Tech Giants Need to Take more Responsibility for the Advertising that Makes Them Billions

Last week I was followed around the Internet by a pair of shoes. I had looked at them online as a gift for my father-in-law, but he didn’t like them, and neither did I. Yet no matter what site I visited, there they were, staring at me in their full moccasin glory. Digital advertising can [...]

By |2021-02-24T16:47:28+11:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Society & Culture, Technology|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How to Turn Mundane Chores Into Mindful Moments for Our Kids

We could all use a little bit of help around the house, right? It seems that children these days are too busy with homework, after school activities, and electronics to do any chores. In fact, unlike prior generations, most American parents today do not believe that their children should have to be responsible for household chores. [...]

Want to Rebound from Failure? Feel the Pain

Feeling the pain of failure leads to more effort to correct your mistake than simply thinking about what went wrong, according to a new study. Researchers found that people who just thought about a failure tended to make excuses for why they were unsuccessful and didn't try harder when faced with a similar situation. In contrast, people who focused [...]

Why Helping At Home Is Good For Kids

There’s strong evidence that feeling useful builds resilience in children, but how much and what sort of work are modern parents asking kids to do? Next time your child complains about chores, tell them it’s for their own good. Giving children meaningful household tasks and the autonomy to complete them may be key to making [...]

It’s Easy To Get People To Do Bad Things—This Might Be Why

(Photo : University College London) In the 1960s, psychologist Stanley Milgram famously conducted experiments in a Yale University basement showing that people will apparently inflict pain on another person simply because someone in a position of authority told them to. Now, researchers reporting in the Cell Press journal Current Biologyon Feb. 18, 2016 have [...]

Gorgeous to Grumpy – Motivating Early Teens

Photo by Bevan Gold Swain/Thinkstock - In his 2008 review of Middle Years literature, Dr David Smith identified five key principles to engage and motivate this 10-15 year age group: Relationships Relevance Rigour Resilience Responsibility ...but what does this mean in real and practical terms? This is an age group distinguished by [...]

The Eight Things Your Kids Should Never See You Do

Be careful what you say around your children. Photo: Janie Barrett Lately, I've noticed kids of a certain age turning into mouthpieces of their parents. It's a sudden and dramatic change and it appears, at least to my eyes, to take place sometime between their ninth and 12th birthdays. One year, they're unique [...]

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Sleepy teens hit the bum notes in life

A GENERATION of sleep-deprived teenagers is not what society needs. Blink and these exhausted, overstimulated youngsters will be adults charged with making ­responsible decisions, whether they're equipped to or not. Young people who don't get enough sleep miss out on major developmental milestones that enable empathy, respect, reasoning and self-control. Without the nine to 10 [...]

The Parenting Minefield That is Social Media

Every child is just one decision away from making a mistake.  As parents, we hope to help them avoid these mistakes by teaching responsibility – but, errors in judgment are an important part of the learning process on the road to adulthood. Unfortunately, the Internet introduces new challenges in parenting.  Now, in the blink of [...]