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Mummy, Are You Beautiful? - What Would You Say?

<a href="/blogs/meganblandford/2011/09/12/mummy-are-you-beautiful-what-would-you-say">Mummy, Are You Beautiful? - What Would You Say?</a>

"Mummy, am I beautiful?" - "Yes, you are so beautiful!" - "Mummy, are you beautiful?" Children don’t realise how confronting, or how relevant, their questions can be. When my three-year-old daughter posed the question, "Are you beautiful?" to me, I hesitated. And I gave her the answer I knew I should give: "Yes. Yes, I am." This is a question that, once upon a time, I would have laughed at. Read full article

Can a Children's Playground Really Be Too Safe?

Some researchers have suggested that the very safe playgrounds of today are depriving children of the opportunity to challenge themselves - they say a playground is a place where children can encounter and learn to overcome fears. Yvette Vignando debates this idea with psychologist Michael Carr Gregg on The Morning Show, Channel 7 - Michael bemoans the "woosification" of children. Read full article

Playground Safety and Design - Taking the Heat off Parents?

<a href="/articles/playground-safety-and-design-taking-the-heat-off-parents">Playground Safety and Design - Taking the Heat off Parents?</a>

Are safe playgrounds depriving our children of important emotional development opportunities? By making playgrounds safer and reducing physical risk, are we increasing the risk that children will be more anxious and deprived of chances to master their physical world? The value of a safety-first playground was recently questioned in the New York Times - “Can a Playground be Too Safe?”. The writer referred to comments by Norwegian psychologist, Professor Ellen Sandseter who said that it is best for children to encounter certain physical challenges from an early age so that they learn to master them through play. Read full article

I Have a Young Daughter and I am the Language Police

<a href="/blogs/zoeymartin/2011/02/21/i-have-a-young-daughter-and-i-am-the-language-police">I Have a Young Daughter and I am the Language Police</a>

I once saw a study that showed that teenage girls’ self-esteem was linked to how represented their race was in the mainstream media. It was an American study. So Native Americans who were the most under-represented racial group in the media had the highest level of self-esteem, followed by African Americans with Caucasian teenagers at the bottom of the pile. They drew the conclusion that it was because if you see somebody of the same racial group on the front of a magazine you think that if you just lost the right amount of weight, did the right exercise, had the right clothes or wore the right make up you could look like that. Whereas, somebody of a different racial group would never be able to look like that no matter what changes they made. Read full article

Raising Confident Happy Children

<a href="/parenting-resources/confidence-and-self-esteem/raising-confident-happy-children">Raising Confident Happy Children</a>

Book: Raising Confident Happy Children by Anthony Gunn. What do you do when your son refuses to go to bed because of the monster in the cupboard? Or when your daughter panics before a school play? Or when the death of the family pet prompts anxiety that you're about to drop off the mortal coil? How can we possibly equip our children with all that they need to grow up confident, resilient and brave? Anthony Gunn, psychologist, author and father of a primary schooler offers forty helpful approaches, explaining common fears and setbacks and how to combat them. Read full article

The Confident Child - Raising Children to Believe in Themselves

<a href="/parenting-resources/confidence-and-self-esteem/the-confident-child-raising-children-to-believe-in-th">The Confident Child - Raising Children to Believe in Themselves</a>

Book : The Confident Child by Terri Apter believes that raising confident, motivated, and caring children is a parent's greatest challenge. Drawing on her own extensive research on children and parents, Terri Apter has created in The Confident Child, a guide based on emotional coaching. 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

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

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

Is there a "Dangerous" Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/29/is-there-a-dangerous-rise-in-therapeutic-education-for-children">Is there a  &quot;Dangerous&quot; Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?</a>

A book published by two Oxford Brookes University academics suggested that a rise in “therapeutic education” in schools could be a bad development. The book is called The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education. Apparently the book criticises school lessons that contain “social and emotional” content on the basis that these lessons may turn children into introverted, self-obsessed people who can not take criticism. Read full article