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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

My Judgemental Mind - Two Dads in the Supermarket

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/06/my-judgemental-mind-two-dads-in-the-supermarket">My Judgemental Mind - Two Dads in the Supermarket</a>

Last night I went shopping for groceries at 7.30 p.m. Not my favourite way to spend a Friday night. I felt a little guilty because that meant my husband had to cook the dinner for everyone at 7 pm when he got home and I knew Mr 8 would be starving too. On the other hand - why should I feel guilty? I had worked all day and driven children to activities and was now shopping for a dinner party on Saturday night - guilt trip over... But then I saw a dad - I'll call him Mr Cool. Read full article

Podcast The Influencing Parent with Robin Grille Part 2

<a href="/audio/podcast-the-influencing-parent-with-robin-grille-part-2">Podcast The Influencing Parent with Robin Grille Part 2</a>

Recording of webinar with Robin Grille on 29 October 2010 - The Influencing Parent - part 1. Robin Grille talks about a different approach to getting children to behave well, and not just 'do as they are told'. He talks about why punishment of children does not work but natural consequences do.In this podcast Robin Grille also discusses the value of intrinsic rewards and the transient effect of systems such as start charts. Questions and comments from audience and Yvette Vignando, publisher of happychild. Read full article

Podcast The Influencing Parent with Robin Grille Part 1

<a href="/audio/podcast-the-influencing-parent-with-robin-grille-part-1">Podcast The Influencing Parent with Robin Grille Part 1</a>

Recording of webinar with Robin Grille on 22 October 2010 - The Influencing Parent - part 1. Robin Grille talks about the power of empathy, the foundation of good behaviour and creating an emotionally safe environment for children. Questions and comments from audience and Yvette Vignando, publisher of happychild. Read full article

Survival Guide for Parents of Tween Girls

<a href="/articles/survival-guide-for-parents-of-tween-girls">Survival Guide for Parents of Tween Girls</a>

Parenting a Tween feels a bit like you’re running a medieval gauntlet. You know it’s going to be tricky. Some of your friends already have had kids going through the Tween stage, between the ages of nine and 13, and you’ve heard the stories of once happy and empathetic children morphing into self-absorbed, emotional nightmares when they don’t get their way. 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

Who the Hell is Jimmy? Your Teenager's Friend?

<a href="/blogs/mariafuentes/2010/10/19/who-the-hell-is-jimmy-your-teenagers-friend">Who the Hell is Jimmy? Your Teenager&#039;s Friend?</a>

Most parents manage the tween years in this wonderful haze of parenthood. Cut to the onset of adolescence, and you realise that you’ve duped yourself into a false sense of security. You’ve had all these years thinking that the child growing in your family - this happy, communicative child, the one that makes you cards for those special occasions - would grow into an insightful teenager... 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

Happiness is Contagious in a Family

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/05/happiness-is-contagious-in-a-family">Happiness is Contagious in a Family</a>

I guess we all know that if we feel happy, some of this good mood rubs off on our children. You've also probably noticed how quickly your bad mood spreads through the family home on those inevitable 'off' days. Harvard Medical School researcher, Dr Nicholas Christakis, has researched the spread of indicated a link between how we're feeling and how happy (or not) our social networks are. Read full article