I confess this was located by HuffPost Parents and I full acknowledge their cleverness in finding this. Surely this will go viral - an adorable one minute of video - quadruplet boys laughing at their dad. I still remember how beautiful and special it was when our three babies laughed at us.
By Yvette Vignando - 1st May 2013
Win one of 5 family passes to a new play centre in Sydney - dress-ups and exploration of the uniquely designed mini-city, children can experience first-hand what it's like to be a doctor, a fire-fighter, a hairdresser, a banker, a restaurateur, a police officer, a TV producer or a postal worker. In the fire station, for example, there's a fire simulator, a fire pole that children can slide down, uniforms to wear and a fire alarm bell to alert the city.
By Yvette Vignando - 15th April 2013
I am loving this – the most common description a sample of Australian parents used for their child is “happy”. How great is that!? I may be biased. But what about the Italians and the Americans? The Spanish, the Swedish, the Dutch?...Apparently American parents have a tendency to talk about their children in terms of their cognitive abilities – their intelligence...
By Yvette Vignando - 19th March 2013
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...
By Yvette Vignando - 13th March 2013
I'm very happy and optimistic about some of the changes the Federal government is proposing to teacher training. Teachers should, I believe, be more highly trained, paid and respected in our society - along with the medical profession, they are pretty much the linchpin of a successful society...If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I believe emotional intelligence education is important. So why would I baulk at the suggestion that new Australian teachers are to be tested for emotional intelligence?
By Yvette Vignando - 1st March 2013
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
This video is poetry, art, music - a performance piece powerfully demonstrating the lasting effects of bullying on a child. Take the time ... think what actions you can take ... to reduce bullying, to support children, and to just be there for the kids that need you.
...Reading new research results from the University of Illinois about the downside of parents honestly revealing their experiences with drugs and alcohol made me realise that my views on honesty and openness come with ... qualification...Results of the new study involving over 550 young teens indicated that children whose parents had shared details of their own drinking, smoking and marijuana use were less likely to think drugs were bad.
By Yvette Vignando - 12th February 2013
This was one of those segments where I was genuinely shocked - a toy maker selling a toy for a young child to "play" at robbing a bank. MSN reports "The toy features a bank manager, armed shooter, gold bars and a cash machine. In case kids can’t envision how to use the pieces, photos accompanying the set show the robber pointing a gun at the manager and forcing a blonde woman to empty the machine. Way to get those young, creative minds flowing."