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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

Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/01/19/wednesday-19-january-2011-latest-parenting-and-education-news">Wednesday 19 January 2011 Latest Parenting and Education News</a>

Wednesday 19 January 2011 - Links to Latest Parenting and Education news: Bullying and Facebook ~ Surrogacy, Nicole Kidman ~ Friendship and Genetics ~ Obsessive Parenting ~ Queensland Schools After Floods ~ Attachment, Early Relationships & Happiness ~ Citizenship Education ~ Mathematics Education ~ Teenage Bullying and Suicide Read full article

A New Year's Omen - Dolphins and Children - Both Magical

I’m sitting at the dining table with a cool breeze blowing on to my face from the lake and ocean. It’s the new year, 2011, and I’m feeling like I always feel on 1 January: expectant, inexplicably and irrationally optimistic about anything that’s been troubling me and suddenly more grateful than usual for the good things in my life. New Year’s Eve does not hold much attraction for me unless it happens to be a great meal with friends but I do look forward to New Year with a magical belief that all things good can happen in the following year. No idea why. Read full article

How Much Is Enough? Money, Time, Happiness

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/how-much-is-enough-money-time-happiness">How Much Is Enough? Money, Time, Happiness</a>

Book: How Much is Enough by Arun Abey and Andrew Ford. The 2nd Edition of this popular title features an entirely new chapter on the relationship between Kids, Money and Happiness, based on requests from parents for help in this complex area. How can we help our kids achieve emotional resilience and wealth? And why, if we're so rich, aren't we so happy? 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

Learned Optimism

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/learned-optimism">Learned Optimism</a>

Book: Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman. An authority on positive psychology and motivation writes about the positive effects of optimism on the quality of life and provides a program of specific exercises designed to break the pessimism habit and help with depression, while developing an optimistic outlook. Read full article

The Secret of Happy Children

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/the-secret-of-happy-children">The Secret of Happy Children</a>

Book: The Secret of Happy Children by Steve Biddluph. This book helps you with parent-child communication from babyhood to teens. It gives you confidence to be more yourself as a parent - stronger, more loving, more definite, more relaxed. Steve Biddulph, who has worked as a family therapist for over twenty years, reveals what is really happening inside kids' minds, and what to do about it. Read full article

Friday Happiness - Can You Keep a Secret?

Video: 2 Minutes with Yvette Vignando excitedly sharing a sneak preview of Mr 8's (soon to be Mr 9) birthday present. Only watch this video if you can keep a secret - because it's not his birthday yet and news travels fast online! Share some happiness and take 2 minutes to watch it. Read full article

Parents - Are You Being Short Changed by 'Me Time' Myth?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2010/11/08/parents-are-you-being-short-changed-by-me-time-myth">Parents - Are You Being Short Changed by &#039;Me Time&#039; Myth?</a>

Time – especially time by myself – is my passport to reclaiming some energy, clarity and sanity. I suspect I’m a bit of an introvert by nature: I enjoy being with friends and family, but I recharge my batteries best in solitude...How’s this for a radical idea, though: maybe we are ripping ourselves off with the whole idea of ‘me time’. Maybe it’s a construct of our Western mindset... Read full article

Gratitude - and Grumpy Moods - Will You Join Me?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/03/gratitude-and-grumpy-moods-will-you-join-me">Gratitude - and Grumpy Moods - Will You Join Me?</a>

Gratitude is on my mind. Not because I am feeling particularly grateful for one thing but because sometimes an appreciative state of mind can snap me out of a bad mood. I've read numerous times that we can improve our mental health and perhaps even our physical health simply by making a habit of noting all the things we're grateful for. And I believe it can make a difference. Most nights I ask our Mr 8 what he liked about his day so that he can also go to sleep with thoughts of gratitude and happiness. Read full article