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Mindfulness in Schools - TedX talk - How Does it Work?

Co-creator of Mindfulness in Schools, teacher Richard Burnett talks about the project and how mindfulness is important to wellbeing and happiness. Includes a mindfulness exercise to experience Read full article

Interview with Marita Cheng - Young Australian of the Year 2012

<a href="/articles/interview-with-marita-cheng-young-australian-of-the-year-2012">Interview with Marita Cheng - Young Australian of the Year 2012</a>

Marita Cheng grew up poor, living in a housing commission home in north Queensland. Marita was an excellent student in school, finishing in the top 0.2% of the nation. After graduating, Marita moved to Melbourne to start her engineering studies. In 2008, she founded the not-for-profit, Robogals. In 2012, she was named Australia’s Young Australian of the Year. Marita recently spoke at Sydney’s Young Minds Conference where the theme was How Do We Grow a Good Person? Afterwards, happychild spoke with Marita about what it takes to achieve your dreams. Read full article

Why Have Good Parents Gone Bad?

<a href="/articles/why-have-good-parents-gone-bad">Why Have Good Parents Gone Bad?</a>

Dr Wendy Mogel asked this question when presenting at the Young Minds Conference in Sydney this week. Dr Mogel is an acclaimed clinical psychologist, parenting expert and author of The New York Times best-selling parenting book, The Blessing of a B-Minus. Her presentation explored the ‘new normal’ for today’s parents and she made some practical suggestions for raising self-reliant children and teenagers. Read full article

NexusEQ Conference – Emotion, Neuroscience, Learning, Leadership

<a href="/articles/nexuseq-conference-%E2%80%93-emotion-neuroscience-learning-leadership">NexusEQ Conference – Emotion, Neuroscience, Learning, Leadership</a>

Described as the 'Emotional Intelligence Fair', NexusEQ is a conference that aims to connect the science and practice of emotional intelligence. Read full article

I'm Not Sure About Testing Student Teachers for Emotional Intelligence

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2013/03/13/im-not-sure-about-testing-student-teachers-for-emotional-intelligenc">I&#039;m Not Sure About Testing Student Teachers for Emotional Intelligence</a>

I'm very happy and optimistic about some of the changes the Federal government is proposing to teacher training. Teachers should, I believe, be more highly trained, paid and respected in our society - along with the medical profession, they are pretty much the linchpin of a successful society...If you know anything about me, you’ll know that I believe emotional intelligence education is important. So why would I baulk at the suggestion that new Australian teachers are to be tested for emotional intelligence? Read full article

Emotional Intelligence Tests for Teachers? Tougher Training? Experts Respond.

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-tests-for-teachers-tougher-training-experts-respond">Emotional Intelligence Tests for Teachers? Tougher Training? Experts Respond.</a>

Trainee teachers would be tested for literacy, numeracy and emotional intelligence under a suite of teacher training reforms released by the Federal Government today. Under the plan, the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) needed to enter a university teaching course may also rise. Four education experts respond to the plan... Read full article

How You Praise Your Toddler Has a Lasting Impact

<a href="/articles/how-you-praise-your-toddler-has-a-lasting-impact">How You Praise Your Toddler Has a Lasting Impact</a>

In a study that is the first of its kind, researchers observing real-world parent-child interactions have shown the lasting effect of parents’ praise on their children’s behaviours and thoughts. In this article, reporting on the research, you will learn about which type of praise has a positive impact on children's motivation and persistence, and be provided with examples. Read full article

My Son Doesn't Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2012/11/27/my-son-doesnt-want-surprise-gifts-this-christmas">My Son Doesn&#039;t Want Surprise Gifts This Christmas</a>

This year, there will be no surprises at Christmas time for my six year old son. No, he hasn’t been a ‘naughty boy’ and therefore undeserving of Santa’s generosity. The reason my son will have no surprises is that he will choose all of his presents and be with us when we buy them, in November. They will then be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. Read full article

Dummies or Pacifiers May Affect Emotional Development

<a href="/articles/dummies-or-pacifiers-may-affect-emotional-development">Dummies or Pacifiers May Affect Emotional Development</a>

Recently published research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison provides another reason for parents to hesitate to use dummies too often with their babies..."Since a baby is not yet verbal - and so much is regulated by facial expression - at least you want parents to be aware that using something like a pacifier limits their baby's ability to understand and explore emotions." says psychology Professor, Paula Niedenthal. Read full article

Room to Breathe - Film about Mindfulness in Schools

<a href="/articles/room-to-breathe-film-about-mindfulness-in-schools">Room to Breathe - Film about Mindfulness in Schools</a>

Room to Breathe is a story of transformation as struggling kids in a San Francisco public middle school are introduced to the practice of mindfulness. Topping the district in disciplinary suspensions, and with overcrowded classrooms creating a nearly impossible learning environment, overwhelmed administrators are left with stark choices. Do they repeat the cycle of forcing tuned-out children to listen, or experiment with a set of age-old inner practices that may provide them with the social, emotional, and attention skills that they need to succeed? Read full article