Self-regulation is not simply self-control. It is the ability to manage our energy states, emotions, behaviour and attention: the ability to return to a balanced, calm and constant state of being.
New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds has been writing poetry since he was 8 years old. He fell in love with the art form when he first started reading hip-hop lyrics and liner notes, and he moved toward novels after reading Richard Wright’s Black Boy at 17.
Home is where our story begins…” so the argument that a child’s early experiences at home perpetuate social inequality is understandably contentious. That controversy garnered new attention in 1995 when researchers Betty Hart and Todd Risley reported that children of highly educated, professional parents heard many more words addressed to them than children of less educated parents.
For some, listening to the radio is a way to kill time while driving or catch up on the day’s news, but for older adults the desire to tune in might have deeper implications.
May is the perfect time of year in Michigan to start a gardening project with your children. Gardening with children provides the perfect combination of skills and tasks to address your child’s development. For example, gardening is a great physical development activity.
My gorgeous daughter is nine years old and to look at her you would not notice anything out of the ordinary. She was diagnosed with Dyspraxia (Developmental Coordination Disorder) aged 5, following an NHS Occupational Therapy assessment which placed her motor skills in the lowest possible category. Dyspraxia is primarily a disorder of planning and executing sequences of movement, yet despite the diagnostic focus on movement, it is also so much more than this. Medical circles use the term ‘developmental coordination disorder’ but the emphasis on motor skills ignores the wide ranging impact of Dyspraxia on many other areas.
For the past 70 years, scientists in Britain have been studying thousands of children through their lives to find out why some end up happy and healthy while others struggle. It's the longest-running study of human development in the world, and it's produced some of the best-studied people on the planet while changing the way we live, learn and parent. Reviewing this remarkable research, science journalist Helen Pearson shares some important findings and simple truths about life and good parenting.
There's been quite a lot of discussion in the Twittersphere, on and off in recent months about the notion that "(all) behaviour is a form of communication". I've bracketed the word "all" here quite deliberately, as I think it is part of the problem, and will come back to that later.
Want to make learning to read and write even more adventurous? There are many learning games and activities that will not only help your child or teen to become more successful in school, but will also be fun to play. Most of these activities can easily be created at home. Please note that many of the activities that follow can apply to different ability levels with just a few changes.