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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

Declining Teen Sleep and the Link to Peer and Parent Relationships

<a href="/articles/declining-teen-sleep-and-the-link-to-peer-and-parent-relationships">Declining Teen Sleep and the Link to Peer and Parent Relationships</a>

A new study, published in December in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, concludes it is not only biological factors that are causing disruption to adolescents’ sleep. The study, led by Professor Maume from the University of Cincinnati, suggests that social ties, including relationships with peers and parents, may be even more important than biological changes as predictors of teen sleep behaviours. Read full article

Christmas Concerns? Advice from an Expert

<a href="/blogs/2013/12/17/christmas-concerns-advice-from-an-expert">Christmas Concerns? Advice from an Expert</a>

Gifts, Santa, and family time. While most children are thrilled by the approach of Christmas, some parents have mixed feelings. Dr Marc de Rosnay*, from the University of Sydney’s School of Psychology, talks you through some possible concerns you might have about your children: Read full article

Interview with Megan Mitchell – Australia's National Children's Commissioner

<a href="/articles/interview-with-megan-mitchell-%E2%80%93-australias-national-childrens-commissioner">Interview with Megan Mitchell – Australia&#039;s National Children&#039;s Commissioner</a>

This week, happychild had the privilege of speaking with Megan Mitchell, Australia’s first National Children’s Commissioner. We were interested to understand more about her role and what she has to say about the state of children’s rights in Australia after her first eight months on the job. Read full article

Michelle's Top Internet Finds

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/12/04/michelles-top-internet-finds">Michelle&#039;s Top Internet Finds</a>

Here is this week's best-of-the-best child and parenting articles found on the internet, selected by happychild contributor, Michelle Higgins. This week, topics include motherhood, education, literacy, and talking to children about sex education. Read full article

Safer Digital Toys For Christmas

<a href="/articles/safer-digital-toys-for-christmas">Safer Digital Toys For Christmas</a>

Many parents will be buying a new digital 'toy' for their child this Christmas, whether it's a new tablet, iPod or smart phone. While many of these digital devices look like toys – they are now in bright colours and even 2-year-olds are familiar with how to use them – they are, in fact, a gateway to the much wider world of the internet. And it is the internet where children are at risk of unintentionally viewing adult content, potentially shocking and disturbing to them. Read full article

How Parents Can Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Their Baby

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2013/11/28/how-parents-can-meet-the-social-and-emotional-needs-of-their-baby">How Parents Can Meet the Social and Emotional Needs of Their Baby</a>

Apart from having necessary physical needs to be met, human babies have social and emotional needs, that when fulfilled, teach them how to interact with people, connect, form trusting relationships with others and understand their own emotions. This video offers simple guidance for parents on how to lay the foundation for social and emotional learning. Read full article

What 10-12-Year-Olds Really Think

<a href="/articles/what-10-12-year-olds-really-think">What 10-12-Year-Olds Really Think</a>

Findings from the fourth annual Small Voices, Big Dreams survey, commissioned by the ChildFund Alliance, uncovered the unique views of today’s 10-12-year-olds. Their ideas on violence, peace, heroes and happiness were explored in a survey that included nearly 6,500 children from 47 countries (36 developing; 11 developed), including 202 Australians. Read full article

Michelle's Top Internet Finds

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2013/11/27/michelles-top-internet-finds">Michelle&#039;s Top Internet Finds</a>

Welcome to my new weekly column where I present an eclectic mix of articles from around the globe on all things related to children and parenting. This week, topics include pregnancy and childbirth, media effects on children, special needs, and education. Read full article

My Mum is a Cleaner...A Doctor...An Angel

Children observe their mums and after watching everything she does all day, Mum is called an angel and wished sweet dreams. The sweetest 2-minute video you will see today. Read full article