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Is Your Dad this Cool? Sending a Toy Train into Space

<a href="/blogs/2012/09/24/is-your-dad-this-cool-sending-a-toy-train-into-space">Is Your Dad this Cool? Sending a Toy Train into Space</a>

On Aug 24th 2012 Ron Fugelseth, Creative Director at Oxygen Productions Inc sent his son's favourite train 'Stanley' to space in a weather balloon with a HD camera and an old cell phone for GPS. He was recovered 27 miles away in a corn field and they filmed some great footage of the trip. This video documents the journey from liftoff to landing. Spotted by Carol Duncan - the video, not the train. Read full article

Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child's Happiness? Research.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/10/is-pocket-money-and-cable-television-a-key-to-your-childs-happiness-">Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child&#039;s Happiness? Research.</a>

It will sound like a pun but I just don't "buy" this - well not all of it. I love to read research about children's wellbeing and think about its practical application. So headlines about this new UK research caught my eye. For example this one: "Must-have possessions that make a child happy: Why the best things in life aren't always free" ... Researchers for the Children's Society in the UK* surveyed 5500 children about their levels of happiness (also called 'subjective wellbeing') and their access to material goods ... Read full article

Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/28/children-tell-adults-about-what-makes-them-feel-happy">Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy</a>

“…if I could ask any child what they would like in the world I would definitely ask it. I think it would be interesting to find out what everyone’s ideas are. What they want…” (14-year old girl). When we are asked what we want most for our children, most of us will answer “happiness”. Asking children about what contributes to their feelings of wellbeing reveals some insightful answers to how we can provide that happy life. A study, conducted by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and published in 2007, highlighted the importance of adults using parenting and educational practices that promote children’s emotional and social well-being. Read full article

My Daughter Learns the Difference between Happiness and Cake

<a href="/blogs/meganblandford/2011/10/03/my-daughter-learns-the-difference-between-happiness-and-cake">My Daughter Learns the Difference between Happiness and Cake</a>

"Mummy, I’m sad,’" my three-year-old said to me. "What’s making you feel sad?’" I sat down next to her and asked. ‘Ummm,’ she said, and I could see the confusion in her eyes as she tried to find the words to answer. Despite her knowledge of hundreds of words, and her almost constant state of conversation, you realise how limited a child’s speech is in moments like these ... Happiness is the current obsession with my daughter ... Read full article

Operation Smile - Creating a Smile on a Young Girl's Face

This video was shared on Twitter by a lovely friend who, like me, was moved by the moving reaction of a young Brazilian girl after a cleft palate operation. Watch her face when she sees herself in the camera towards the end - it's perfect slice of happiness. Operation Smile is a charity organisation that heals children's smiles - they measure themselves by the joy they see on faces. Read full article

Best Laughter Ever - Baby Laughing Hysterically

One of the most smile-inducing videos I have seen. We all love the sound of our own baby laughing at our jokes. Someone mentioned this to me on Twitter tonight and it reminded me of this fabulous video of a Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper. Honestly, you should bookmark this for when you need to be put in a good mood, it's wonderful. Read full article

Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/happy-children-secrets-of-how-they-think">Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think</a>

Interviews with children about how they view their lives and the world around them. Elizabeth Gould, conducted wide-ranging interviews and now tells the children's stories and reveals four distinct patterns of how these happy children think. Even though these happy children face all the usual ups and downs of childhood, including bullying and family issues, they have found a way to be happy and stay happy. Read full article

The Complete Secrets of Happy Children

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-complete-secrets-of-happy-children">The Complete Secrets of Happy Children</a>

Book: The Complete Secrets of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph. This book is a special, combined edition of the highly acclaimed best-sellers "The Secrets of Happy Children" and "More Secrets of Happy Children". Parents will discover what's really happening inside kid's minds, and what to do about it. And you will find out how to be a stronger, more loving, more definite and more relaxed parent. Also covered are important concerns of parents today such as: how to help toddlers and children feel secure and settled; discipline methods that work (without hitting or yelling); making sure your love gets through; being the best kind of dad; and the childcare dilemma. 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