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University Seeks Teenagers' Views on Sexting

By Yvette Vignando - 16th July 2013

Earlier this month four teenagers from a Melbourne school were arrested after allegations that explicit photographs of 15 and 14 year old students had been passed around using mobile technology - the offence for sexting is described as "knowingly communicating a private activity". Teenagers are being asked to fill in this online survey asking their views about sexting - for Institute of Criminology research.

Judging Children by Their Names. What?

By Yvette Vignando - 9th July 2013

I had to think about whether to share this video. In the end I decided to share it for your amusement. A UK reality show personality shares her beliefs about judging children's qualities and suitability for her children's company - based on their names. Watch this and prepare to be amazed by another human.

Infectious Baby Laughter - a Funny Power Drill

By Yvette Vignando - 8th July 2013

Watch a baby laugh hysterically at the short burst of noise from a small power drill. We are a big fan of baby's laughter here at happychild. Send this to anyone who needs a smile on their face today. Short one minute video.

Competition–Win Free Registration to the Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference

By Yvette Vignando - 26th June 2013

Win free registration to the Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference in Canberra in October/November. Described as a "call to action", the program promises to be participative, innovative, stimulating, thought-provoking and enriching. Posing the questions: What vision do we want for our future? and Where should we be focussing our attention and efforts?, the conference will focus on what we can do to ensure children's social and emotional wellbeing and good mental health.

Mindfulness in Schools - TedX talk - How Does it Work?

By Yvette Vignando - 25th June 2013

Co-creator of Mindfulness in Schools, teacher Richard Burnett talks about the project and how mindfulness is important to wellbeing and happiness. Includes a mindfulness exercise to experience

Mindfulness - If I Could Wind Back Time for Our Children

By Yvette Vignando - 25th June 2013

If I could rewind time with our kids, teaching them more mindfulness-based habits is one thing I would do...This month, the British Journal of Psychiatry has published research showing that after a nine week mindfulness program at school, teens experienced fewer depressive symptoms, lower stress and greater overall wellbeing.

Baby Vervet Monkeys for your Dose of Cute

By Yvette Vignando - 24th June 2013

Some furry baby monkeys frolicking - waste a bit of time with your toddler or preschooler watching these cuties playing together. Remind you of anyone?

Four Babies Laughing - Can't Ask For More

By Yvette Vignando - 17th May 2013

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.

American Children are Intelligent and Aussie Kids are Happy?

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...

Working Mothers or Working Parents - Language is Powerful

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...