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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

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

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

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

Why Have Good Parents Gone Bad?

<a href="/articles/why-have-good-parents-gone-bad">Why Have Good Parents Gone Bad?</a>

Dr Wendy Mogel asked this question when presenting at the Young Minds Conference in Sydney this week. Dr Mogel is an acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and author of The New York Times best-selling parenting book, The Blessing of a B-Minus. Her presentation explored the ‘new normal’ for today’s parents and she made some practical suggestions for raising self-reliant children and teenagers. Read full article

NexusEQ Conference – Emotion, Neuroscience, Learning, Leadership

<a href="/articles/nexuseq-conference-%E2%80%93-emotion-neuroscience-learning-leadership">NexusEQ Conference – Emotion, Neuroscience, Learning, Leadership</a>

Described as the 'Emotional Intelligence Fair', NexusEQ is a conference that aims to connect the science and practice of emotional intelligence. Read full article

My Son Doesn't Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/11/27/my-son-doesnt-want-surprise-gifts-this-christmas">My Son Doesn&#039;t Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas</a>

This year, there will be no surprises at Christmas time for my six year old son. No, he hasn’t been a ‘naughty boy’ and therefore undeserving of Santa’s generosity. The reason my son will have no surprises is that he will choose all of his presents and be with us when we buy them, in November. They will then be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. Read full article

Dummies or Pacifiers May Affect Emotional Development

<a href="/articles/dummies-or-pacifiers-may-affect-emotional-development">Dummies or Pacifiers May Affect Emotional Development</a>

Recently published research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides another reason for parents to hesitate to use dummies too often with their babies..."Since a baby is not yet verbal - and so much is regulated by facial expression - at least you want parents to be aware that using something like a pacifier limits their baby's ability to understand and explore emotions." says psychology Professor, Paula Niedenthal. Read full article