The Magic of Play-Based Learning: What Builds and What Breaks?

The Magic of Play-Based Learning: What Builds and What Breaks?

One of the biggest issues for children today is that there is an overall absence of free-play. Life is so competitive, so busy. We naturally want our child to have all of the advantages he or she deserves. And so, we sign them up for all sorts of activities; we emphasize academics; and, we orchestrate play-dates in their free time.

 

While all of these facets of childhood have their place, child-led play is invaluable. It really is where the magic of play-based learning happens. So much so that the World Health Organization identified play as a right that should be guaranteed to all children.

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A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree

A 19-Year Study Reveals Kindergarten Students With These 2 Skills Are Twice as Likely to Obtain a College Degree

It's hard to believe that what your child knows at age 5 could influence his future chances of success. But that's exactly what a 2015 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found.

But researchers discovered that the skills that predict future success had nothing to do with reading or writing. Instead, they say your child's social and emotional skills are what determine how likely your child is to go to college rather than end up in jail.

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Electronic Baby Toys Associated with Decrease in Quality and Quantity of Language in Infants

Electronic Baby Toys Associated with Decrease in Quality and Quantity of Language in Infants

Electronic toys for infants that produce lights, words and songs were associated with decreased quantity and quality of language compared to playing with books or traditional toys such as a wooden puzzle, a shape-sorter and a set of rubber blocks, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics.

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Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030

Richest 1% on target to own two-thirds of all wealth by 2030

The world’s richest 1% are on course to control as much as two-thirds of the world’s wealth by 2030, according to a shocking analysis that has lead to a cross-party call for action.

World leaders are being warned that the continued accumulation of wealth at the top will fuel growing distrust and anger over the coming decade unless action is taken to restore the balance.

An alarming projection produced by...

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Are you using this essential parenting tool?

Are you using this essential parenting tool?

I can't promise that you won't get stressed or overloaded—modern life makes that all too likely. And your child will definitely act childish—that's in her job description. But there IS a tool for those tough moments, that can keep you from doing and saying things that you'll be sorry about later.

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9 Ways To Bully-proof Your Kids

9 Ways To Bully-proof Your Kids

The topic of bullying has been on everyone’s mind for a while now and for a good reason too:

Bullying has the potential to destroy lives.

In fact it HAS destroyed many lives, with some kids unable to cope with the negative, soul-crushing behavior.

According to Australian schools bullying is:

An ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behavior that causes physical and/or psychological harm.

It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert).

Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders.

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Here's why your attitude is more important than your intelligence

Here's why your attitude is more important than your intelligence

When it comes to success, it’s easy to think that people blessed with brains are inevitably going to leave the rest of us in the dust. But new research from Stanford University will change your mind (and your attitude).

Psychologist Carol Dweck has spent her entire career studying attitude and performance, and her latest study shows that your attitude is a better predictor of your success than your IQ.

Dweck found that people’s core attitudes fall into one of two categories: a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.

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Holiday shopping: The best toys for kids make use of their imaginations, not a screen!!!

Holiday shopping: The best toys for kids make use of their imaginations, not a screen!!!

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends hands on toys that facilitate problem solving and social interaction particularly between children and their parents instead of electronic toys.

Electronic toys often make unsubstantiated claims of being better for kids because they are "educational" but actually ignore the development of important social skills, physical activity and collaborative problem solving. 

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Science Says You Should Embrace Hugging

Science Says You Should Embrace Hugging

When a loved one has a tough day, you probably give them a hug without a second thought. And a new study says that simple act may have a larger effect than you realize.

Hugs can have a measurable impact on mood and stress after social conflict, according to a paper published Wednesday in PLOS One. The gesture seemed to increase positive feelings and reduce negative ones on days when people experienced relationship problems, the study found.

“A very simple, straightforward behavior — hugging — might be an effective way of

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Resilient Kids Come From Parents Who Do These 8 Things

Resilient Kids Come From Parents Who Do These 8 Things

Letting your kids fail and talking to them about it goes a long way.

When you’re a kid, everything is a tragedy. Your grilled cheese has the crust on? The horror. Can’t assemble that Lego set? Might as well stomp up and down. You can’t change this. What you can do, however, is arm your kid with the techniques that teach them how to bounce back from their daily struggles so that, later on in life, when the stakes are higher, they know what to do. Because resilience is a behavior learned through explicit lessons and examples, one that teaches kids how to, among other things, better handle stress, understand that rejection is not a comment on their entire existence, and view setbacks as things that don’t need to sideline them for good.

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12 Secrets to Teaching Your Child How to Manage Their Emotions

12 Secrets to Teaching Your Child How to Manage Their Emotions

Giving children coping skills for their emotions is one of the most important tasks of parenting. Children lacking these tools may blame others for how they feel or demonstrate how they’re feeling in inappropriate ways. If a child has no words to verbalize their intense emotions, they’re at risk for being emotionally stunted for the rest of their lives. Emotionally arrested adults lack the ability to self-soothe when they’re upset, or to delay lashing out on an impulse.

The following are 12 tips to give your child tools for handling their uncomfortable feelings:

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13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do

13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don't Do

Raising mentally strong kids who are equipped to take on real-world challenges requires parents to give up the unhealthy yet popular parenting practices that are robbing kids of mental strength.

Of course, helping kids build mental muscle isn’t easy it requires parents to be mentally strong as well. Watching kids struggle, pushing them to face their fears, and holding them accountable for their mistakes is tough. But those are the types of experiences kids need to reach their greatest potential.

Parents who train their children’s brains for a life of meaning, happiness, and success, avoid these 13 things:

1. They Don’t Condone A Victim Mentality

Getting cut from the soccer team or failing a class doesn’t make your child a victim. Rejection, failure, and unfairness are part of life. Rather than allow kids to host pity parties or exaggerate their misfortune, mentally strong parents encourage their children to turn their struggles into strength. They help them identify ways in which they can take positive action, despite their circumstances.

2. They Don’t

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