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Gratitude - and Grumpy Moods - Will You Join Me?

By - 03/11/2010 - 08:36

Gratitude is on my mind. Not because I am feeling particularly grateful for one thing but because sometimes an appreciative state of mind can snap me out of a bad mood. I've read numerous times that we can improve our mental health and perhaps even our physical health simply by making a habit of noting all the things we're grateful for. And I believe it can make a difference. Most nights I ask our Mr 8 what he liked about his day so that he can also go to sleep with thoughts of gratitude and happiness. Read full post

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Giving and Receiving Gifts - Teenagers, It's Not a Negotiation

By - 04/11/2010 - 11:06

Gifts and their meaning have changed over the years. I’ve not done an anthropological study on the matter, but it appears to me that, to many people, they have become somewhat of an entitlement. And especially for teens, gifts are sometimes a point of negotiation, or even more alarming, of reward. Read full post

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My Judgemental Mind - Two Dads in the Supermarket

By - 06/11/2010 - 08:20

Last night I went shopping for groceries at 7.30 p.m. Not my favourite way to spend a Friday night. I felt a little guilty because that meant my husband had to cook the dinner for everyone at 7 pm when he got home and I knew Mr 8 would be starving too. On the other hand - why should I feel guilty? I had worked all day and driven children to activities and was now shopping for a dinner party on Saturday night - guilt trip over... But then I saw a dad - I'll call him Mr Cool. Read full post

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Parents - Are You Being Short Changed by 'Me Time' Myth?

By - 08/11/2010 - 10:31

Time – especially time by myself – is my passport to reclaiming some energy, clarity and sanity. I suspect I’m a bit of an introvert by nature: I enjoy being with friends and family, but I recharge my batteries best in solitude...How’s this for a radical idea, though: maybe we are ripping ourselves off with the whole idea of ‘me time’. Maybe it’s a construct of our Western mindset... Read full post

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

By - 09/11/2010 - 09:53

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 post

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Gratitude - Connections - Sydney Bloggers Festival

By - 10/11/2010 - 19:22

Just remembered - last week I committed to blogging about gratitude on a Wednesday. As it happens, I have a lot to be grateful for today. And that's in spite of a low-grade headache and a fast start to the day requiring 3 children and I and husband leaving the house by 7.30 without forgetting to feed the cat. I attended the Sydney Bloggers Festival today. Here's my gratitude list for the day: Read full post

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Yvette, Kerri and Lana: Mums Talk Nonsense

By - 11/11/2010 - 22:40

On 11 November 2010 I met two friends for the first time - Twitter friends, mums, bloggers who share their funny, moving, normal lives with their online audience. As a mother and online publisher, meeting these beautiful mumblogger people I've had a "virtual" relationship with was as much fun as I thought. This video is slightly mad but it's to share the fun with you. It's Yvette Vignando chatting and laughing with Kerri Sackville and Lana Hirschowitz. Read full post

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I Have a Sensitive Child - a Discipline Dilemma

By - 16/11/2010 - 07:50

My husband and I are pretty much chalk and cheese in many ways. Although we have similar values and priorities in life, it's safe to say we have some pretty different approaches when it comes to parenting. My husband is from a rules-based background where you know what the rules are ... I come from a laissez-faire, lead-by-example background where there was so much else going on for my single mother that rules didn't really enter the equation. Read full post

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Open Letter to Australian Prime Minister -Teach Emotional Intelligence in Schools

By - 16/11/2010 - 12:21

An open letter via video from parent of three boys, emotional intelligence expert and parenting publisher Yvette Vignando - asking for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Education Peter Garrett to take action on including a quality social and emotional learning program in the Australian National Curriculum. Read full post

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White Ribbon Day - Sticks, Stones, Words and Children

By - 25/11/2010 - 14:44

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 post

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Friday Happiness - Can You Keep a Secret?

By - 26/11/2010 - 14:01

Video: 2 Minutes with Yvette Vignando excitedly sharing a sneak preview of Mr 8's (soon to be Mr 9) birthday present. Only watch this video if you can keep a secret - because it's not his birthday yet and news travels fast online! Share some happiness and take 2 minutes to watch it. Read full post

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A Christmas Present for Your Child That Lasts All Year

By - 29/11/2010 - 10:04

Possibly the best gift you could give your children this Christmas is to teach them the value of giving...The truth is people consistently over-estimate the impact on their wellbeing of acquiring things and underestimate the impact of giving, especially to those to whom they have an emotional connection. But this can be overcome by encouraging our children to experience the joy of giving directly. A good way to do this is to give them a gift voucher to microcredit charity Kiva. Read full post

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Happiness for Kids Includes a Well Cut Mango Cheek

By - 30/11/2010 - 09:13

In this quick video post Yvette Vignando demonstrates the art of cutting a mango cheek (with a sharp knife) for a child, and comes dangerously close to cutting her own cheek. Yvette loves mangos and uploaded this video to help a friend who claims not to know how to "score" a mango. Enjoy. Read full post

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