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Take a Seat - Make a Friend - Try this in a School?

<a href="/articles/take-a-seat-make-a-friend-try-this-in-a-school">Take a Seat - Make a Friend - Try this in a School?</a>

A beautiful video from Soul Pancake called "Take a Seat - Make a Friend". We think this would be a brilliant exercise for a Primary or Elementary school to help children get to know each other, make friends, and appreciate diversity. This is great. Take 5 minutes and enjoy this. Read full article

What Makes Teenagers Stand Up for Bullying Victims?

<a href="/articles/what-makes-teenagers-stand-up-for-bullying-victims">What Makes Teenagers Stand Up for Bullying Victims?</a>

To bully, 'bystand' or 'upstand'? This is the question that adolescents who witness bullying behaviour are processing at the time of an incident. New research from the Harvard Graduate School of Education discovers why teens at school don't always stand up for bullying victims, even though they want to. Read full article

You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child

<a href="/blogs/kylie-l/2013/02/11/you%E2%80%99re-only-ever-as-happy-as-your-unhappiest-child">You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child</a>

Last year, my twelve year old son went through a tough time at school. It happened in grade six, his final year at the tiny local primary he’d attended ever since he started prep… attended, that is, until we pulled him out in grade five, when our family decided to spend a year living in the north of Australia. Up until this time Declan had loved school, and was close to pretty much all the nine other boys in his year level, with whom he’d always shared a class...When we left everything was perfect, but when we returned everything had changed. Read full article

Why BFFs - Best Friends 'Forever' - are Good for Children

<a href="/articles/why-bffs-best-friends-forever-are-good-for-children">Why BFFs - Best Friends &#039;Forever&#039; - are Good for Children</a>

Anyone helped through hard times by a close friend knows how much that support meant to them, but do close childhood friendships play an important role in long-term emotional development? Dr William Bukowski, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Canada, has researched how experiences with close peers affect a child’s social competence and wellbeing. His research indicates that friendships have a protective impact on our children’s emotional wellbeing by affecting how a child’s brain deals with stress immediately after a negative event. Read full article

Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/19/wednesday-19-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Wednesday 19 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Bullying and Facebook ~ Surrogacy, Nicole Kidman ~ Friendship and Genetics ~ Obsessive Parenting ~ Queensland Schools After Floods ~ Attachment, Early Relationships & Happiness ~ Citizenship Education ~ Mathematics Education ~ Teenage Bullying and Suicide Read full article

Gratitude - Connections - Sydney Bloggers Festival

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/10/gratitude-connections-sydney-bloggers-festival">Gratitude - Connections - Sydney Bloggers Festival</a>

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 article

There Were 15 Nine Year Olds in My House - A Birthday Party

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2010/10/31/there-were-15-nine-year-olds-in-my-house-a-birthday-party">There Were 15 Nine Year Olds in My House - A Birthday Party</a>

Just the mere mention of a child's birthday party is enough to send me into a sweat. I hate them. No, really...I simply refuse to pay an exorbitant amount of money for themed parties, clowns, face-painters, magicians, musicians, hookers and blow. Not going to happen. I will, however, spend a goodly amount of money on awesome loot bags for all attendees, great food for kids (no fairy bread here, thank you very much), and great food (and wine) for the adults. Read full article

Thriving at School 2nd Edition

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/thriving-at-school-2nd-edition">Thriving at School 2nd Edition</a>

Book: Thriving at School by John Stewart and John Irvine. An accessible, practical guide to help parents develop their children's attitudes, values and good habits in the early school years, helping them to thrive as happy learners. The authors consider ways to help a child succeed in the classroom, be stimulated to learn, deal with difficulties in the playground, and get on well with others at school and at home. Read full article

How to Help Your Child Make Friends

<a href="/articles/how-to-help-your-child-make-friends">How to Help Your Child Make Friends</a>

Most parents worry about whether their child has enough friends or the right friends at school. Margie Sheedy writes about the important skill of making friends and shares some tips from Dr John Irvine. Read full article