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Bullying Prevention Starts at Home

<a href="/articles/bullying-prevention-starts-at-home">Bullying Prevention Starts at Home</a>

Supportive parent involvement together with warm and affectionate parenting, are part of the scaffolding required in children’s lives to reduce the chances of them becoming a bully, a victim or both. Last month, researchers at the University of Warwick and Kingston University published findings from a large-scale analysis of research on bullying and victimisation of children and produced more evidence of the importance of parenting programs to bolster children’s wellbeing. Read full article

Confidence is Not Everything - Encouraging My Child

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2012/09/17/confidence-is-not-everything-encouraging-my-child">Confidence is Not Everything - Encouraging My Child</a>

My daughter had an audition for a local youth orchestra and, not surprisingly, she was nervous. "You are playing your pieces beautifully," I told her after a particularly trying practice that ended in hot angry tears. No I'm not. I sound terrible." Yes she was looking for reassurance but it was more than that. Read full article

Help! I Love Books but My Child is a Reluctant Reader

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/10/10/help-i-love-books-but-my-child-is-a-reluctant-reader">Help! I Love Books but My Child is a Reluctant Reader</a>

I’ve been infatuated with reading ever since I can remember. Not always fine literature: I had a drawer full of Phantom comics when I was about seven, which I would pore over by torchlight after lights out ... So how is it that my kids would do pretty much anything to avoid having to read a book? Read full article

Parents Helping Children Who Are Bullied - Voices of Experience

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/03/20/parents-helping-children-who-are-bullied-voices-of-experience">Parents Helping Children Who Are Bullied - Voices of Experience</a>

As I mentioned in this earlier post 'Messages to Bullies - Forgiven not Forgotten", on 14 March I sent out interviews to a number of adults who offered to share their stories of being bullied as children. Having still not had the time to compile their responses into a coherent article, I keep wanting to publish parts of their stories because it seems the right time for their voices to be heard. Read full article

Parents - It's Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes

<a href="/blogs/arunabey/2010/10/30/parents-its-okay-to-let-your-children-fail-sometimes">Parents - It&#039;s Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes</a>

As Harvard’s Positive Psychology Lecturer and author of best-selling book Happier, Tal Ben Shahar has spent his life studying what makes people happy. And his mantra to his students is “learn to fail, or fail to learn.” This can be applied to parenting too. Letting our children experience minor failures, without rushing in to save them, helps them learn key skills that are essential to deal with the inevitable disappointments of everyday life. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen

<a href="/audio/emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-with-professor-jon-cohen">Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen</a>

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

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 4 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-4-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 4 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 4 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about emotional intelligence and attachment and about how parents can think about their children's levels of emotional intelligence. Read full article