Simple ways to boost brain development

Simple ways to boost brain development

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How to Get Your Child Interested in Fitness

How to Get Your Child Interested in Fitness

Children should not spend their days sitting in front of screens and being inactive. They need to move to help their bodies and brains develop properly. Unfortunately, inactivity is exactly what our world seems to be encouraging them to do. It's important to teach kids about the benefits of fitness and to help them channel their natural energy in productive ways.

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How to Help Your Kids Cope with Boredom in the Car

How to Help Your Kids Cope with Boredom in the Car

Whether you are on an extended road trip or just on your way to the grocery store, it’s common for children to get bored during the ride. This can lead to undesirable behaviors like making loud, annoying noises, fighting, and kicking your seat. If this is an issue you deal with on a regular basis, here are some tips that can help you and your child find relief.

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5 Mistakes Parents Make When Giving Kids Directions ThinkerNation

5 Mistakes Parents Make When Giving Kids Directions

Whether your child responds to your directions by saying, “In a minute!” or he ignores your commands completely, dealing with a child who doesn’t follow directions can be frustrating. Some parents respond by doing the task themselves, while others resort to yelling or nagging in an effort to gain compliance.
If your child doesn’t follow your instructions the first time you speak, examine the

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Normalize Setbacks By Asking Your Kids For Advice When You Struggle

Normalize Setbacks By Asking Your Kids For Advice When You Struggle

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant says protecting kids from struggle may be counterproductive. He shared one tactic he uses with his own children.

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Impulse Control Techniques That Work for Children  - ThinkerNation

Impulse Control Techniques That Work for Children

A lack of impulse control is at the root of many behavior problems. An impulsive 6-year-old may hit when he doesn't get his way and an impulsive 16-year-old may share inappropriate content on social media without thinking about the potential ramifications.

Without appropriate intervention, impulsive behaviors can get worse over time. But the good news is, you can teach your child impulse control techniques.

The more impulse control your child gains, the less likely he'll be to grab things out of your hand and he'll be more likely to...

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10 Tips for Raising Mentally Strong Kids - ThinkerNation

10 Tips for Raising Mentally Strong Kids

Mentally strong kids are prepared for the challenges of the world. They’re able to tackle problems, bounce back from failure, and cope with hardships. 

To be clear, mental strength isn't about acting tough or suppressing emotions. It's also not about being unkind or acting defiant.

Instead, mentally strong kids are resilient and they have the courage and confidence to reach their full potential.

Helping kids develop mental strength requires a three-pronged approach: teaching them to replace negative thoughts with more realistic thoughts, helping them learn to control their emotions so their emotions don’t control them, and showing them how to take positive action.

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Toddlers May Gain More From Paper Books Than E-Books: Study

Toddlers May Gain More From Paper Books Than E-Books: Study

Parents and toddlers talked more when reading print books, and were more apt to work together to perform tasks like holding the book and turning pages, Munzer and her colleagues found.
Toddlers presented with an e-book became more focused on the tasks of tapping or swiping the screen, instead of

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Why Disobedient Children Make Great Entrepreneurs

"It turns out there are plenty of benefits to a little bit of naughtiness or disobedience," writes Lauren Knight in her "On Parenting" column in The Washington Post this week. "Research shows that disobedient children earn more as adults and are also more likely to be entrepreneurs."

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Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them ThinkerNation

Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them

Though there are plenty of times when parenting a strong-willed, sometimes disobedient child is a difficult, exhausting endeavor, it turns out there are plenty of benefits to a little bit of naughtiness or disobedience. Research shows that disobedient children earn more as adults and are also more likely to be entrepreneurs. As it turns out, some rather intelligent children who defy authority or challenge the status quo tend to think more outside the box, lending them a certain creative upper hand when it comes to new ideas and starting businesses. Entrepreneurs tend not to play by the rules.

Laura Markham, a clinical psychologist at Columbia University, explains that strong-willed children (those who are described as spirited, headstrong, rambunctious, and even courageous) are usually...

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Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let's ban elementary homework

Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good one
“There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”

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All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed

All Work and No Play: Why Your Kids Are More Anxious, Depressed

For more than fifty years, children's free play time has been continually declining, and it's keeping them from turning into confident adults.
What are your memories of playing as a child? Some of us will remember hide and seek, house, tag, and red rover red rover. Others may recall arguing about rules in kickball or stick ball or taking turns at jump rope, or creating imaginary worlds with our dolls, building forts, putting on plays, or dressing-up. From long summer days to a few precious after-school hours, kid-organized play may have filled much of your free time. But what about your children?

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