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Let's Read - The Australian Government's Call to Families of Young Children

<a href="/articles/lets-read-the-australian-governments-call-to-families-of-young-children">Let&#039;s Read - The Australian Government&#039;s Call to Families of Young Children</a>

A National Early Literacy Campaign launched this week in Australia aims to see all Australian children gain the foundation skills for language, literacy, and ultimately, learning success. Let’s Read is an Australian Government initiative developed by Royal Children’s Hospital’s Centre for Community Child Health, to be implemented by Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and The Smith Family. The campaign delivers this important message - reading with children aged 0-5years is probably the single-most important activity parents can do with their children to enhance their child’s future ability to read and write. Read full article

Kids Fashion Week - It's Too Much Isn't It?

I see no harm in parents getting great enjoyment out of buying cute outfits for their children but there is definitely a line. (In fact, I’m sure there may even be some who think I crossed it when I placed that helicopter hat on my son’s head!) But what is the difference between a kid’s fashion shoot for a catalogue and Kid’s Fashion week? A lot… Read full article

New Health App for Parents to Remember Vaccination Dates

<a href="/articles/new-health-app-for-parents-to-remember-vaccination-dates">New Health App for Parents to Remember Vaccination Dates</a>

‘Save the Date to Vaccinate’ is a new health campaign from NSW Department of Health, aimed squarely at busy parents, to remind them of due dates for their children’s vaccinations. The new App for iPhone and Android phones calculates your child's next immunisation due date and sends a series of reminders to call your family doctor to schedule an appointment for each immunisation. For parents not keen on smartphone apps, a new immunisation website with printable resources has also been launched. Read full article

Toilet Training Twins – Mother of all Messes

<a href="/blogs/rebeccarobinson/2013/03/26/toilet-training-twins-%E2%80%93-mother-of-all-messes">Toilet Training Twins – Mother of all Messes</a>

That got your attention, didn’t it? When other mums think about my life with twins and say to me, “I can’t imagine it…”, I say, you can, just close your eyes and imagine. You have toilet trained one toddler - caught wees and rushed little bot bots to the loo with the speed of a mother possessed. Read full article

Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents - Carmina Burana Music - Brilliant!

<a href="/blogs/2013/03/20/ode-to-sleep-deprived-parents-carmina-burana-music-brilliant">Ode to Sleep Deprived Parents - Carmina Burana Music - Brilliant!</a>

This will make you grin widely - fabulous new lyrics set to the opening chorus music of Carmina Burana and sung by the full Sydney Symphony choir - "O You terror! Get Down From there ...Mum is Getting Cranky .." and so on. For parents of toddlers who just need someone to listen! 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

Working Mothers or Working Parents - Language is Powerful

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/03/19/working-mothers-or-working-parents-language-is-powerful">Working Mothers or Working Parents -  Language is Powerful</a>

A UK personality and businessperson - Hilary Devey - is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying: “I can’t get any women on my board because women generally put their partner and children first.’ and "There are lots of myths about why women are under-represented in the boardroom, but the excuse about a 'glass ceiling' is the worst. I am living proof there’s no such thing.” In my opinion, both of those latter statements are utter nonsense... Read full article

Australia Gets a B Minus on Report Card - Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians

<a href="/articles/australia-gets-a-b-minus-on-report-card-health-and-wellbeing-of-young-australians">Australia Gets a B Minus on Report Card - Health and Wellbeing of Young Australians</a>

This morning at Parliament House Canberra, Ms Elaine Henry OAM, Chairperson of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) launched ARACY's second Report Card on the Wellbeing of Young Australians. Describing Australia as "middle of the road" when it comes to children's health and wellbeing in Australia, the Report Card identifies areas of concern in areas such as child poverty, infant mortality, and youth participation in education and employment. Speaking at the launch, Dr Norman Swan, also a board member of ARACY highglighted income inequality and early childhood education as significant areas of deficit in Australia's policy and practice. Read full article

Creating Room to Read

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/creating-room-to-read">Creating Room to Read</a>

The inspirational story of a former Microsoft executive's quest to build libraries around the world and share the love of books. What's happened since John Wood left Microsoft to change the world? Just ask six million kids in the poorest regions of Asia and Africa. In 1999, at the age of thirty-five, Wood quit a lucrative career to found the nonprofit Room to Read. Described by the San Francisco Chronicle as "the Andrew Carnegie of the developing world," he strived to bring the lessons of the corporate world to the nonprofit sector-and succeeded spectacularly. Read full article

Do Children Know that Seeking Asylum in Australia is Legal?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/03/01/do-children-know-that-seeking-asylum-in-australia-is-legal">Do Children Know that Seeking Asylum in Australia is Legal?</a>

This is a story about reading aloud to our 11 year old. I guess it's also a story reflecting my family's history; I'm acutely aware from my Nana's stories, of the terror of escaping from a country in which you are persecuted. And it's a story about helping children digest media...Last week, I was reading this beautifully illustrated book to our Mr 11 Read full article