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Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child's Happiness? Research.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/10/is-pocket-money-and-cable-television-a-key-to-your-childs-happiness-">Is Pocket Money and Cable Television a Key to Your Child&#039;s Happiness? Research.</a>

It will sound like a pun but I just don't "buy" this - well not all of it. I love to read research about children's wellbeing and think about its practical application. So headlines about this new UK research caught my eye. For example this one: "Must-have possessions that make a child happy: Why the best things in life aren't always free" ... Researchers for the Children's Society in the UK* surveyed 5500 children about their levels of happiness (also called 'subjective wellbeing') and their access to material goods ... Read full article

How Happy are You Compared with Your Country Average? A Test.

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/11/03/how-happy-are-you-compared-with-your-country-average-a-test">How Happy are You Compared with Your Country Average? A Test.</a>

I had to share this - it's very quick and a bit interesting to compare your results with the rest of your country. A happiness test on Scientific American called "How Happy Are You?" with a table for you to see how your happiness compares with other people in your country and the rest of the world.Positive and negative feelings are measured. I share my results with you too. How did you go and what country are you from? Read full article

Do We Have a Blinkered View of Our Children?

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/11/01/do-we-have-a-blinkered-view-of-our-children">Do We Have a Blinkered View of Our Children?</a>

Sometimes I think all children have double identities. There’s the ‘at home’ child, the one the parents know and love, and there’s the ‘out in the world’ child, the one that the rest of us see. Here’s what I mean ... Read full article

The Father Effect - Positive Effects of Involved Dads

<a href="/articles/the-father-effect-positive-effects-of-involved-dads">The Father Effect - Positive Effects of Involved Dads</a>

While the shift towards shared parenting is real, a recent study found “seventy-five percent of men worry that their jobs prevent them from having the time to be the kind of dads they want to be.” And when asked what single change would make the greatest difference in their ability to juggle work and family life, fathers named workplace flexibility as their top demand. The research shows that fathers are right to want to spend more time with their children. Read full article

Emmanuel Kelly on the X Factor - Must See Inspiration for all Children

If there is only one video you take the time to watch with your children this week, please let it be this one. Arun Abey who occasionally blogs for this site, shared this video with me today. it features the moving and gorgeous singing performance of Emmanuel Kelly on the Australian X Factor - rescued from an Iraqi orphanage with his brother, Emmanuel and his family demonstrate love, compassion, determination and everything that is good about humanity. I promise you will want to show this video to your children. Read full article

Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park

<a href="/articles/best-australian-playgrounds-danks-street-and-plum-garland-memorial-park">Best Australian Playgrounds - Danks Street and Plum Garland Memorial Park</a>

This is a fantastic outing with the kids on a sunny day. Start out on Victoria Avenue picking up supplies at the IGA or grabbing a coffee from one of the cafes near Danks Street. Then head to the Danks St/Victoria Avenue playground where you can relax or catch up with friends whilst the kids explore the toddler-friendly playspaces and equipment including a birds nest swing ... Read full article

Happiness Comes in Small Packages with a Lizard

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/08/22/happiness-comes-in-small-packages-with-a-lizard">Happiness Comes in Small Packages with a Lizard</a>

Possibly the shortest blog post I have ever written. I just had to share this picture of a two dollar item that our nine year old was coveting a few weeks ago. A gecko (lizard) in a tyre, holding a flower. What more could you want? Read full article

Want Less - Freedom for Children and Parents

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/07/15/want-less-freedom-for-children-and-parents">Want Less - Freedom for Children and Parents</a>

I went to the supermarket the other week with two kids in tow. Mostly I try to do the grocery shopping by myself. Not just because I don’t want to manage toilet breaks, hunger pangs and trolley rage – yes, that’s the kids I’m talking about, not me – but because I really quite enjoy supermarkets. I get a kick out of doing per-gram price comparisons, and speculating whether the tin with the redder tomatoes on the label is really likely to deliver the goods. Tragic, I know. Read full article

Time Affluence for Children - a Cure for Affluenza

Preparing for this segment on The Morning Show, I looked up one of my favourite researchers and writers on happiness, Tal Ben Shahar. Ben Shahar has many strings to his bow including teaching Positive Psychology at Harvard and author of best seller books "Happier" and "Being Happy"....Tal Ben Shahar and his colleagues frequently cite the single biggest predictor of happiness as 'Time Affluence' - this is really having time to do things that are important to you and meaningful for you ... Read full article

Four Spoonfuls' of Sugar for Mary Poppins Sydney

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/06/08/four-spoonfuls-of-sugar-for-mary-poppins-sydney">Four Spoonfuls&#039; of Sugar for Mary Poppins Sydney</a>

Review Mary Poppins Musical in Sydney: I remember vividly the first musical I attended as a child. It was Annie, in 1978, and I went with my grandma. What I most remember was being in awe that a little girl like me could be on stage singing in such an amazing voice and that she could remember all the lines - I so wanted to be that girl. Fast forward to 2011, and I went to see a preview performance of Disney's Mary Poppins in Sydney, this time taking our 9 year old son Read full article