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Playground Speak - It's Out of Line Sometimes

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/21/playground-speak-its-out-of-line-sometimes">Playground Speak - It&#039;s Out of Line Sometimes</a>

We have three boys and like many other kids, I suspect, they have had a tendency to refer to things they don't like as "gay" or even "retarded". This is playground speak and some people might advise me to just let it go. But I detest this kind of language coming from kids or anyone...language is a tool much stronger than the proverbial "sticks and stones" and I feel strongly that children need to learn about its impact and develop some empathy for people... Read full article

Are Gifted Children More or Less Emotionally Intelligent?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/08/11/are-gifted-children-more-or-less-emotionally-intelligent">Are Gifted Children More or Less Emotionally Intelligent?</a>

Sorry, I can't answer the question posed in the title of this post. I'm fairly sure that the question can't really be answered at all. And the more research I read about this issue, the more convinced I am that it's important not to generalise and stereotype on the topic of giftedness and social skills. I do believe that often giftedness in children brings with it many social and emotional challenges but I do not believe that giftedness equals lower levels of emotional intelligence. Read full article

Tune Into Kids - Reduce Tantrums - Part 2

<a href="/articles/tune-into-kids-reduce-tantrums-part-2">Tune Into Kids - Reduce Tantrums - Part 2</a>

Dr Sophie Havighurst is a child clinical psychologist and senior lecturer at the University of Melbourne in the Child Psychiatry Department. Sophie is the principal investigator in the Tuning Into Kids Parenting Program. In part 2 of this interview, Sophie talks about teenagers, difficult children and resilience. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence Skills - Empathy

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-skills-empathy">Emotional Intelligence Skills - Empathy</a>

The writer McEwan said that "Empathy is the building block of our moral system" - teaching children empathy is in fact an important foundation for raising an emotionally intelligent child. Children with good social skills tend to be empathetic and use that skill to get on well with others. Read full article