Thursday, September 1, 2016

Fan Favorites - August 2016

Martial Arts School Teaches Kids It's OK to Cry
“It's OK to cry. We cry as men.”

This martial arts school in Detroit is teaching boys and their families some serious life lessons.

The Two Minutes You Didn't Know You Should Add to Your Morning Routine

How often do you wind up sneaking around after bedtime stealing and stashing toys for donation and “treasures” for trash? What if I told you that two minutes a day could save you the trouble of daytime negotiating and the bedtime blitz?

A Radically different Way to Respond When a Child is Aggressive
when you are willing to say, “I see you struggling AND I love you in this moment,” shame cannot survive.

The Collapse of Parenting: Why Its Time for Parents to Grow Up

“When parents realize that they are their children’s best bet, it challenges them to their own maturity.” It gives them the confidence that they know what’s good for their kids, and that they should stand up to them—this is, in fact, an act of love required of parents. They become, in effect, the grown-ups their children need.

It's 'Digital Heroin': How Screens Turn Kids into Psychotic Junkies
Many parents intuitively understand that ubiquitous glowing screens are having a negative effect on kids. We see the aggressive temper tantrums when the devices are taken away and the wandering attention spans when children are not perpetually stimulated by their hyper-arousing devices. Worse, we see children who become bored, apathetic, uninteresting and uninterested when not plugged in.
But it’s even worse than we think.
We now know that those iPads, smartphones and Xboxes are a form of digital drug. Recent brain imaging research is showing that they affect the brain’s frontal cortex — which controls executive functioning, including impulse control — in exactly the same way that cocaine does. Technology is so hyper-arousing that it raises dopamine levels — the feel-good neurotransmitter most involved in the addiction dynamic — as much as sex.

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