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Childrens' Health Enhanced by More than Fruit and Vegetables

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/11/childrens-health-enhanced-by-more-than-fruit-and-vegetables">Childrens&#039; Health Enhanced by More than Fruit and Vegetables</a>

In an article published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, it was concluded that happiness prolongs the life of healthy people and may even protect against us falling ill. Scientists have known for some time that stress can have a negative effect on our immune systems. Probably I am slightly more paranoid that the average parent but I often think about my kids’ health throughout the day – have they brushed their teeth, did they have enough vegetables at dinner, why aren’t they eating lunch at school, did they do enough physical exercise this week? Read full article

Happiness is Contagious in a Family

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/05/happiness-is-contagious-in-a-family">Happiness is Contagious in a Family</a>

I guess we all know that if we feel happy, some of this good mood rubs off on our children. You've also probably noticed how quickly your bad mood spreads through the family home on those inevitable 'off' days. Harvard Medical School researcher, Dr Nicholas Christakis, has researched the spread of indicated a link between how we're feeling and how happy (or not) our social networks are. Read full article

Is there a "Dangerous" Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/29/is-there-a-dangerous-rise-in-therapeutic-education-for-children">Is there a  &quot;Dangerous&quot; Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?</a>

A book published by two Oxford Brookes University academics suggested that a rise in “therapeutic education” in schools could be a bad development. The book is called The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education. Apparently the book criticises school lessons that contain “social and emotional” content on the basis that these lessons may turn children into introverted, self-obsessed people who can not take criticism. Read full article

6 Parent Tips - Building Happiness in Children's Lives - from Tal Ben Shahar

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/27/6-parent-tips-building-happiness-in-childrens-lives-from-tal-ben-sha">6 Parent Tips - Building Happiness in Children&#039;s Lives - from Tal Ben Shahar</a>

I like reading articles and research about what makes people happy. I read them with a critical eye for over-the-top advice that no-one could use and try to find things that are practical and sound like common sense....A Harvard professor, Tal Ben Shahar’s class on happiness was apparently the most popular on campus. No wonder – who doesn’t want to know more about that? Read full article

Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/24/sad-children-outperform-happy-children-really">Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?</a>

Last year I was drawn to a series of articles referring to research from the Universities of Virginia (United States) and Plymouth (United Kingdom) suggesting that for children, happiness may not always mean good academic results. If you have read Martin Seligman’s work on optimism and its value for children’s wellbeing and later success in life, this suggestion could leave you scratching your head and wondering. Read full article

Educating our Children for Long-Lasting Fulfilment

<a href="/blogs/arunabey/2010/07/05/educating-our-children-for-long-lasting-fulfilment">Educating our Children for Long-Lasting Fulfilment</a>

When it comes to bringing up our children most of us would agree we want them to be happy. So the way we educate and raise them should reflect this. Of course when we say we want our kids to be happy we mean we want them to enjoy a holistic sense of wellbeing. Critical to this will be their ability to lead a life which is congruent with their values, priorities and passions. Read full article

How to Motivate Your Child for School and Beyond

<a href="/parenting-resources/academic-success/how-to-motivate-your-child-for-school-and-beyond">How to Motivate Your Child for School and Beyond</a>

Book: How to Motivate Your Child - For School and Beyond by Andrew Martin. A positive guide for parents who want to help their children be the best they can be at school. Andrew Martin identifies the motivational differences between girls and boys and provides practical things to do every day to motivate children that will help them become more interested in learning, stop arguments over homework and reduce fear of failure. Read full article

More Secrets of Happy Children

<a href="/parenting-resources/confidence-and-self-esteem/more-secrets-of-happy-children">More Secrets of Happy Children</a>

Book: More Secrets of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph tackles the important concerns of parents today. It is a book about putting love into action, of knowing what you are doing as a parent and why. Read full article

The Happy Family

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-happy-family">The Happy Family</a>

Book: The Happy Family by Ken and Elizabeth Mellor. This book includes ideas on ways to balance work and family life and ways to ensure your current family works well. There is a section on why we need to look at our own childhood experience of families and understanding the patterns that families get into. Also included is how to handle conflicts and work as a parenting team. Read full article

Raising an Optimistic Child

<a href="/articles/raising-an-optimistic-child">Raising an Optimistic Child</a>

Margie Sheedy writes about the very important skill of optimistic thinking for children. Teaching your child about responding to adversity and identifying their strengths is part of the process. Read some tips on helping your child to have an optimistic outlook. Read full article