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Happiness Comes in Small Packages with a Lizard

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/08/22/happiness-comes-in-small-packages-with-a-lizard">Happiness Comes in Small Packages with a Lizard</a>

Possibly the shortest blog post I have ever written. I just had to share this picture of a two dollar item that our nine year old was coveting a few weeks ago. A gecko (lizard) in a tyre, holding a flower. What more could you want? Read full article

Want Less - Freedom for Children and Parents

<a href="/blogs/sallycollings/2011/07/15/want-less-freedom-for-children-and-parents">Want Less - Freedom for Children and Parents</a>

I went to the supermarket the other week with two kids in tow. Mostly I try to do the grocery shopping by myself. Not just because I don’t want to manage toilet breaks, hunger pangs and trolley rage – yes, that’s the kids I’m talking about, not me – but because I really quite enjoy supermarkets. I get a kick out of doing per-gram price comparisons, and speculating whether the tin with the redder tomatoes on the label is really likely to deliver the goods. Tragic, I know. Read full article

Five Ways to Become Happier - Share with Your Kids

Tal Ben Shahar, expert on positive psychology and best selling author of Happier and Being Happy shares 5 simple but powerful ideas in this quick video about ways to be happier right now. These ideas can be shared with your children and also included in your everyday parenting approaches. Inspiring. Read full article

Time Affluence for Children - a Cure for Affluenza

Preparing for this segment on The Morning Show, I looked up one of my favourite researchers and writers on happiness, Tal Ben Shahar. Ben Shahar has many strings to his bow including teaching Positive Psychology at Harvard and author of best seller books "Happier" and "Being Happy"....Tal Ben Shahar and his colleagues frequently cite the single biggest predictor of happiness as 'Time Affluence' - this is really having time to do things that are important to you and meaningful for you ... Read full article

Best Laughter Ever - Baby Laughing Hysterically

One of the most smile-inducing videos I have seen. We all love the sound of our own baby laughing at our jokes. Someone mentioned this to me on Twitter tonight and it reminded me of this fabulous video of a Baby Laughing Hysterically at Ripping Paper. Honestly, you should bookmark this for when you need to be put in a good mood, it's wonderful. Read full article

Early Wakeup Calls with Kids

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/05/13/early-wakeup-calls-with-kids">Early Wakeup Calls with Kids</a>

I was up at 5.40 am today to wake our 13 year old - we wanted to see the planetary alignment of Mercury Venus, Jupiter and Mars. The next alignment like this will not be until 2056, and not being confident I'd be around then to see it with my future 58 year old son I thought it was worth it! Needless to say, we gazed at it for 5 minutes and then Mr 13 went back to bed, but happy. What crazy things have you got up for with your kids? Tell me here? Read full article

Twin Baby Boys Have a Conversation Super Cute Video

The very cutest video you will see of baby boy twins having an animated conversation with each other in nappies in the kitchen. The intonation and the hand and feet gestures and giggles are so hilarious. The best 2 minutes of video we've seen for a long time. Read full article

Breaking: Oranges and Textas Save Family Dinnertime

<a href="/blogs/michelle-higgins/2011/03/18/breaking-oranges-and-textas-save-family-dinnertime">Breaking: Oranges and Textas Save Family Dinnertime</a>

While according to author Janette Winterson’s novel "Oranges are not the only fruit", on one recent crisis-laden evening, oranges were all that stood between my family and a complete meltdown. It was three weeks into my two-month period of experimental single parenting, undertaken while simultaneously packing up a house, getting it ready for sale and preparing to move our family overseas. To put it mildly, the stress levels were high and on that particular afternoon the temperature was rising, fast. Read full article

Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think

<a href="/parenting-resources/optimism/happy-children-secrets-of-how-they-think">Happy Children - Secrets of How They Think</a>

Interviews with children about how they view their lives and the world around them. Elizabeth Gould, conducted wide-ranging interviews and now tells the children's stories and reveals four distinct patterns of how these happy children think. Even though these happy children face all the usual ups and downs of childhood, including bullying and family issues, they have found a way to be happy and stay happy. Read full article

A Chocolate Cake to Feed Lots of Children

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2011/02/07/a-chocolate-cake-to-feed-lots-of-children">A Chocolate Cake to Feed Lots of Children</a>

Chocolate Cake can assist in raising happy children! At the request of a friend on Twitter this morning, I'm sharing my favourite quick standby chocolate cake recipe that feeds a truckload of visiting children. We have three boys in our family so this chocolate cake recipe comes in handy. They think it's the best chocolate cake ever, especially as they can make it themselves. Read full article