If you are a teacher or a parent of a child who struggles with writing, here are some things you can do to help make life easier for them. Remember, they do not need to be labeled. They do not need a stamp of “Dyslexia” or “ADHD”. If you find they are struggling, lend them a helping hand and change some of the classroom rules to suite their need.
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These days, when children’s eating habits have led to an increase in obesity, parents’ responsibility to raise food-smart children has increased too.
It is the quality or the nutrition in the food we give our kids, coupled with the teaching of good habits, that will determine our kids’ health as children and later as grownups.
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Kids are like monkeys. If you teach them to handle disagreements by being a good role model, you can help them enjoy life and to cope and accept the experiences in life as they come.
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Sleep is essential to many functions of the body and your thinking capacity is highly influenced by it. Success at school can be directly influenced by sleep, relationships can be directly affected by sleep and health has a direct connection to sleep. Therefore, happiness and sleep have a lot to do with each other.
When my daughter was born, I did not attend a sleeping school to learn about good sleeping habits and, sure enough, we were so excited with the arrival of the new baby that we tried to spend every second with her. When she was 11 months old, we discovered that we did not have a life.
One of the hardest things to measure is change. Whenever we are not happy with something in our life, we want to change it. But then, sometimes for years, we look in the mirror and we can’t notice the changes we go through. Only while looking at photos from last year do we notice the changes. We are different, but we feel the same.
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Sarcasm is the weapon of disempowered people, who use information to regain some of their missing feeling of control. To find out when you are using sarcasm in your life and overcome it, here are some things you can do…
Last week, I introduced parenting the Socrates way, where I outlined the benefits of parenting with questions.
Today, I will continue with this parenting technique and explore the “right and wrong” questions and subsequently the “right and wrong” answers.
When I introduce this technique to parents, many of them ask about the right and wrong questions to ask their children. As you probably know (from reading my other articles), “right” and “wrong” are not words I like to use. I do not believe questions can be divided into “right” or “wrong”. I prefer to call them “effective” or “not effective”.
There are 6 things you can do to make sure your questions are effective.
When you ask a question, wait for the answer. Actively listen to your kids’ answers. Avoid thinking of your next question or the next sentence and just listen! When you ask and then wait for an answer, you build a relationship that encourages communication.
It is amazing how many people struggle with life. Life has become so hectic and difficult for most people that many can only focus on what is going to happen today, tomorrow, next month and maybe, only maybe, next year.
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There is a period in children’s development when they ask questions in response to everything you say. I remember the “Why” as my kids’ way of learning.
“Eden, please bring me the plate form the table”
“Why do you want the plate?”
“I want to put the egg on it”
“Why do you want to put the egg on it?”
“So you can take it to the table and eat it”
“Why do you want me to eat it?”
“Eggs are healthy. If you eat your egg, you won’t be hungry and you will be healthy”
“Why do you want me to be healthy?”
And this went on and on and on… If I remember correctly, most of these conversations ended with “because I have said so”.
I think that Socrates, the great philosopher, never got over this stage of his development and perhaps this is what got him going on his quest for knowledge and understanding of life. Mentally, Socrates was just a curious kid. His mind was full of questions and through them he gained a lot of wisdom.
Fat kids and low self-image almost go hand in hand. Kids who are overweight need a healthy, balanced eating plan without damaging their self-image that is already damaged.
It is important to remember that it is better to handle the problem when it is small. It is much easier to handle 2 extra kilos than 5 or, God forbid, 20.
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