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  • Developing a Growth Mindset in a Competitive World

    Developing a Growth Mindset in a Competitive World

    In today’s world competition is everywhere and it often starts at a very young age. It begins as a fun, skill-developing event but can quickly become time-consuming and competitive. While some parents want their children pushed to help them learn the hard lessons of life, others want to protect their children from the disappointment that can come with competition. Both sides have pros and cons, but a balanced approach is what will truly help a child develop a competitive nature in a healthy way. Competition can be fun and exhilarating, especially if you are on the winning side. This drive to compete and win is very strong in our society in every age group and industry. When ....

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  • The Secret Senses To Better Behavior

    The Secret Senses To Better Behavior We’ve all heard of the main 5 senses; taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. However, there are two other, very important, senses that don’t get enough attention. Those are the vestibular sense and proprioception. These two senses are vital in the development of a child but are often overlooked, especially in today’s world. This is mostly due to the fact that safety is of the upmost importance for anyone working with children. And while safety is important, the constant lack of “risky play” is contributing to the underdevelopment of these two senses. The vestibular sense is most easily understood as ....

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  • Is It Rude, Is It Mean, Is It Bullying?

    Is It Rude, Is It Mean, Is It Bullying?

    Is It Rude, Is It Mean, Is It Bullying?
    As they say, kids will be kids. And yes, children and teens can be unkind to their peers and feelings get hurt. The problem is when these behaviors become common and target the same person repeatedly. This is when kids being kids begins to cross the line to bullying. And while bullying is a very terrible thing for anyone to endure, it is important to look at the actual behavior and determine if it really is bullying or if it is children being rude or mean. Bullying is a term that has become more prevalent in recent years even though the actual act of bullying has been around for a very long time. Although studies have shown that the rates of ....

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  • Oppositonal Defiance Disorder Help with Martial Arts

    Oppositonal Defiance Disorder Help with Martial Arts

    Oppositional Defiant Disorder
    A Supplemental Resource for Families Coping with Oppositional Defiant Disorder All children act out from time to time. However, children with Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), as defined by the Child Mind Institute, “have a well-established pattern of behavior problems that are more extreme than their peers.” Children with ODD display aggressive behaviors and have a hard time recognizing social cues. To diagnose, the behaviors are generally assessed by tracking the severity of them and the length of time they are present. The exact cause of ODD is unknown. However, there often appears to be a link to genetic factors including a family ....

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  •  What Behavior to Expect from 10 to 14-year old’s

    What Behavior to Expect from 10 to 14-year old’s

    The tween and teen years often feel to parents and teachers like they are back at the “terrible twos” stage. The challenges of working with children at this age can be frustrating. They are very smart but their emotions are all over the place. This can make it difficult for adults to be patient and allow them to work through this process. Knowing what to expect, though, it key in helping everyone get through this transition. Children ages 10 to 14 years old are highly intelligent. They are even smarter than most adults! These tween/teen years are a time when they begin discovering more of who they are and where they fit in. They are gaining more control ....

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  • Martial Arts Cross Training

    Martial Arts Cross Training

    Martial Arts Cross Training
    The Secret to Developing More Well-Rounded Athletes
    An athlete is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person who is trained or skilled in exercises, sports, or games requiring physical strength, agility, or stamina.” Athletes in specific sports train to be at the top of their game, but how much better of an athlete would they be if they had a well-rounded cross training program? For years, martial arts has been viewed more as an “art” than a “sport.” And while, there is much beauty in it, there is also a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go into the training. However, that is the part that the ....

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  • Realistic Behavior Expectations for 4 Year Olds

    Realistic Behavior Expectations for 4 Year Olds

    Realistic Behavioral Expectations What to Expect from 3- and 4-year old’s Children between the ages of 3 and 4 are at a very unique growth period in their lives. They are growing at a rapid rate in all areas of development and are discovering new things daily, while also learning how to cope with new challenges. Additionally, they are in pursuit of autonomy, which can lead to behavioral issues that the adults in their lives often become frustrated with. The problem comes in because most adults have unrealistic expectations of how 3- and 4-yearold’s should behave. This is mainly based on the assumption by the adult that this rapid development will progress in ....

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  • Realistic Behavior Expectations from 7 to 9 year olds

    Realistic Behavior Expectations from 7 to 9 year olds

    Realistic Behavioral Expectations What to Expect from 7 to 9 year old’s The golden years for children are between the ages of 7 and 9 years old. At this age, children can grasp new information quickly. They start seeing the world in a new and exciting way and, because of this, they are beginning to develop their morals and values. And while they are making leaps and bounds in maturity, they still need a lot of guidance from adults in their lives. Children between the ages of 7 and 9 years old are full of energy and their personalities are more distinct. They have an increased desire to be independent and they want to be recognized for their intelligence. Children at ....

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  • Behavior Expectations of 5 and 6 Year Olds

    Behavior Expectations of 5 and 6 Year Olds

    Realistic Behavioral Expectations What to Expect from 5 and 6 year old’s Children between the ages of five and six years old are no longer “little kids.” They are in a very important transition in their lives. They have developed skills that make them appear to have things more together, so they are often approached by adults as an “older kid.” However, they still do not have the basic skills necessary to keep up with the older children. Between the ages of five and six years old, children are very enthusiastic. Their language skills have increased, and they are able to pay attention for longer periods of time. They are developing thinking and ....

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  • Parenting Skillz #14 Social Development for Children on the Spectrum

    Parenting Skillz #14 Social Development for Children on the Spectrum

    Social Development for Children on the Spectrum Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is largely characterized by social dysfunction. The social problems that are related to this are often assumed to be a choice by the individual, however, this is not the case. Children with ASD want to interact with others but they do not possess the skills to do this. The development of an appropriate social skill set is essential to their success in human connection. Children with ASD are often overwhelmed in social situations and may not know how to engage with others appropriately. The behaviors that are associated with this can range anywhere from complete avoidance of conversations to dominating a ....

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