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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

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

Teacher Resource for Young Children Learning Emotional Intelligence

<a href="/articles/teacher-resource-for-young-children-learning-emotional-intelligence">Teacher Resource for Young Children Learning Emotional Intelligence</a>

The Bear Cards ® are designed to be an easy and fun way of building emotional intelligence in children. An effective and entertaining teacher and resource, also for parenting, the eye catching set of 48 cards depicts Bear experiencing a wide range of emotions, and invites conversations about feelings that children sometimes don’t have the language or opportunity to discuss. Could a set of cards with a bear on them really build emotional intelligence, you ask? Read full article

Positivity - Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/positivity-top-notch-research-reveals-the-3-to-1-ratio-">Positivity - Top Notch Research Reveals the 3 to 1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life</a>

World renowned researcher Dr. Barbara Fredrickson provides the lab-tested tools necessary to create a healthier, more vibrant, and flourishing life through a process she calls "the upward spiral." You'll discover:What positivity is, and why it needs to be heartfelt to be effective; The ten sometimes surprising forms of positivity; Why positivity is more important than happiness; How positivity can enhance relationships, work, and health, and how it relieves depression, broadens minds, and builds lives ;The top-notch research that backs the 3-to-1 "positivity ratio" as a key tipping point ... Read full article

Benefits of Teaching Positivity to Children

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Follow the advice of "fake it 'til you make it" or just "be positive", and you may end up oozing a kind of "toxic insincerity" says Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, Professor of Psychology and specialist investigator of positive emotions and psychophysiology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Fredrickson was speaking at a workshop that was part of the Young Minds conference held last week at Darling Harbour in Sydney. Teaching the benefits of positivity, Dr. Fredrickson says instead of ‘thinking positive’, we should aim to identify the experiences and contexts that give us a positive emotion, and then repeat them. Research indicates that experiencing positive and negative emotions in about a 3-to-1 ratio, has the potential to enhance your relationships, improve your health, relieve depression, and broaden your mind. Read full article

Best Start

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-management-and-self-control/best-start">Best Start</a>

Best Start by Lynn Jenkins, clinical psychologist, is for parents who want to understand their baby's or toddler's emotional needs. This book explains the importance of the quality of your baby's early experiences and interactions and how these influence how your child develops. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen

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A content-rich podcast on the connections between emotional intelligence in children and academic success. Children with stronger social and emotional skills do better academically and socially. Professor Cohen defines "social and emotional learning" and shares the important research on character education and emotional intelligence education. This recording is a "must listen" for every parent and teacher. Read full article

Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1

<a href="/articles/interview-professor-jonathan-cohen-emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-part-1">Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1</a>

Professor Jonathan Cohen is an adjunct professor in psychology and education at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, and an adjunct professor in education at the School of Professional studies at the City University of New York. Yvette Vignando spoke to Professor Cohen about a subject that she is passionate about: the connection between children's social and emotional skills, sometimes called their emotional intelligence, and their success at school. Read full article

Tune Into Kids - Reduce Tantrums - Part 2

<a href="/articles/tune-into-kids-reduce-tantrums-part-2">Tune Into Kids - Reduce Tantrums - Part 2</a>

Dr Sophie Havighurst is a child clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne in the Child Psychiatry Department. Sophie is the principal investigator in the Tuning Into Kids Parenting Program. In part 2 of this interview, Sophie talks about teenagers, difficult children and resilience. Read full article

Tune Into Kids - Reduce Tantrums

<a href="/articles/tune-into-kids-reduce-tantrums">Tune Into Kids - Reduce Tantrums</a>

Dr Sophie Havighurst is a child clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne in the Child Psychiatry Department. Sophie is the principal investigator in the Tuning Into Kids Parenting Program. In part 1 of this interview, Sophie talks about parents learning how to teach children about dealing with emotions and feelings and even reduce tantrums. Read full article