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Victim of Bullying - What Now?

On Channel 7 The Morning Show Yvette Vignando, Brett Murray and Sally Ann McCormack spoke with the hosts about the apparent hero status given to the victim of a dreadful bullying incident in a Sydney school. What should parents do in these circumstances? 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

Bystanders, Bullying and Breaking Points

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/03/16/bystanders-bullying-and-breaking-points">Bystanders, Bullying and Breaking Points</a>

A video shared online this week shows a very distressing scene of a smaller Year 7 boy hitting a larger Year 10 boy in the face and body while several students stand by (including the camera person) - watching and making comments. The video footage culminates in the smaller boy being injured. A part of this video was shown to me by crew at The Morning Show on Channel 7 yesterday morning - a pure coincidence, as I was about to talk about approaches parents can take if they find out that their child is a bully Read full article

Parents - What to Do if Your Child is a Bully

Video interview, Yvette Vignando on The Morning Show Channel 7 with ideas for parents on what to do if your child is being a bully. Includes signs your child may be bullying, what leads a child to bully how to help your child back to a happy life at school. Read full article

Messages to Bullies - Forgiven not Forgotten

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/03/14/messages-to-bullies-forgiven-not-forgotten">Messages to Bullies - Forgiven not Forgotten</a>

I’m writing a feature article about the effects of bullying. To prepare for the article I asked several adults about what they’d say now to the people that mercilessly and sometimes violently bullied them in childhood. Perhaps unsurprisingly, most of them said they had nothing they’d want to say. But their reactions to this question are still important and poignant reminders about why schools and parents need to keep talking about how to reduce the incidence of bullying. Read full article

My Child is Being Bullied - He's Four - My Heart Hurts

<a href="/blogs/meganstanish/2011/02/14/my-child-is-being-bullied-hes-four-my-heart-hurts">My Child is Being Bullied - He&#039;s Four - My Heart Hurts</a>

My Bear is 4-1/2 years old, and he is a sweet, bookish child who makes a point of sharing and complimenting and thanking. Every time he is given something – a lollipop at the doctor or a piece of candy at swimming lessons or a toy – he insists on getting something for his little sister, too. And for 2 years now, he has been the target for aggressive kids. I hate labeling it “bullying.” Whenever I do refer to what happens to him as bullying, the whole thing seems so harsh, so huge … my heart hurts too much. Because he’s 4-1/2 years old. Read full article

Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/30/parents-and-teachers-is-there-a-great-divide-in-education">Parents and Teachers - is there a Great Divide in Education?</a>

Today the Sunday Telegraph published a story headlined "Our Great Divide on Schools Revealed." The gist of the article is that parents want more say in the running of schools and they want the best teachers rewarded. I say yes to both of those ideas but I don't believe there's necessarily a "deep divide"... 49% of teachers surveyed do not want excellent teachers to receive more than their colleagues that under-perform ... 48% of teachers do not want “bad teachers” to be sacked Read full article

How to Know When Your Child is Emotionally Ready for School

<a href="/articles/how-to-know-when-your-child-is-emotionally-ready-for-school">How to Know When Your Child is Emotionally Ready for School</a>

How do you know if your pre-school child will cope with the pressures of school? School is a big step - who will look after him when he falls over, who will help him open his lunchbox, who will remind him to go to the toilet? Suddenly your child is in a class of 25, in a school uniform, with expectations placed upon him that may be beyond his capabilities - will the teacher know that? The issue of school readiness is one that many parents are concerned about. Read full article

Open Letter to Australian Prime Minister -Teach Emotional Intelligence in Schools

An open letter via video from parent of three boys, emotional intelligence expert and parenting publisher Yvette Vignando - asking for Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister for Education Peter Garrett to take action on including a quality social and emotional learning program in the Australian National Curriculum. 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