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Take a Seat - Make a Friend - Try this in a School?

<a href="/articles/take-a-seat-make-a-friend-try-this-in-a-school">Take a Seat - Make a Friend - Try this in a School?</a>

A beautiful video from Soul Pancake called "Take a Seat - Make a Friend". We think this would be a brilliant exercise for a Primary or Elementary school to help children get to know each other, make friends, and appreciate diversity. This is great. Take 5 minutes and enjoy this. Read full article

You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child

<a href="/blogs/kylie-l/2013/02/11/you%E2%80%99re-only-ever-as-happy-as-your-unhappiest-child">You’re Only Ever as Happy as Your Unhappiest Child</a>

Last year, my twelve year old son went through a tough time at school. It happened in grade six, his final year at the tiny local primary he’d attended ever since he started prep… attended, that is, until we pulled him out in grade five, when our family decided to spend a year living in the north of Australia. Up until this time Declan had loved school, and was close to pretty much all the nine other boys in his year level, with whom he’d always shared a class...When we left everything was perfect, but when we returned everything had changed. Read full article

UNICEF Day for Children - Is Your School Involved?

Share this with your children and their schools. On UNICEF Day for Children, kids can help make a difference to children all over the world. It's also a great way of educating children about human rights. Video features children's author, Morris Gleitzman.UNICEF Day for Children is on 24th October 2012. Read full article

Why BFFs - Best Friends 'Forever' - are Good for Children

<a href="/articles/why-bffs-best-friends-forever-are-good-for-children">Why BFFs - Best Friends &#039;Forever&#039; - are Good for Children</a>

Anyone helped through hard times by a close friend knows how much that support meant to them, but do close childhood friendships play an important role in long-term emotional development? Dr William Bukowski, Professor in the Department of Psychology at Concordia University, Canada, has researched how experiences with close peers affect a child’s social competence and wellbeing. His research indicates that friendships have a protective impact on our children’s emotional wellbeing by affecting how a child’s brain deals with stress immediately after a negative event. Read full article

A School Based on Kindness

In this four minute video, watch what happens everyday in a school in Seattle dubbed The Kindness School. Students start each day talking about something they appreciate. Kindness activities and community interactions are everyday business. Academic classes are not essential. Can traditional schools learn anything from this approach? 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

Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/28/children-tell-adults-about-what-makes-them-feel-happy">Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy</a>

“…if I could ask any child what they would like in the world I would definitely ask it. I think it would be interesting to find out what everyone’s ideas are. What they want…” (14-year old girl). When we are asked what we want most for our children, most of us will answer “happiness”. Asking children about what contributes to their feelings of wellbeing reveals some insightful answers to how we can provide that happy life. A study, conducted by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and published in 2007, highlighted the importance of adults using parenting and educational practices that promote children’s emotional and social well-being. Read full article

10 Mindful Minutes

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/10-mindful-minutes">10 Mindful Minutes</a>

From the bestselling author, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation, a practical guide for parents to help children cope with stress, improve concentration and lead happier lives. Goldie Hawn offers parents a practical guide for helping their children to learn better and live more happily. Based on the MindUP programme, supported by the Hawn Foundation, 10 Mindful Minutes outlines short, practical exercises for parents and children - taking less than 10 minutes - to help young children and teenagers. Read full article

Will this Pen Licence Be Valid in High School?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/05/27/will-this-pen-licence-be-valid-in-high-school">Will this Pen Licence Be Valid in High School?</a>

For the last three weeks Mr 9 has had something on his mind. He wants a licence. Not a driver's licence, nor the pilot's licence that one of his big brothers is craving, but a 'pen licence'. At his primary school, a "pen licence" is permission from the teacher to use a pen in his school books; this sought-after privilege is granted to children who've been using pencil for three or four years but have developed their handwriting skills to the level required by their classroom teacher. Read full article

Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too

<a href="/articles/emotional-literacy-belongs-in-schools-too">Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too</a>

There are many examples of individual schools in the United States, the UK and even in Australia, that deliver emotional intelligence curriculum to students simply because they have been fortunate enough to have the human and financial resources (and sometimes support from a University). This video example (is a) reminder of how and why a school uses emotional literacy to improve educational outcomes and the school environment. Read full article