Natural problem solvers

A typical day You’ve just been to the grocery store. You are trying to make your way into your home with kids and groceries and everything else. Your kids are talking to you. You are trying not to drop the bags. The key is sticking in the lock. You are figuring…
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Volunteering, who benefits?

Social to the core Humans are social creatures. Depriving a person of human contact is torturous. It also impedes their cognitive and physical development. We need connections! And we need lots of it. Our communities Communities take many shapes and forms. Most of us are part of many distinct communities. Friends, family,…
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The Mindset of Success

You may have heard expressions like “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t, you’re right.” (Henry Ford) or “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” (Theodore Roosevelt). Research shows those men were right. Our beliefs do impact our abilities. Beliefs impact abilities Scientists have tested how our…
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How failure helps kids

The world’s youngest scientists Has your child ever dropped a spoon on the floor on purpose? You pick it up. They do it again, and again, and again. It can drive us crazy. Kids are born scientists. They want to know: Will the spoon always fall on the ground? Does…
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Asking for help

Gesturing for help comes naturally to babies. They need help with everything and as you know they are not shy about screaming for it! But as children grow up, that natural healthy tendency can become warped. Some children may learn to stop asking for help. Others learn to get help…
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Serious Play

How seriously do you take play? It’s a funny question, right? Play is just for fun. But if you have read a bit about play, you know that play is serious business! First, let’s define play. When we talk about play, we are talking about unstructured, child-led, imaginative play. This is the kind of play that happens…
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