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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

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

Benefits of Teaching Positivity to Children

<a href="/articles/benefits-of-teaching-positivity-to-children">Benefits of Teaching Positivity to Children</a>

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

I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness

<a href="/blogs/lynnjenkins/2012/04/24/i-stopped-and-really-saw-my-daughter-moments-of-mindfulness">I Stopped and Really saw My Daughter - Moments of Mindfulness</a>

There are some moments with my kids that are so precious I just want the moment to be permanently recorded forever and stored somewhere safe. I want this so I can re-live the moment and tap into the wonderful feelings that swam over me at the time. For five minutes today I had one of these moments. I was simply sitting on the floor brushing my five year old daughter’s hair while we both listened to Alvin and the Chipmunks soundtrack (of all things!). And I haven’t felt so peaceful and content in a very long time. Read full article

Gratitude - Connections - Sydney Bloggers Festival

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/10/gratitude-connections-sydney-bloggers-festival">Gratitude - Connections - Sydney Bloggers Festival</a>

Just remembered - last week I committed to blogging about gratitude on a Wednesday. As it happens, I have a lot to be grateful for today. And that's in spite of a low-grade headache and a fast start to the day requiring 3 children and I and husband leaving the house by 7.30 without forgetting to feed the cat. I attended the Sydney Bloggers Festival today. Here's my gratitude list for the day: Read full article

Gratitude - and Grumpy Moods - Will You Join Me?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/03/gratitude-and-grumpy-moods-will-you-join-me">Gratitude - and Grumpy Moods - Will You Join Me?</a>

Gratitude is on my mind. Not because I am feeling particularly grateful for one thing but because sometimes an appreciative state of mind can snap me out of a bad mood. I've read numerous times that we can improve our mental health and perhaps even our physical health simply by making a habit of noting all the things we're grateful for. And I believe it can make a difference. Most nights I ask our Mr 8 what he liked about his day so that he can also go to sleep with thoughts of gratitude and happiness. Read full article