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Growing up with pets helps children develop important life skills

Growing up with pets helps children develop important life skills

With international travel on hold for the foreseeable future and work-from-home jobs becoming increasingly common, Australia has seen an unprecedented surge in pet ownership. So, considering that more of us are welcoming animal companions into our homes, what sort of impact might this have on children? Anecdotally, we've probably all heard that caring for a pet can teach kids responsibility and help them develop empathy, but is there evidence to ...
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Why play is an integral part of a child’s early years

Why play is an integral part of a child’s early years

The world we reside in today contains Volatility,Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity (VICA). The pandemic has forced us to think about the preparedness of our children against an uncertain world. The life skills needed to address this are beyond the 3 Rs of learning (Reading, Writing & Arithmetic). Children now need to develop skills that will enable them to thrive while also contributing to their lifelong learning process. The P21 Early ...
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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, ...
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Positive Reinforcement in Psychology (Definition + 5 Examples)

Positive Reinforcement in Psychology (Definition + 5 Examples)

Positive Reinforcement in Psychology If you read our earlier piece on positive punishment , you know that there are different methods of teaching and instilling good habits and behaviors. One of the most powerful and effective methods is one that you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with: positive reinforcement. Before you read on, we thought you might like to download our 3 Positive Psychology Exercises for free . These science-based ...
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Consequences & Rewards

Do you ever wonder if you're giving the right consequences? Perhaps you don't feel like it's having an effect on your child's behavior. And are natural consequences for children always the best thing? The experts at Empowering Parents explain the right way to give consequences to your child and teen—and the importance of giving rewards. You can’t punish your child into better behavior. Forget about over-the-top punishments or ineffective rules ...
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When You Should Let Your Child Fail: The Benefits of Natural Consequences

When You Should Let Your Child Fail: The Benefits of Natural Consequences

Sometimes you have to let your child fail. Parents often do their kids a disservice when they protect them from natural consequences when they take over for their kids to ensure that their kids don’t fail. While it’s natural for parents to worry about failure, there are times when it can be productive for kids—and a chance for kids to change for the better. “Failure is an opportunity to get ...
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Why Do We Procrastinate And How Can We Beat The Urge?

Why Do We Procrastinate And How Can We Beat The Urge?

The problem with procrastination: by replacing important tasks with easy admin, we’re getting a ... [+] Ever find yourself eagerly logging your expenses, or clearing the furthest reaches of your inbox while contemplating whether you’ll ever find the will to finish that report, crunch those numbers or fix that problem? You’re not alone. Procrastination, which often means doing low-value tasks to avoid difficult, more important ones–or else doing things we ...
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Not Just a Local Problem: Children Across the Globe Are Affected By the Isolation and Stress of the Pandemic

Children Across the Globe Are Affected By the Isolation and Stress of the Pandemic

An estimated 1.6 billion children in 190 countries – approximately 90% of the world’s children – have been affected by school closings during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. The pandemic altered daily life in countless observable ways. Stores and restaurants stood empty; employment layoffs proliferated; lines at food banks stretched; Zoom use soared; and in addition to being out of school, many children were on lockdown, confined to their homes for ...
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Five Weeks at B.R.A.I.N. Camp Could Give Kids a Brighter Future

Five Weeks at B.R.A.I.N. Camp Could Give Kids a Brighter Future

Fun activities, new friends, and EEG scans are all part of helping kids overcome learning difficulties at B.R.A.I.N. Camp. Nylah K. from East Hartford making Oobleck at B.R.A.I.N. Camp (Bridging Reading and Intervention with Neuroscience) on July 8, 2021. On a recent cloudy day at Storrs, shouts of joy, confusion, and laughter could be heard in the Henry Ruthven Monteith building by Mirror Lake as a group of children tried ...
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After the ADHD Diagnosis: Experts Answer Your Top 10 Questions

After the ADHD Diagnosis: Experts Answer Your Top 10 Questions

An ADHD diagnosis often answers some big, life-long questions. Then, it quickly raises new ones: What exactly does this mean? What are our options? Where do we go from here? ADDitude surveyed its community about the important questions you want, and need, answered after you or your child receives an ADHD diagnosis. We asked experts to provide insights and advice to clear up confusion and illuminate a clear path forward ...
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Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)

Why You Procrastinate (It Has Nothing to Do With Self-Control)

If you’ve ever put off an important task by, say, alphabetizing your spice drawer, you know it wouldn’t be fair to describe yourself as lazy. After all, alphabetizing requires focus and effort — and hey, maybe you even went the extra mile to wipe down each bottle before putting it back. And it’s not like you’re hanging out with friends or watching Netflix. You’re cleaning — something your parents would ...
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Why do we procrastinate, and how can we stop? Experts have answers.

If you’re reading this article instead of tackling one of the many projects you meant to do during the pandemic, or before starting the report due tomorrow at work, or as an alternative to changing your car’s year-old oil, feel no shame: This is a safe space, procrastinators, and you’re among friends. Joseph Ferrari , a professor of psychology at DePaul University in Chicago and author of “ Still Procrastinating?: ...
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