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Hallmarks of Bad Parenting that are Actually good for kids.

Hallmarks of Bad Parenting that are Actually good for kids.
Anyone who grew up in the '80s knows that parenting used to be a whole other ball of wax. Allergies were rare, kids roamed the suburbs in roving bicycle gangs and unsupervised adventures were around every corner. Kids who grew up in the '90s couldn't leave the house without a speech on stranger danger and an extra dose of Flintstones vitamins, just in case. But it turns out there are some things that lazy/negligent parents kind of got right. #5. "Because I said so!" Every parent winds up saying this, whether they like it or not. No, in these situations it's best to quickly put your foot down and make it clear who's the boss. Getty"You lost, kid. The Surprising Benefit: Actually, science says that those fights provide excellent opportunities for your children to practice their reasoning, discussion and negotiation skills. GettyAlthough raising a wuss means you can force them to wear stupid costumes and dance for you. Getty"OK, since it's your roulette gun, I'll take the first three turns." Related:  Hallmarks of Bad Parenting that are Actually Good For Kids...

Mr. Handsomeface Blog » Caturday: Furball Memory Improvement Techniques - Improve Your Memory with © VeerPRZEMYSLAW PRZYBYLSKI Use these techniques to improve your memory. The tools in this section help you to improve your memory. They help you both to remember facts accurately and to remember the structure of information. The tools are split into two sections. Firstly you'll learn the memory techniques themselves. As with other mind tools, the more practice you give yourself with these techniques, the more effectively you will use them. Mnemonics 'Mnemonic' is another word for memory tool. The idea behind using mnemonics is to encode difficult-to-remember information in a way that is much easier to remember. Our brains evolved to code and interpret complex stimuli such as images, colors, structures, sounds, smells, tastes, touch, positions, emotions and language. Unfortunately, a lot of the information we have to remember in modern life is presented differently – as words printed on a page. Using Your Whole Mind to Remember Use positive, pleasant images.

Street Songs: The Hits of Sesame Street The following is an article from Uncle John's 24-Karat Gold Bathroom Reader. For generations of kids, the songs on Sesame Street were the first pop songs they ever heard. Here are the stories behind some favorite ones. (YouTube link) In 1971 Sesame Street mastermind Jim Henson, puppeteer Jerry Juhl, head writer Jeff Moss, and chief songwriter Joe Raposo decided to write a sketch for every letter of the alphabet. (YouTube link) This song is more famous from The Muppet Show. (YouTube link) The 1970 producer Jon Stone asked Joe Raposo to "write a song for the frog," meaning Kermit, and gave him educational guidelines for the lyrics, a common practice on the show. (YouTube link) Jon Stone wanted the show's theme to build momentum and excitement -exactly what an opening song should do. (YouTube link) This Raposo ballad, about trying to do things even if you're afraid you aren't good at them, was written for the show in 1970 and was sung on the show in English, Spanish, and even sign language.

Inner Alignment of Intelligences This is a pattern designed to use your seven kinds of smart. The first part is a sequential instruction set. The second part lays out the same instructions in a way that will enable you to print them and use them for the pattern easily. Here is how these Intelligences might be accessed and aligned within us for a particular purpose. Step 1 Label 7 cards with the 7 kinds of smart. Step 2. Step 3 Lay out the cards on the floor with a couple of feet between them. Step 4 Stand at the Linguistic intelligence card so that the rest of the cards are on the floor in a line behind you. Step 5 Slowly as you feel comfortable step back onto the card marked Logical-Mathematical Intelligence. Step 6 Slowly as you feel comfortable step back onto the card marked Spatial Intelligence. Step 7 Slowly as you feel comfortable step back onto the card marked Musical Intelligence. Step 8 Slowly as you feel comfortable step back onto the card marked Bodily Intelligence. Take a step forward and clench your fist.

The Eight Toughest Babies in the World We tend to think of newborns as being helpless and needy, unable to survive on their own for a day, let alone a few days. But they are surprisingly resilient and you’d be surprised what some babes can make it through. Here are 8 stories of amazing things babies have actually managed to survive through, in most of the cases, completely unscathed. Be warned: While the following stories are miraculous stories of survival, many of the tales are also quite depressing, particularly those not involving natural disasters. If you are at all sensitive to violence against children, do not continue reading. Illustrative image via j2dread [Flickr] A Bullet in the Chest When one couple in Argentina decided the world was going to end due to global warming, they decided the best thing they could do to protect their children from such a terrible fate was to end their lives. Source A Seven-Story Fall Source A Ten-Story Fall Source Struck By An SUV Source A Raging Tornado Source A Rod Through the Brain Source Source

The Benjamin Franklin Effect & You Are Not So Smart The Misconception: You do nice things for the people you like and bad things to the people you hate. The Truth: You grow to like people for whom you do nice things and hate people you harm. Benjamin Franklin knew how to deal with haters. Born in 1706 as the eighth of 17 children to a Massachusetts soap and candlestick maker, the chances Benjamin would go on to become a gentleman, scholar, scientist, statesman, musician, author, publisher and all-around general bad-ass were astronomically low, yet he did just that and more because he was a master of the game of personal politics. Like many people full of drive and intelligence born into a low station, Franklin developed strong people skills and social powers. Franklin’s prospects were dim. At 17, Franklin left Boston and started his own printing business In Philadelphia. As clerk, he could step into a waterfall of data coming out of the nascent government. What exactly happened here? Let’s start with your attitudes. By Fernando Botero

Parents' expectations, styles can harm college students' self-esteem (8/18/2008) Student anxieties often based on exaggerated perceptions of what parents expect, UCF study finds Mom and Dad are going to flip out over my 3.3 GPA and failure to land a top internship. Such anxieties, common among college students, can harm self-esteem and make it more difficult to adjust to school. But a new University of Central Florida study has found that students' anxieties often are based on exaggerated perceptions of what their parents expect. The problem, UCF psychologist Kimberly Renk says, is that many parents and students hold different perceptions of what the parents' expectations are. Students often are trying to meet goals far tougher than the ideals their parents have in mind. The study, which involved surveys of 174 students and 230 of their parents, is published online in the Journal of Youth and Adolescence and is scheduled for the September edition. Several studies by Renk and other researchers have shown the benefits of authoritative parenting for younger children.

100 Ways to Simplify Your Life (and Make Yourself Happier) & miss minimalist I’ve been striving to simplify my life for many years now, and have recently (through my writing) been advising others how to do the same. In the process, I’ve learned that making little changes in our attitudes, habits, and environment can have a big impact. So today, I thought I’d compile a list of 100 ways to simplify your life – from the practical to the philosophical, and everything in between. Of course, not every item on the list will work for every person reading it. AROUND THE HOUSE1. WARDROBE AND STYLE21. KITCHEN AND DINING36. OFFICE AND TECH46. TIME MANAGEMENT66. ATTITUDE81. MISCELLANEOUS96.

The Natural Parenting Label Welcome to the November Carnival of Natural Parenting: What is natural parenting? This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our Carnival coincides with the launch of Natural Parents Network, a community of parents and parents-to-be who practice or are interested in attachment parenting and natural family living. Join us at Natural Parents Network to be informed, empowered, and inspired! Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants. The internet is full of words and phrases that I’d never heard of until I discovered some folks on a forum, blog or email list chatting away about that particular thing. Natural Parenting is more a lifestyle or mindset than a checklist of acronyms that represent various parenting choices. What is Natural Parenting all about? Natural Parenting is primarily about respect. Does this choice respect my child as an individual? Natural Learning

Meditation for Beginners: 20 Practical Tips for Quieting the Mind | zen habits Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Todd Goldfarb at the We The Change blog. Meditation is the art of focusing 100% of your attention in one area. The practice comes with a myriad of well-publicized health benefits including increased concentration, decreased anxiety, and a general feeling of happiness. Although a great number of people try meditation at some point in their lives, a small percentage actually stick with it for the long-term. The purpose of this article is to provide 20 practical recommendations to help beginners get past the initial hurdles and integrate meditation over the long term: 1) Make it a formal practice. 2) Start with the breath. 4) Meditate with Purpose. 5) Notice frustration creep up on you. 6) Experiment. 7) Feel your body parts. 8) Pick a specific room in your home to meditate. 9) Read a book (or two) on meditation. is terrific for beginners. 10) Commit for the long haul. 11) Listen to instructional tapes and CDs. 13) Make sure you will not be disturbed.

Parenting Styles - Strong Bonds - Building Family Connections An authoritarian parent has all the power. Decisions are made for the child, without discussion or explanation. Authoritarian parenting is cold and firm. Indulgent parents allow children to have a lot of power. Boundaries are not set or enforced. Indulgent parenting is warm and soft. An indifferent parent may not show much interest in the child's needs. In authoritative parenting, parents set clear boundaries and children are allowed some power within those boundaries. Abusive parents hurt their children. Parents in a family often have different parenting styles. However, it is important for parents to work together, even when their styles are different. Even when parents have trouble getting along with each other, they should try to talk to each other and come to an agreement about parenting. Parents who have separated still need to work together to parent their children appropriately. As far as possible, the rules in each home need to be consistent. Emotional abuse is mainly verbal.