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Interview with Marita Cheng - Young Australian of the Year 2012

<a href="/articles/interview-with-marita-cheng-young-australian-of-the-year-2012">Interview with Marita Cheng - Young Australian of the Year 2012</a>

Marita Cheng grew up poor, living in a housing commission home in north Queensland. Marita was an excellent student in school, finishing in the top 0.2% of the nation. After graduating, Marita moved to Melbourne to start her engineering studies. In 2008, she founded the not-for-profit, Robogals. In 2012, she was named Australia’s Young Australian of the Year. Marita recently spoke at Sydney’s Young Minds Conference where the theme was How Do We Grow a Good Person? Afterwards, happychild spoke with Marita about what it takes to achieve your dreams. 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

How You Praise Your Toddler Has a Lasting Impact

<a href="/articles/how-you-praise-your-toddler-has-a-lasting-impact">How You Praise Your Toddler Has a Lasting Impact</a>

In a study that is the first of its kind, researchers observing real-world parent-child interactions have shown the lasting effect of parents’ praise on their children’s behaviours and thoughts. In this article, reporting on the research, you will learn about which type of praise has a positive impact on children's motivation and persistence, and be provided with examples. 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

Using Mindfulness for Teacher Wellbeing

<a href="/articles/using-mindfulness-for-teacher-wellbeing">Using Mindfulness for Teacher Wellbeing</a>

Promising results from pilot studies of teachers using mindfulness in classrooms are exciting educators who say that nurturing teacher mindfulness is a great opportunity to create a caring classroom... results from a study ...of 50 teachers participating in a professional development program facilitated by CARE ... showed that having mindfulness practice in the classroom helped teachers to achieve goals in the classroom, regulate their emotions better, and relate better to students. 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

Why Unstructured Play is Important for Your Child

<a href="/articles/why-unstructured-play-is-important-for-your-child-0">Why Unstructured Play is Important for Your Child</a>

Unstructured, unsupervised fun could be more beneficial for your child's future than you realise. Parents are feeling they need to provide an array of structured and adult-directed activities to raise smarter children...but it is also backfiring as children are not being given the freedom to develop their own interests and creativity. Read full article

Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life

<a href="/articles/teaching-emotional-intelligence-how-schools-can-educate-children-for-life">Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life</a>

Step into Anna Kearney’s third grade classroom, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, and you will see amongst the usual colourful art projects, a row of plastic cups stapled to the wall. There are ten numbered cups in all and they are part of Self Science, a social and emotional education curriculum developed by 6 Seconds ... Time spent on Self Science has not detracted from other academic learning, says Kearney, but instead has enhanced learning across the board. 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

Podcast How to Raise a Resilient Child with Michael Grose Parenting Educator

<a href="/audio/podcast-how-to-raise-a-resilient-child-with-michael-grose-parenting-educator">Podcast How to Raise a Resilient Child with Michael Grose Parenting Educator</a>

Michael Grose is an Australian parenting educator and author. In this one hour recording, he speaks with Yvette Vignando about how to raise a resilient child; how to build your own resilience as a parent; the main ingredients of a resilient family; how to develop resourcefulness, independence and persistence in your children and how to help your children cope with change, failure or conflict. Read full article