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Who doesn’t procrastinate?

Who doesn’t procrastinate?

  • I am too busy.
  • I am too tired.
  • I don't have the energy.
  • I am too scared.
  • I don't know where to start.
These are the most common excuses people use when they procrastinate—delay doing what they need to do. How many of these have you personally used? According to the American Psychological Association, almost 80% of the people surveyed admit to lying to themselves about the reasons they put off doing things. So, ... Read More
Write The Soundtrack of Your Life

Write The Soundtrack of Your Life

When you’re sad, mad, frustrated…, it can be hard to tell what will make you feel better. Maybe you want someone who will just listen without being too nosy, or you might tell yourself distractions like ice cream or TV will soothe, but sometimes, what we really need is time alone to write. This article gives you some tips on how to use writing as a self-care tool. Throughout my ... Read More

Shining Moments Writing Contest Winner Announced

Congratulations to Colin Witkowskic, who is the winner of our Spring Shining Moments Writing Contest. We've been trying to reach you to regarding your winner's prize, but your schools email account has been rejecting external emails. Please get in touch with us or ask a parent to email us at info@curafun.com so we can deliver your $100!  ... Read More

A person in need

A few months ago, I was consoling a friend who had recently lost all her companions, been shunned out of school, and had rumors spread about them for just being themselves. Since COVID-19 quarantine was still going on, we could only communicate through text. She was thinking of suicide and I was just there, peppering her with reasons why she shouldn't go, constantly spamming her phone until she would text ... Read More
How understanding your child’s unique nature can make you a more effective parent

How understanding your child’s unique nature can make you a more effective parent

VCU professor Danielle Dick’s new book, ‘The Child Code,’ helps parents adapt their parenting strategies to fit how their child is wired. Genetics influence every aspect of human behavior. But that biological fact is often ignored when it comes to parenting advice, which tends to perpetuate the myth that parenting techniques alone determine a child’s behavior and future. In “The Child Code: Understanding Your Child's Unique Nature for Happier, More ... Read More
The psychological concept that may change how you process your emotions

The psychological concept that may change how you process your emotions

What if you were approached outside an insurance office by a cognitive scientist offering you $5 to answer this question: Can a beetle feel love?” Your answer may depend on a constellation of influences. You may think of the last time you squashed a beetle and felt bad about it. Or maybe, you think of the invasive beetle that’s infested your backyard. It may be a gut reaction: Of course ... Read More
Effects of marital dispute, divorce on children

Effects of marital dispute, divorce on children

Few would dispute that the different relationships that exist within a family affect the other members of the family as well. The most important relationship in this dynamic is that of parents and its effect on children. The quality of these relationships can affect children's emotional, cognitive and physical development and can imprint on their mental health as an adult as well. No relationship is free from turmoil. Conflicts and ... Read More
Nationwide study says one in two children suffers from anxiety

Nationwide study says one in two children suffers from anxiety

24% of youths said they had received unwanted or nasty emails, texts or messages intended to hurt them A survey by leading psychiatrists among 755 children and youths aged five-16 has identified a staggering 62% being at risk of emotional problems and a host of issues which fell short of a mental disorder. In a first-of-its-kind assessment of Maltese childhood and adolescence, psychiatric registrar Rosemarie Sacco said more youths need ... Read More
Supporting a bullied middle schooler

Supporting a bullied middle schooler

The door bangs shut. Your teen is home from middle school with their head hanging down and in disbelief. When you ask how the day went, they bury their head in their hands, cry, and share that their best friend is spreading rumors about them all over school and not letting them sit with any friends at lunch. Your heart sinks. Maybe you recall the many ways in which middle ... Read More
Why social norms around working moms should change

Why social norms around working moms should change

Women are not domestic servants; they may also have a professional life of their own and children should be able to understand this fact from an early age. Working moms face real pressure Motherhood is something most of us look forward to, with us preparing for it in the pursuit of happiness, but honestly, nothing can ever prepare you for it. We take classes, do research and speak to others ... Read More
Shh … How a little silence can go a long way for kids’ mental health

Shh … How a little silence can go a long way for kids’ mental health

Amy Carson’s four-year-old daughter is ignoring her—and she doesn't mind one bit. Pushing Isa in her pram, Carson is opting for a walk instead of a drive after a playdate to give them both a break from the thrum of life. The 15-minute soundless sojourns make a big difference. “This silent time is really helpful for Isa after an outing,” Carson says. “She’s calmer watching the world go by while ... Read More
Forget Tiger Moms. Now China's 'Chicken Blood' Parents Are Pushing Kids To Succeed

Forget Tiger Moms. Now China’s ‘Chicken Blood’ Parents Are Pushing Kids To Succeed

BEIJING — They schedule their children's days in 15-minute increments. They scour online forums and swap tips on the most exclusive tutors and best sports coaches. Some even buy second homes next to the best public schools. Forget Tiger moms. These are China's jiwa or "chicken" parents, who are known for their attentive — some say obsessive — parenting style. The term is used to describe aggressive helicopter parenting, and ... Read More
Early Childhood Education and the Four Key Benefits on Child Development

Early Childhood Education and the Four Key Benefits on Child Development

ECE or Early Child Education is considered to be a crucial period in child development. Although not mandatory by the Unites States Department of Education, the early childhood education is a fundamental stage in the learning. The National Association for Early Childhood Education for Young Children (NAEYC) defines early childhood as occurring before the age of 8. It is during this period that a child experiences the fastest stage of ... Read More
5 tips on parenting your kids without emotional baggage

5 tips on parenting your kids without emotional baggage

There’s no manual when it comes to parenting and sometimes, the road can be rocky – in particular if you have unresolved issues with your own parents or come from a home that was less than stable. Even without realising it, these experiences can cause trauma and will affect how you react to your own children. Rany Moran, the owner of children’s indoor playground Amazonia, understands these things. Now a ... Read More
Not in the same boat

Not in the same boat

It has become almost trite to say that although we are all in the same storm, we are not in the same boat. Nonetheless, the papers in this special issue attest to the truth of this statement. Each paper provides a snapshot of how the parents and children on our planet are weathering this storm. When the pandemic struck, most research groups examining the emotional and cognitive well-being of children ... Read More
Why Ignoring A Tantrum Might Not Always Work (& What To Do Instead)

Why Ignoring A Tantrum Might Not Always Work (& What To Do Instead)

Children experience emotions just like adults do. Unfortunately, most kids lack the emotional intelligence to effectively communicate what they're feeling in any given moment during the early stages of child development. Sometimes this leads kids to throw temper tantrums in hopes of getting what they want or expressing the big feelings that are happening inside. When our kids throw these tantrums, we sometimes feel compelled to ignore them. However, ignoring ... Read More
PARENTS WHO WANT TO RAISE EMOTIONALLY INTELLIGENT KIDS NEED TO TEACH THIS ONE SKILL

Parents who want to raise emotionally intelligent kids need to teach this one skill

Parenting is hard to say the least. Unfortunately there is no how-to-manual to help and one size definitely does not fit all. All parents want to raise their children to be amazing adults. One thing on the experts’ radar is to give parents the secret to raising emotionally intelligent kids. Want to know how? Well, parents who want to raise emotionally intelligent kids need to teach this one skill-empathy. According ... Read More
What to Do When Your Kid Thinks You're Playing Favorites

What to Do When Your Kid Thinks You’re Playing Favorites

I wasn’t exactly surprised when, in the midst of a recent disagreement, my 11-year-old son expressed how upset he was by telling me that he believed I love his younger sister more than him. That’s a pretty common go-to move that most parents hear at some point, and I certainly remember breaking it out on at least a couple of occasions when I wasn’t getting the attention I wanted from ... Read More