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Could Music Be the Key to Improving Resilience in Kids?

<a href="/blogs/2014/06/03/could-music-be-the-key-to-improving-resilience-in-kids">Could Music Be the Key to Improving Resilience in Kids?</a>

Music surrounds us—in shops, at work, on television, and at the movies. We program our own personal soundtracks effortlessly via iPods and similar devices. With new technologies, listening to music has moved from being an active activity to a passive one in a generation. We all 'do music' — but to really reap the benefits we need to engage with music. Going through life with a passive backing track is not enough. Read full article

Is An Emotional Intelligence Curriculum the Key to Bullying Prevention?

<a href="/articles/is-an-emotional-intelligence-curriculum-the-key-to-bullying-prevention">Is An Emotional Intelligence Curriculum the Key to Bullying Prevention?</a>

In school, emotions matter. Not only do children with anxiety and aggression have difficulty focussing and learning, they also tend to be victims or perpetrators of bullying. Whether it’s old-fashioned physical or verbal aggression, ostracism, or online abuse, bullying is deeply rooted in a lack of emotional intelligence skills. These skills can and should be taught, though they seldom are. Read full article

Reducing the Risk of Harm from Allergies with Empathy

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2014/02/04/reducing-the-risk-of-harm-from-allergies-with-empathy">Reducing the Risk of Harm from Allergies with Empathy</a>

The adorable first-day-at-school montages crowd my newsfeed on Facebook – little legs swimming in kaftan-sized uniforms, half a face emerging from under a too-big hat, tiny shoulders swallowed by cavernous backpacks. I love the end-of-day pictures the most – pigtails askew, shoe laces lying like puddles around bitumen-scuffed shoes, tired but happy smiles that say “I did it!” Read full article

Win a Gold Pass to Happiness and its Causes Conference in Sydney

<a href="/articles/win-a-gold-pass-to-happiness-and-its-causes-conference-in-sydney">Win a Gold Pass to Happiness and its Causes Conference in Sydney</a>

***Closing date extended to 21 March, winner informed by 24 March*** WIN a Gold Pass to the 2014 Happiness and its Causes conference in Sydney 29-30 May 2014. Your gold pass gives you access to pre and post conference workshops, permitting a full 4 day experience at the world's leading happiness event! All happychild readers are eligible for a 20% discount using our unique code, listed below. Read full article

Babies Can Detect Fake Emotions

<a href="/articles/babies-can-detect-fake-emotions">Babies Can Detect Fake Emotions</a>

A new study looking at babies’ interpretation of emotional expression finds that babies from as young as 18 months can detect when facial reactions do not match an emotional event that just occurred. In other words, by 18 months, babies can tell if you’re faking it. Read full article

US Boards of Education Issue Policy on Social and Emotional Learning

United States National Association of Boards of Education issue a policy document on the importance of social and emotional learning for students' wellbeing and academic success. Read the policy document. Includes an overview of SEL and research base. Read full article

Empathy for Children, not Penalties, on Planes

<a href="/blogs/mihiriudabage/2013/09/18/empathy-for-children-not-penalties-on-planes">Empathy for Children, not Penalties, on Planes</a>

From news.com.au this week came the headline ‘Noisy kids? You should pay extra on planes’ – an opinion piece by Claudia Connell. She rejects one airline’s new offer that she can pay extra to travel in a quiet zone free from under-12s. Instead, she suggests that families with noisy children should pay the higher penalty, not the people like her "just wanting a quiet journey". Claudia writes that she is “not a person who hates kids,” has “nieces, nephews and godchildren that I adore”, and has “made peace” with the fact that she won’t have her own children. She’s just not fond of crying kids on planes. She’s “sympathetic” of a mother struggling with a bawling baby, but refuses to “accept that it’s now my lot to have my quality of life diminished by having other people’s families forced on me.” Her ticket price should not include “13 hours of hell”, she asserts. Read full article

Discounted Entry to Mind and Its Potential Conference in November 2013, Sydney

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/08/20/discounted-entry-to-mind-and-its-potential-conference-in-november-20">Discounted Entry to Mind and Its Potential Conference in November 2013, Sydney</a>

Stimulate your mind at the 8th annual Mind & Its Potential conference and unleash your brain power in all areas of life! happychild readers can use this promotion code to receive a 20% discount on registration fee. Read full article

5 Keys to Social and Emotional Learning in Schools - Video

Five minute comprehensive video explaining what social and emotional learning means (SEL) in schools and why it is important. Covers social awareness, self awareness, relationship skills and more. Teachers explain why emotional intelligence is an important part of the school curriculum. Read full article

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

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/06/26/competition%E2%80%93win-free-registration-to-the-infant-and-early-childhood-">Competition–Win Free Registration to the Infant and Early Childhood Social and Emotional Wellbeing Conference</a>

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. Read full article