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  • Single Focused Tasks: The Key to More Productive Learning

    Single Focused Tasks: The Key to More Productive Learning

    Productivity is one of the most highly regarded traits in the work world today. And to be productive, multitasking is the go-to method. The ability to switch between multiple tasks rapidly is seen as a special skill, but it stifles productivity and increases the likelihood of making mistakes. But with the growing flood of information and technology, distractions are at the forefront of our every step. And while this is affecting everyone, these distractions are most detrimental to children’s developing brains. The idea of “multitasking” or what is better described as “rapid task switching” impedes not only efficiency but also weakens our ability to ....

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  • Boost Attention Span by Making Learning Fun Again

    Boost Attention Span by Making Learning Fun Again

    Attention span has long been a topic regarding the relationship between children and learning. As the years have passed, technology has been at the forefront of our everyday lives. This has caused the concern for inattentiveness to become even more of an issue. Children are constantly presented with new and exciting things that catch their attention, so it’s up to adults to find ways to teach new information in an entertaining way. This approach will maintain the interest level of the child so that learning can be cultivated. Attention span refers to the time a person can focus on an activity. As most people know, this varies depending on the age. The general rule is 2-5 minutes ....

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  • Brain Training for ADHD

    Brain Training for ADHD

    Although Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is such a prevalent diagnosis, there are still many misconceptions surrounding it. People often assume that ADHD results from poor parenting, laziness, or some learning disorder. And with these assumptions come a wide range of approaches to “fix” the problem. However, with the lack of proper understanding of this disorder, it’s hard to find an effective method to implement. Becoming knowledgeable about the facts of the disorder can make way for more successful interventions that will build confidence in those children instead of shame. ADHD stems from an imbalance of chemicals in the brain, largely that of ....

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  • How Can I Help? Shifting from Judgmental to Curious

    How Can I Help? Shifting from Judgmental to Curious

    In the words of Whitney Houston, "I believe that children are our future…show them all the beauty they possess inside." All too often, the magnificence of individuality is overshadowed by a need to meet the status quo. When a child exhibits behavior that is "problematic" or "difficult," adults often assume the child is defiant. However, often, the child is unable to meet the requirements that are being asked of them. Instead of jumping to conclusions, adults should make an "aspect shift" and reframe how they look at behaviors. On her powerful graphic "Reframe the Behavior," Kristin Wiens, a Special Education Inclusion Coach, created a way for adults to begin the process of ....

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  • Quiet Parenting: Stop the Cycle of Yelling

    Quiet Parenting: Stop the Cycle of Yelling

    Parenting can be one of the most rewarding responsibilities we ever take on. With that, however, comes the ups and downs of getting children to comply with what we say while being pulled in a thousand different directions. It’s no wonder why parents often resort to yelling when begging and threats are no longer effective. And while yelling is generally the result of needing things done urgently or when the parent feels disrespected, it is unproductive. This approach scares children and makes the parent feel guilty. To more effectively get children to comply, parents should first know their triggers and then plan to parent more calmly. It’s often difficult for parents to ....

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  • Playful Connection: Filling Your Child's Emotional Cup

    Playful Connection: Filling Your Child's Emotional Cup

    Over the years, healthy connection levels between parents and children have decreased, leading to more challenging behaviors from children. Today's modern lifestyle has interfered with the opportunity for the parent-child bond to grow. This vital aspect of a child's life is essential for their emotional cup to be full, giving them healthy self-worth and self-esteem. To fill their cup, children need quality connection time with their parents every day. When they receive this, children will develop healthy self-worth and self-esteem and, therefore, approach the world with more kindness and compassion. The "emotional cup" metaphor created by Upbility, publishers of therapy resources, asks ....

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  • Igniting Your Teen's Motivation

    Igniting Your Teen's Motivation

    Adolescence has always been a challenging time for parents and teens to get through. Typically, this is because adults feel teens are lazy and/or out of control. However, these behaviors are usually present because teens feel uninspired and lack the right motivation in their lives. And while the development of the brain hasn’t changed, the environment around teens is constantly changing. Now, with the global pandemic at the forefront of our lives, teens are struggling to even complete the minimum daily tasks. Finding ways to inspire teens will ignite their motivation and support them in creating new things again. The teen years are a time when the brain is in a very vulnerable ....

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  • The Power of Predictability

    The Power of Predictability

    As hectic as life is most days, parents are often more concerned with getting everything done instead of strategically planning out their day so that it is predictable for their children. Knowing what activities to expect each day and knowing how parents will respond at the moment is critical in helping children feel safe. The consistency in this will ease children's moods and minimize the chances of a meltdown. Therefore, parents should establish predictability in their daily routines to ensure children have the best chances of a successful day. When children are unsure of what to expect daily, they often become more anxious and, therefore, demanding their parents' time. Stress goes ....

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  • Teens Need Structure Too

    Teens Need Structure Too

    Most often, when we think of implementing structure into our children’s lives, it is because we have a newborn that needs a feeding schedule, a toddler that needs a nap schedule, or a child that needs an activity schedule. When children become teens, they are often left to implement their schedules. And yes, they are on the verge of asserting their independence so that it can be a challenge. However, not implementing structure for them can be counterintuitive and leave them “real world unready.” Therefore, parents must establish boundaries, rules, and structure for their teens to create life-long success habits. Adolescence is a period of massive changes in all areas ....

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  • Should I Worry? Tuning In To Teen' Emotional Shifts

    Should I Worry? Tuning In To Teen' Emotional Shifts

    As we approach the one-year mark of an ever-strong pandemic that has rocked our world, we are searching for ways to keep ourselves mentally and emotionally in check. For teens, this has been an even more difficult feat. Adolescence is already fraught with stress and moodiness but adding in the social isolation and fear have led to an even greater rise in anxiety and depression among teens. And while parents are doing their best to manage their own stress and provide for their families, alarming signs of depression in teens are being overlooked. Therefore, it is vital that parents are attuned to their teens “normal” moods and know when they are exhibiting more harmful ones. ....

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