenting panel with Dannielle Miller and Tracey Spicer talking about research lead by Dr David Hawes from the University of Sydney about the kind of warm and positive parenting that can help children with what is known as "callous and unemotional" (CU) traits. Also discussed: parents who are in a dispute over their child and a father has been ordered to stop weighing his daughter as it affects her self esteem. Read full article

Helpful Information on Children and Sleep Disorders

<a href="/articles/helpful-information-on-children-and-sleep-disorders">Helpful Information on Children and Sleep Disorders</a>

Any parent will tell you the meaning of the saying “slept like a baby” is completely opposite to reality. Thankfully, many parents succeed in establishing a routine to their baby’s initial erratic sleep patterns without too much trouble. But for some, sleep problems become an ongoing concern. Sleep problems are common throughout all stages of childhood. Community based studies report that anywhere between 10% and 45% of children and 11% to 30% of adolescents have one or more sleep problems, which can occur in infancy or develop later. Read full article

Back Me Up - Anti Cyberbullying Campaign & Competition

<a href="/articles/back-me-up-anti-cyberbullying-campaign-competition">Back Me Up - Anti Cyberbullying Campaign &amp; Competition</a>

The message of the BackMeUp campaign is that young people can take positive and safe action if they witness cyberbullying, and can support those whose rights have been violated. It’s a call to action to the friends, peers and colleagues on the sidelines, because being a witness, and doing nothing, is wrong.In Australia, at least one in ten students say they’ve experienced cyberbullying. The Australian Human Rights Commission is inviting 13 – 17 year olds to make a short two minute video about how they can back-up someone who has been cyberbullied. Read full article

I am a SAHM - My Experience of Depression

<a href="/blogs/susanwhelan/2012/05/30/i-am-a-sahm-my-experience-of-depression">I am a SAHM - My Experience of Depression</a>

I found Yvette’s blog post last week about stay-at-home mothers and depression thought provoking. I am a stay-at-home mum and last year I was diagnosed with depression. It never occurred to me to link the two, however in the past few days I have given quite a bit of thought to the connection and the different pressures and expectations experienced by stay-at-home mothers compared with women who work outside the home. Read full article

Video on Racism in Young Children - Implicit Bias

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/04/12/video-on-racism-in-young-children-implicit-bias">Video on Racism in Young Children - Implicit Bias</a>

Watch this ten minute video for an eye-opening insight into what is called "implicit" racial bias in children - filmed in the United States, it indicated that 70% of the 'white' children automatically took a negative and racially biased point of view of typical playground situations, and more than 30% of 'black' or 'coloured' children did the same. Is this the same in Australia and New Zealand and are parents to blame for this? Read full article

Harvard Professor Talks Sleep Deficit and School Start Times

This is an excerpt from a longer public forum on sleep deficit and health. Professor of Sleep Medicine, Susan Redline M/D. discusses school start times and whether schools should start later. Do current school start times force children to go to school at times when, according to their natural, biological rhythms, they should be asleep? Dr Redline says this problem leads to mood problems and poorer academic performance. Read full article

How Much Sleep Does Your Teenager Need?

<a href="/articles/how-much-sleep-does-your-teenager-need">How Much Sleep Does Your Teenager Need?</a>

It’s common for parents to worry about their teenagers getting enough sleep. Like adults, teenagers’ sleep requirements vary between individuals, depending on how well they function on a certain amount of sleep. But as a general guideline, most teenagers function well on about nine hours sleep per day, says Dr Sarah Blunden, founder of the Australian Centre for Education in Sleep and Director of the Paediatric Sleep Clinic in South Australia. This article covers how much sleep teenagers need and some tips to help them get more of it. Read full article

25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/21/25-words-your-toddler-should-know-and-more">25 Words Your Toddler Should Know and More</a>

Perhaps intriguingly called "Is Your Child Normal" in this segment on Channel 9 Mornings I talked about a recent conference topic of the 25 basic words most toddlers should know - and then we chatted about some preschool and school readiness issues. Parents should not panic if their toddler does not know how to say all the words on this list but it is interesting to read what Professor Descorla (Professor of Psychology and Director of the Child Study Institute, Yale University) recommends parents look for. Read full article

Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2012/02/15/laptop-shooting-shaming-naming-and-parenting">Laptop Shooting - Shaming, Naming and Parenting</a>

...And this week a laptop shooting dad decided to use YouTube and Facebook to punish and humiliate his ungrateful 15 year old daughter for her disrespectful comments about him and his wife, and about all the chores she was expected to do ... I want to briefly comment on two things: Humiliation or shaming of children .... and mainstream and influential media commentators' comments ... Read full article

Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children

<a href="/articles/anniversaries-of-natural-disasters-anxiety-risks-for-children">Anniversaries of Natural Disasters - Anxiety Risks for Children</a>

With anniversaries of the devastating 2011 summer of disasters returning tragic images to our screens, parents should consider the impact on children of repetition of these traumatic events. Australian Council on Children and the Media Vice President and child psychologist Dr C Glenn Cupit, says “parents would be wise to avoid exposing children to replays of footage of disasters.” Although children may not have physically experienced the traumatic event, exposure to disaster-related media “can leave children with lasting memories, the recall of which can create anxiety and stress.” Read full article