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Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1

<a href="/articles/interview-professor-jonathan-cohen-emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-part-1">Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1</a>

Professor Jonathan Cohen is an adjunct professor in psychology and education at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, and an adjunct professor in education at the School of Professional studies at the City University of New York. Yvette Vignando spoke to Professor Cohen about a subject that she is passionate about: the connection between children's social and emotional skills, sometimes called their emotional intelligence, and their success at school. Read full article

Audio Interview with Michael Gurian, Author, The Purpose of Boys

<a href="/audio/audio-interview-with-michael-gurian-author-the-purpose-of-boys">Audio Interview with Michael Gurian, Author, The Purpose of Boys</a>

Michael is a psychologist, family therapist and educator as well as being a New York Times best-selling author of 25 books including The Minds of Boys, The Wonder of Boys, The Wonder of Girls and the book I talked to him about in this interview – The Purpose of Boys. Read full article

Interview with Michael Gurian, Author, The Purpose of Boys

<a href="/articles/interview-with-michael-gurian-author-the-purpose-of-boys">Interview with Michael Gurian, Author, The Purpose of Boys</a>

Yvette Vignando interviewed Michael Gurian, family therapist and author of several books including The Purpose of Boys, about helping boys develop a sense of purpose, boys' use of online games, and setting boundaries. Michael has a special interest in gender-related neurobiology and refers to himself as both a philosopher and a researcher. Read full article

An Emotional Intelligence Test to Try

I wanted to share a link to an emotional intelligence test that I just tried online. It was a free test and I thought it was quite good. It took me about 10 or 15 minutes to complete it thoughtfully. See what you think. Read full article

Are Gifted Children More or Less Emotionally Intelligent?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/08/11/are-gifted-children-more-or-less-emotionally-intelligent">Are Gifted Children More or Less Emotionally Intelligent?</a>

Sorry, I can't answer the question posed in the title of this post. I'm fairly sure that the question can't really be answered at all. And the more research I read about this issue, the more convinced I am that it's important not to generalise and stereotype on the topic of giftedness and social skills. I do believe that often giftedness in children brings with it many social and emotional challenges but I do not believe that giftedness equals lower levels of emotional intelligence. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence and Gifted Children - Stop the Stereotypes

Yvette Vignando talks about research that indicates giftedness is not necessarily associated with low levels of Emotional Intelligence, or social problems. Is there a bigger issue? Do parents, teachers and peers of gifted children need to become more appreciative of intellectual diversity? Read full article

True Beauty

This year, the theme for our primary school disco was ‘Beauty and the Geek’. Her father took our eldest daughter along to the disco, so it was only later that I heard from the other mums about some of the remarkable versions of beauty that were on display there. We are so used to thinking of beauty as external perfection: the spectacular, the outstanding, the flawless. There is another way of seeing beauty, though. Read full article

Educating our Children for Long-Lasting Fulfilment

<a href="/blogs/arunabey/2010/07/05/educating-our-children-for-long-lasting-fulfilment">Educating our Children for Long-Lasting Fulfilment</a>

When it comes to bringing up our children most of us would agree we want them to be happy. So the way we educate and raise them should reflect this. Of course when we say we want our kids to be happy we mean we want them to enjoy a holistic sense of wellbeing. Critical to this will be their ability to lead a life which is congruent with their values, priorities and passions. Read full article

Permission Marketing Becomes Permission Socialising for Kids

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/07/04/permission-marketing-becomes-permission-socialising-for-kids">Permission Marketing Becomes Permission Socialising for Kids</a>

The other day a 12 year old told me that looking up a friend's telephone number in a phone book (online or offline) was "stalking". Apparently it's okay to call a friend if their number is in your mobile phone, but otherwise, contacting a friend without warning or invitation on their home number is "creepy". Wow, things have changed. Or have they? Read full article

How to Motivate Your Child

<a href="/articles/how-to-motivate-your-child">How to Motivate Your Child</a>

Is there anything more frustrating than trying to motivate a teenager to do something that is clearly not as interesting to them as the latest computer game or iTunes download or Stephanie Meyer book? Allison Tait interviews Professor Martin from the University of Sydney about his tips for motivating your child. Read full article