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Winter of Our Disconnect

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/winter-of-our-disconnect">Winter of Our Disconnect</a>

This is a parenting biography with a difference - 6 months in the lives of a family with three teenagers who somehow survived unplugged from technology, just. For any parent who's ever sent a text to their child at the dinner table - or yanked the modem from its socket in a show of primal parental rage - this account of one family's self-imposed exile from the Information Age will leave you ROFLing with recognition. But it may also challenge you to take stock of your own family connections, to create a media ecology that encourages kids - and parents - to thrive. Read full article

My Child is Being Bullied - He's Four - My Heart Hurts

<a href="/blogs/meganstanish/2011/02/14/my-child-is-being-bullied-hes-four-my-heart-hurts">My Child is Being Bullied - He&#039;s Four - My Heart Hurts</a>

My Bear is 4-1/2 years old, and he is a sweet, bookish child who makes a point of sharing and complimenting and thanking. Every time he is given something – a lollipop at the doctor or a piece of candy at swimming lessons or a toy – he insists on getting something for his little sister, too. And for 2 years now, he has been the target for aggressive kids. I hate labeling it “bullying.” Whenever I do refer to what happens to him as bullying, the whole thing seems so harsh, so huge … my heart hurts too much. Because he’s 4-1/2 years old. Read full article

Glee Star on Cosmopolitan Cover Shot - Is Parental Guidance Required?

Glee star Lea Michele appears on the cover of the March edition of US Cosmopolitan. The actress is apparently 24 years old but plays the role of a teenager in the internationally popular television series Glee. In the news is the reaction by some Texas newsagents who have removed the magazine from display and others who have said that the cover shot is overtly sexual and inappropriate for a celebrity who plays a teenager. The implication is that Lea Michele is also something of a role model for young women who watch Glee. Read full article

P!nk's Latest Music Video - Perfect, or Not?

<a href="/blogs/catherine/2011/02/09/pnks-latest-music-video-perfect-or-not">P!nk&#039;s Latest Music Video - Perfect, or Not?</a>

P!nk (Alecia Moore) has just released her latest music video for her current song, “Fkin Perfect”, being given airplay. I must confess I'm partial to P!nk and her music. This is because of what she represents and stands for, and the tunes of course. As I was playing the footage on my computer my 6 and 3 year old wanted to look. I do let them listen to P!nk. I know some of her lyrics contain explicit language so I either sing loudly for those songs and cover the swearing, or I don’t let them listen to those but I don’t believe that she should be censored. Read full article

Teenagers on the Internet: Parents Need to Be Involved

<a href="/blogs/mariafuentes/2011/02/03/teenagers-on-the-internet-parents-need-to-be-involved">Teenagers on the Internet: Parents Need to Be Involved</a>

So the research is in and it tells us that social networking can be a positive influence on teenagers’ lives ... Valkenburg and Peters, from the University of Amsterdam reviewed ten years of research into Internet use by teenagers and concluded that social networking sites increased positive internet use amongst healthy teenagers and enhanced their social functioning. Read full article

Smacking Children - Why It is Not the Answer

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/12/23/smacking-children-why-it-is-not-the-answer">Smacking Children - Why It is Not the Answer</a>

On 10 December 2010 the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth released a statement called "Smacking is Not the Answer". The media release is supported by UNICEF, The Australian Childhood Foundation, The Benevolent Society, Good Beginnings Australia, Pinky McKay and Families Australia. It's worth a read. Read full article

Parenting - Anxiety in Teenagers

<a href="/articles/parenting-anxiety-in-teenagers">Parenting - Anxiety in Teenagers</a>

Parents looking back on their own teenage years might think that anxiety was a normal part of the experience of awkwardly growing into their adult selves. And in fact, a certain level of anxiety is normal in everyone, says Dr Ron Rapee, Director of the Centre for Emotional Health at Macquarie University. But when your teen’s anxiety is starting to interfere with everyday life and preventing them from doing things they should normally enjoy, this could be a sign that your adolescent has a form of anxiety disorder. Read full article

The Princess Bitchface Syndrome

<a href="/parenting-resources/girls/the-princess-bitchface-syndrome">The Princess Bitchface Syndrome</a>

Book: The Princess Bitchface Syndrome, Surviving Adolescent Girls by Michael Carr-Gregg. In this book, Michael Carr-Gregg focuses on the special trials of raising adolescent girls today, what to do when your previously quiet, loving daughter becomes a restless, rebellious stranger who behaves like a responsible adult one day and a vampish brat the next. Read full article

White Ribbon Day - Sticks, Stones, Words and Children

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/25/white-ribbon-day-sticks-stones-words-and-children">White Ribbon Day - Sticks, Stones, Words and Children</a>

November 25th is White Ribbon Day. I just wanted to add my small voice to this campaign. I read on the White Ribbon Day site that "In Australia, one in three women will be assaulted or abused in her lifetime. These women are our mothers, our girlfriends, our wives, our daughters, our colleagues and our friends." I read that and I can hardly imagine it is true, yet I know it is. And I also think of the children that are witnessing physical and verbal abuse in their homes every day. And I think of the effect of children bearing witness to this. Read full article

Operation Enough - I Have Your Grandson. He's Drinking in a Park

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/09/operation-enough-i-have-your-grandson-hes-drinking-in-a-park">Operation Enough - I Have Your Grandson. He&#039;s Drinking in a Park</a>

The term 'Operation Enough' caught my eye as I scanned this morning's news. Police at the St Marys Local Area Command in NSW launched a campaign targeting young people involved in underage drinking and various criminal behaviour. But what really caught my eye was the media release and reports saying "In a new tactic by police, a parent of each and every child was 'phoned and asked to collect their children." ...This post includes ideas for parents of teenagers concerned about unsupervised drinking. Read full article