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Talking to Infants Gives them a Headstart on School

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Stanford researchers have shown that children whose parents engage them in frequent conversation get a head start on the language skills they'll use in school. Anne Fernald and colleagues at Stanford University conducted experiments that revealed parents who talk to their infant more are improving their child’s language processing skills, which in turn, helps them to learn vocabulary. Exposure to ‘child-directed speech’ – different to overheard speech – appears to sharpen an infant’s ability to process spoken language, critical to language development. Read full article

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

TALK LESS LISTEN MORE

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Book: Talk Less Listen Moore by Michael Hawton As children grow in this world, we need to provide them with tools and methods to ensure that they are the best human beings that they can be. Book: Talk Less Listen More by Michael Hawton This book is written as a practical guide for parents who are dealing with challenging behaviours. It provides parents with strategies and ideas on how to ensure children take responsibility for their actions and are able to determine what is appropriate behaviour. Michael Hawton provides examples, illustrations, maps diagrams and practical information for parents to help them teach and support their children to better manage their emotions and behaviours. Read full article

Seven Top Tips for a Happy Family This Week

<a href="/articles/seven-top-tips-for-a-happy-family-this-week">Seven Top Tips for a Happy Family This Week</a>

Two recent articles published online about simple things that make people happy got us thinking here at happychild – what can parents do this week that will help their children feel happiness? We’ve combined the best of both articles (they are hyperlinked below), mixed with our own expertise and come up with a top tips list of simple things parents can do this week to put happiness back on a busy agenda. This is not about chasing happiness, that obscure ideal we think everyone else is enjoying; this is about being open to the happiness that is present to us each and every day, if we choose to accept it. Read full article

How You Praise Your Toddler Has a Lasting Impact

<a href="/articles/how-you-praise-your-toddler-has-a-lasting-impact">How You Praise Your Toddler Has a Lasting Impact</a>

In a study that is the first of its kind, researchers observing real-world parent-child interactions have shown the lasting effect of parents’ praise on their children’s behaviours and thoughts. In this article, reporting on the research, you will learn about which type of praise has a positive impact on children's motivation and persistence, and be provided with examples. Read full article

Anger Management for Parents

<a href="/articles/anger-management-for-parents">Anger Management for Parents</a>

It's hard to keep your cool when you're a tired and busy parent. What are the signs that you may have a problem with anger/ Allison Tait shares some simple tips to help parents calm their angry outbursts and think more carefully about the causes of the anger. Read full article