Archives for June, 2012

Families

10 Tips to Get Your Kids to Read

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”   -Dr. Seuss in I Can Read with My Eyes Shut!

School's out and summer is upon us. Parents everywhere are trying to figure out what to do with their kids. One universal problem, documented in countless studies of young children over the past thirty-five years, is called summer learning...
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Communication

How To Enhance Your Kids’ (And Your Own) Motivation: Part 2

”The trouble with most of us is that we would rather be ruined by praise than saved by criticism." - Norman Vincent Peale

In Part 1 about motivation, we learned how intrinsic motivation, the built-in desire to learn and to grow, is far more powerful than extrinsic motivation at sustaining good habits. One of the hotly debated topics in the field concerns the use of praise. Does praise help motivate kids...
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Families

How To Enhance Your Kids’ (And Your Own) Motivation: Part 1

To be motivated means to be moved to do something. Who among us has not wondered or worried about how to motivate ourselves, our spouse or our kids to get things done, whether it be homework, exercise, or just doing the dishes? The good news is that this area of inquiry is so important that it has been and continues to be a hot topic for research.

One of the...
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