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Parents - It's Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes

<a href="/blogs/arunabey/2010/10/30/parents-its-okay-to-let-your-children-fail-sometimes">Parents - It&#039;s Okay to Let Your Children Fail Sometimes</a>

As Harvard’s Positive Psychology Lecturer and author of best-selling book Happier, Tal Ben Shahar has spent his life studying what makes people happy. And his mantra to his students is “learn to fail, or fail to learn.” This can be applied to parenting too. Letting our children experience minor failures, without rushing in to save them, helps them learn key skills that are essential to deal with the inevitable disappointments of everyday life. 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

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen

<a href="/audio/emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-with-professor-jon-cohen">Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen</a>

A content-rich podcast on the connections between emotional intelligence in children and academic success. Children with stronger social and emotional skills do better academically and socially. Professor Cohen defines "social and emotional learning" and shares the important research on character education and emotional intelligence education. This recording is a "must listen" for every parent and teacher. Read full article

Playground Speak - It's Out of Line Sometimes

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/21/playground-speak-its-out-of-line-sometimes">Playground Speak - It&#039;s Out of Line Sometimes</a>

We have three boys and like many other kids, I suspect, they have had a tendency to refer to things they don't like as "gay" or even "retarded". This is playground speak and some people might advise me to just let it go. But I detest this kind of language coming from kids or anyone...language is a tool much stronger than the proverbial "sticks and stones" and I feel strongly that children need to learn about its impact and develop some empathy for people... Read full article

Is there a "Dangerous" Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/29/is-there-a-dangerous-rise-in-therapeutic-education-for-children">Is there a  &quot;Dangerous&quot; Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?</a>

A book published by two Oxford Brookes University academics suggested that a rise in “therapeutic education” in schools could be a bad development. The book is called The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education. Apparently the book criticises school lessons that contain “social and emotional” content on the basis that these lessons may turn children into introverted, self-obsessed people who can not take criticism. Read full article

6 Parent Tips - Building Happiness in Children's Lives - from Tal Ben Shahar

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/27/6-parent-tips-building-happiness-in-childrens-lives-from-tal-ben-sha">6 Parent Tips - Building Happiness in Children&#039;s Lives - from Tal Ben Shahar</a>

I like reading articles and research about what makes people happy. I read them with a critical eye for over-the-top advice that no-one could use and try to find things that are practical and sound like common sense....A Harvard professor, Tal Ben Shahar’s class on happiness was apparently the most popular on campus. No wonder – who doesn’t want to know more about that? Read full article

Emotional Intelligence - What is it and Why Does it Matter?

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-what-is-it-and-why-does-it-matter">Emotional Intelligence - What is it and Why Does it Matter?</a>

Academics and practitioners debate with each other and write whole doctorate theses about the 'right' definition of Emotional Intelligence. When children are being taught Emotional Intelligence skills, this process is usually called Social and Emotional Learning or 'SEL'. This article is a concise introduction to the meaning of the term 'Emotional Intelligence'. Read full article

Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/24/sad-children-outperform-happy-children-really">Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?</a>

Last year I was drawn to a series of articles referring to research from the Universities of Virginia (United States) and Plymouth (United Kingdom) suggesting that for children, happiness may not always mean good academic results. If you have read Martin Seligman’s work on optimism and its value for children’s wellbeing and later success in life, this suggestion could leave you scratching your head and wondering. Read full article

For Children - Emotional Intelligence Means Being Smart with Your Feelings

<a href="/articles/for-children-emotional-intelligence-means-being-smart-with-your-feelings">For Children - Emotional Intelligence Means Being Smart with Your Feelings</a>

When I was a kid, no one taught me about feelings. Even when I took psychology in college I still didn’t learn why sometimes I felt angry or sad or worried or happy — and that I had a choice about my feelings. I noticed that I had different feelings, and other people did too. I noticed that sometimes I could get more of what I wanted by using the feelings that matched the situation, but a lot of the time it seemed like feelings were something that just happened to me...Emotional intelligence means being smart with feelings. This article includes three steps for being smarter about feelings. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence as Part of the Australian National Curriculum : Yvette Vignando with Deborah Cameron on ABC radio

Yvette Vignando spoke to Deborah Cameron, host of ABC Radio 702 Sydney's morning program, about her meeting with then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Read full article