Homework is failing American students, but this isn’t the case in China and other Eastern countries. Why? The answer is found in the ubiquitous complexity of…
Play instructs and enables the inertia of humanity, while all at once embodying life itself. It is how we live and what we live for.
Stressed and short on time, modern parents subconsciously formulate an equation to solve the problem of parenting. They know the desired end result of their work- kind, happy, successful and independent kids- and they know that people who make kids like this provide all sorts of good opportunities for their children. But, learning and development is just not that simple.
Stories do more than just entertain, they transcend and transform. For this reason, they can be one of the most powerful parenting tools.
Free will is not a constant stream, like in adults. Rather, in children, free will is more like the ebb and flow of an ocean’s tide. It rolls out and rolls in, sometimes without warning, but most often it is predictable and responds to the obvious forces that act upon it—hunger, fatigue, the bowels and a slew of emotions whether elated or sad.
Considering that parents have limited time and resources to apply towards nurturing their children, I will present the three most highly recommended, research-based parenting practices which are a good investment of every parent’s time, energy and money.
Keeping up with scientific research and talking to the experts can teach you a good deal about child development, but the advice comes packaged with limitations. Parents are tasked with the complicated, yet essential, job of figuring out how to layer the advice of experts with their own intuition and experiences.