Who are you?

Self-awareness is a life-long process. It starts when we are babies, and continues throughout our lives. Child Development Most of us have seen a baby discover his hands or feet.  These are the first steps in self-awareness. Next, babies learn to recognize themselves. When they are under a year old,…
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Optimists for the win!

The optimists We all know someone who is an optimist. Maybe you are an optimist! Optimism is feeling hopeful or confident that things will go well in the future. It is the belief that better days are coming, things will work out, that the future is bright. Optimists can be annoyingly cheerful,…
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Naming Feelings

Brain Development Would you be surprised to learn that 2/3 of brain development happens after we are born? And did you know that brain development plays a role in temper tantrums? Here’s why. Each part of the brain has a different function (or functions).  Most tasks need us to use…
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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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