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Doing Stuff With Your Kids - And Leaving the Washing Behind

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/03/02/doing-stuff-with-your-kids-and-leaving-the-washing-behind">Doing Stuff With Your Kids - And Leaving the Washing Behind</a>

My friend, Barney, recently commented on my Facebook page, “Gee you get about!” He was commenting on a photograph of the kids on our most recent weekend away. I admit it had been a busy week. I’d done an overnighter to Sydney for an early morning meeting at the ABC’s head office in Ultimo, I had moderated a business forum thing back home in Newcastle .. and a few other odds and sods on top of doing my daily radio show. Nothing particularly unusual for a week in the life of me. Read full article

Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/happy-children-secrets-of-how-they-think">Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think</a>

Interviews with children about how they view their lives and the world around them. Elizabeth Gould, conducted wide-ranging interviews and now tells the children's stories and reveals four distinct patterns of how these happy children think. Even though these happy children face all the usual ups and downs of childhood, including bullying and family issues, they have found a way to be happy and stay happy. Read full article

A Chocolate Cake to Feed Lots of Children

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/07/a-chocolate-cake-to-feed-lots-of-children">A Chocolate Cake to Feed Lots of Children</a>

Chocolate Cake can assist in raising happy children! At the request of a friend on Twitter this morning, I'm sharing my favourite quick standby chocolate cake recipe that feeds a truckload of visiting children. We have three boys in our family so this chocolate cake recipe comes in handy. They think it's the best chocolate cake ever, especially as they can make it themselves. Read full article

The World According to Kids

Book: The World According to Kids by Sally Collings. A book full of funny things children have said as well as children's wide-eyed philosophies about the world. Scattered with lovely illustrations, this book is filled with a sense of love for children and their thoughts. Read full article

Children of Celebrities - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/01/children-of-celebrities-will-smith-and-jada-pinkett-smith">Children of Celebrities - Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith</a>

In the past few days there has been interest in a story about author Terry McMillan's comments (on Twitter) regarding the parenting decisions made by Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Two of their three children are building a career in the entertainment industry and appear to be making a success of it. Sure, their parents' wealth and connections would be playing a large part in the opportunities presented to them, but are Jada and Willow Smith being harmed by their early career development? Read full article

What Do You Most Want For Your Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/12/03/what-do-you-most-want-for-your-children">What Do You Most Want For Your Children?</a>

One of the main reasons I changed careers (from lawyer to executive coaching and now parenting publishing) was because I became a parent. I loved many things about being a lawyer, but there were a few other things pressing on my mind and heart ...I read Daniel Goleman’s book Emotional Intelligence, Why It Can Matter More than IQ and felt instantly that the ideas in that book represented the path to what I wanted most for our children: happiness and fulfilment, people to love them and people for them to love. Read full article

The Complete Secrets of Happy Children

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-complete-secrets-of-happy-children">The Complete Secrets of Happy Children</a>

Book: The Complete Secrets of Happy Children by Steve Biddulph. This book is a special, combined edition of the highly acclaimed best-sellers "The Secrets of Happy Children" and "More Secrets of Happy Children". Parents will discover what's really happening inside kid's minds, and what to do about it. And you will find out how to be a stronger, more loving, more definite and more relaxed parent. Also covered are important concerns of parents today such as: how to help toddlers and children feel secure and settled; discipline methods that work (without hitting or yelling); making sure your love gets through; being the best kind of dad; and the childcare dilemma. 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

Childrens' Health Enhanced by More than Fruit and Vegetables

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/11/childrens-health-enhanced-by-more-than-fruit-and-vegetables">Childrens&#039; Health Enhanced by More than Fruit and Vegetables</a>

In an article published in the Journal of Happiness Studies, it was concluded that happiness prolongs the life of healthy people and may even protect against us falling ill. Scientists have known for some time that stress can have a negative effect on our immune systems. Probably I am slightly more paranoid that the average parent but I often think about my kids’ health throughout the day – have they brushed their teeth, did they have enough vegetables at dinner, why aren’t they eating lunch at school, did they do enough physical exercise this week? Read full article

Triple P Parenting Course - Best Thing I've Done

<a href="/blogs/louisewhite/2010/10/07/triple-p-parenting-course-best-thing-ive-done">Triple P Parenting Course - Best Thing I&#039;ve Done</a>

How did it get so hard? Where did we go wrong? Did I answer my parents back at 3? Surely not. Was I negotiating each time my mother asked me to do something? ...In short, we've been taken to a place we never knew existed. Before kids, I negotiated deals with my eyes closed, confidently presented to a room full of buyers, hosted VIP international client dinners and now, here I am, debating with our daughter...Never one to ask for help, I finally surrendered after another shocking bedtime debating match and turned to my husband and said, “Enough is enough, we need help”. And there it was... Read full article