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A School Based on Kindness

In this four minute video, watch what happens everyday in a school in Seattle dubbed The Kindness School. Students start each day talking about something they appreciate. Kindness activities and community interactions are everyday business. Academic classes are not essential. Can traditional schools learn anything from this approach? Read full article

How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child's Brain

<a href="/articles/how-supportive-parenting-impacts-your-childs-brain">How Supportive Parenting Impacts Your Child&#039;s Brain</a>

The importance of parental love and warmth to children’s emotional wellbeing is widely accepted. It makes sense that a loving childhood may protect children from developing mental illnesses later in life. A recent study by experts at Washington University illustrates why good parenting skills and parent wellbeing is so important that it can even affect the size of an important part of our brain – the hippocampus. Read full article

Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life

<a href="/articles/teaching-emotional-intelligence-how-schools-can-educate-children-for-life">Teaching Emotional Intelligence - How Schools Can Educate Children for Life</a>

Step into Anna Kearney’s third grade classroom, located in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, and you will see amongst the usual colourful art projects, a row of plastic cups stapled to the wall. There are ten numbered cups in all and they are part of Self Science, a social and emotional education curriculum developed by 6 Seconds ... Time spent on Self Science has not detracted from other academic learning, says Kearney, but instead has enhanced learning across the board. Read full article

Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/10/28/children-tell-adults-about-what-makes-them-feel-happy">Children Tell Adults about What Makes Them Feel Happy</a>

“…if I could ask any child what they would like in the world I would definitely ask it. I think it would be interesting to find out what everyone’s ideas are. What they want…” (14-year old girl). When we are asked what we want most for our children, most of us will answer “happiness”. Asking children about what contributes to their feelings of wellbeing reveals some insightful answers to how we can provide that happy life. A study, conducted by the NSW Commission for Children and Young People and published in 2007, highlighted the importance of adults using parenting and educational practices that promote children’s emotional and social well-being. Read full article

10 Mindful Minutes

<a href="/parenting-resources/emotional-self-awareness/10-mindful-minutes">10 Mindful Minutes</a>

From the bestselling author, Academy Award-winning actress and founder of the Hawn Foundation, a practical guide for parents to help children cope with stress, improve concentration and lead happier lives. Goldie Hawn offers parents a practical guide for helping their children to learn better and live more happily. Based on the MindUP programme, supported by the Hawn Foundation, 10 Mindful Minutes outlines short, practical exercises for parents and children - taking less than 10 minutes - to help young children and teenagers. Read full article

Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too

<a href="/articles/emotional-literacy-belongs-in-schools-too">Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too</a>

There are many examples of individual schools in the United States, the UK and even in Australia, that deliver emotional intelligence curriculum to students simply because they have been fortunate enough to have the human and financial resources (and sometimes support from a University). This video example (is a) reminder of how and why a school uses emotional literacy to improve educational outcomes and the school environment. Read full article

podcast How to Help Your Baby Sleep Using Gentle Techniques

<a href="/audio/podcast-how-to-help-your-baby-sleep-using-gentle-techniques">podcast How to Help Your Baby Sleep Using Gentle Techniques</a>

In this one hour webinar Beth Macgregor, co-author of "Helping Your Baby to Sleep, Why Gentle Techniques Work Best" shares information on approaches to your child's ( 0 to 3 years) sleeping that help with your child's emotional development. She explains why responsive parenting is good for your child's sleep and emotional wellbeing. Beth also answers common questions about young children's and babies' sleep habits and sleeping patterns. Read full article

Why Australia Needs Emotional Intelligence in the Curriculum Podcast

<a href="/audio/why-australia-needs-emotional-intelligence-in-the-curriculum-podcast">Why Australia Needs Emotional Intelligence in the Curriculum Podcast</a>

Yvette Vignando is interviewed on ABC 702 Radio Sydney by Sarah MacDonald about why Australia needs Emotional Intelligence in the national school curriculum. What is Emotional Intelligence? How can Emotional Intelligence be taught in school? What is the academic benefit of social and emotional learning? 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

My Oprah Moment - Education - It's More than the Three Rs

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/30/my-oprah-moment-education-its-more-than-the-three-rs">My Oprah Moment - Education - It&#039;s More than the Three Rs</a>

On 1 November 2010 near Drummoyne, Sydney, over 100 people have so far registered to attend the Oprah Show meetup on a topic of great importance - the education system. I will be talking there about the need for emotional intelligence education to be included in the Australian National Curriculum, and sharing the fascinating research into why this is so important. There are only a few tickets left. Full details are in the blogpost. Read full article