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Letter Reassures me I'm Doing Okay as a Mother

<a href="/blogs/carolduncan/2011/07/04/letter-reassures-me-im-doing-okay-as-a-mother">Letter Reassures me I&#039;m Doing Okay as a Mother</a>

This parenting business can make you feel all manner of insecure. I worry about my kids being safe, about them being healthy, having friends at school and trying to do their best in class. I get worried when the boys fight and squabble, and I used to often wonder, “Is this normal?” ... But this week, an unexpected and wonderful thing happened. So wonderful I even had a little cry. Read full article

Principals Suggest School Run Parents Lift Their Game

A bit of fun on The Morning Show today with Suzanne Mostyn and Yvette Vignando discussing the right look for picking up and dropping children to school. Some Principals in the UK requested that parents improve their standards fo dress on the school run because many of them were turning up in their pyjamas and dressing gowns. Elle Macpherson seems to be able to throw herself together reasonably well. Read full article

How to Dress for the School Run - and the Paparazzi

<a href="/blogs/maggiealderson/2011/06/29/how-to-dress-for-the-school-run-and-the-paparazzi">How to Dress for the School Run - and the Paparazzi</a>

by Maggie Alderson: What? It’s that time already? … I can’t be the only mother to have this daily reaction when the clock has somehow come round to school pick up time, ... It doesn’t leave much time to plan an outfit. More likely, a lightening check that there are no food stains too visible to the casual glance, before racing to the door. But every school has at least one mother for whom the school run seems to be a kind of personal fashion parade. Spray on jeans, sky high heels, a year round tan and sleek long hair, seem to be the default look. Read full article

Two Sides to Every Bully - I was Both

<a href="/blogs/biancawordley/2011/06/28/two-sides-to-every-bully-i-was-both">Two Sides to Every Bully - I was Both</a>

When I was in high school I was bullied. For about six months, a group of older girls and some guys would follow a few of my friends and I around the school grounds threatening us. They never physically hurt us, but they scared us. It got so bad that my Mum would come and meet me at the school bus stop and walk me home. On the days she couldn’t meet me I would run as fast as I could, in the hope I would outrun my bullies. I wasn’t always fast enough and they would ride their bikes beside me, taunting me as I walked home. Read full article

Will this Pen Licence Be Valid in High School?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/05/27/will-this-pen-licence-be-valid-in-high-school">Will this Pen Licence Be Valid in High School?</a>

For the last three weeks Mr 9 has had something on his mind. He wants a licence. Not a driver's licence, nor the pilot's licence that one of his big brothers is craving, but a 'pen licence'. At his primary school, a "pen licence" is permission from the teacher to use a pen in his school books; this sought-after privilege is granted to children who've been using pencil for three or four years but have developed their handwriting skills to the level required by their classroom teacher. Read full article

Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too

<a href="/articles/emotional-literacy-belongs-in-schools-too">Emotional Literacy Belongs in Schools Too</a>

There are many examples of individual schools in the United States, the UK and even in Australia, that deliver emotional intelligence curriculum to students simply because they have been fortunate enough to have the human and financial resources (and sometimes support from a University). This video example (is a) reminder of how and why a school uses emotional literacy to improve educational outcomes and the school environment. Read full article

Student to Be Awarded Compensation - Bullying at Australian School

A student of St Patricks College Campbelltown sued her former school for damages saying it failed to protect her from physical and verbal bullying. She said she now suffers from a range of psychological symptoms including depression and anxiety. Yvette Vignando spoke on Sunrise on Channel 7 on 14 April 2011 about this story & bullying by girls. Read full article

From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge

<a href="/blogs/sarahliebetrau/2011/04/05/from-toddler-to-big-boy-the-great-testosterone-surge">From Toddler to Big Boy - the Great Testosterone Surge</a>

My son recently turned 5. I remember 12 months ago when he turned 4, thinking – that’s it, that’s the end of my baby. I couldn’t even classify him as a toddler any more – he was really a kid. His vocabulary was growing every day, and combined with his natural curiosity this meant he was asking increasingly complex questions about the world around him. He had begun to show some resilience and self-control as he matured. And then something peculiar happened. Read full article

Why Australia Needs Emotional Intelligence in the Curriculum Podcast

<a href="/audio/why-australia-needs-emotional-intelligence-in-the-curriculum-podcast">Why Australia Needs Emotional Intelligence in the Curriculum Podcast</a>

Yvette Vignando is interviewed on ABC 702 Radio Sydney by Sarah MacDonald about why Australia needs Emotional Intelligence in the national school curriculum. What is Emotional Intelligence? How can Emotional Intelligence be taught in school? What is the academic benefit of social and emotional learning? Read full article

High School Choice - It's Not Actually About You

<a href="/blogs/catherinesim/2011/03/23/high-school-choice-its-not-actually-about-you">High School Choice - It&#039;s Not Actually About You</a>

Many of you would have recently had the completely terrifying first day at school experience, and I'm not necessarily talking about those cute little things in their oversize uniforms, skipping off without a backward glance. No, first days at school are way more terrifying for parents ... The really big decisions came with high school ... Read full article