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Heart to Heart Parenting

<a href="/parenting-resources/parenting-style/heart-to-heart-parenting">Heart to Heart Parenting</a>

Book: Heart to Heart Parenting by Robin Grille is about nurturing your child's emotional intelligence from conception to school age. More than just a book about raising happy and resilient children, Robin Grille writes about how to create a deep and lasting relationship with your child. Guidance on your child's emotional needs, how to deal with tantrums and how to talk and listen to your child in a way that benefits your child's social development and wellbeing. 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

I Have a Sensitive Child - a Discipline Dilemma

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2010/11/16/i-have-a-sensitive-child-a-discipline-dilemma">I Have a Sensitive Child - a Discipline Dilemma</a>

My husband and I are pretty much chalk and cheese in many ways. Although we have similar values and priorities in life, it's safe to say we have some pretty different approaches when it comes to parenting. My husband is from a rules-based background where you know what the rules are ... I come from a laissez-faire, lead-by-example background where there was so much else going on for my single mother that rules didn't really enter the equation. Read full article

Gratitude - Connections - Sydney Bloggers Festival

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/11/10/gratitude-connections-sydney-bloggers-festival">Gratitude - Connections - Sydney Bloggers Festival</a>

Just remembered - last week I committed to blogging about gratitude on a Wednesday. As it happens, I have a lot to be grateful for today. And that's in spite of a low-grade headache and a fast start to the day requiring 3 children and I and husband leaving the house by 7.30 without forgetting to feed the cat. I attended the Sydney Bloggers Festival today. Here's my gratitude list for the day: Read full article

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

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

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

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