Tools for Cognition & Emotion and helping your kids learn about the relationship between thinking and feelings.

July 1, 2014 | posted in: Development, Mental Health, Parenting 101 | by

Tools for Cognition & Emotion Cognition refers to a person’s thought process and how they think about their thoughts, also known as metacognition. Additionally, cognition can include memory and attention. Emotion describes feeling states. Emotional status is complicated by the fact that individuals don’t always know what they are feeling. Confusing the matter even further..

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The Genetics of Competition: Nature or Nurture?

June 23, 2014 | posted in: Development, Parenting 101 | by

With the World Cup in full swing the nature of competition appears with every match. Both fans and players seem to have a strong desire to compete – and to win. However, not everyone is born with the drive to play sports or to compete against others. This begs the question: Why is it that..

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Defining Dad – Father’s Day and The Important of Being a Dad

June 10, 2014 | posted in: Development, Family, Parenting 101 | by

As Father’s Day approaches it can be fun to take a moment and think about the role of “Dad” in the family. For each developmental stage a child will consider his or her father in a unique way. Views and opinions of dad will also vary with gender, as the role of the father is..

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What is a Psychopath? A Discussion about Antisocial Personality Disorder

What is a Psychopath? A Discussion about Antisocial Personality Disorder In light of the recent tragedy at University of California, Santa Barbara, commentators and news outlets have been using phrases such as “mentally ill,” and “psychopath” without truly explaining or examining the meaning behind such significant labels. Psychopathy is the pop cultural term for the..

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Games and Toys for Children With ADHD

May 28, 2014 | posted in: ADHD, Education, Motor Skills, Parenting 101 | by

It is well understood that children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have special needs in a classroom setting. ADHD sufferers often require extra mental and physical stimulation while trying to learn and process new information.  This typically takes the form of extra time on tests and assignments, or special placement in the classroom and built..

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Mindful Eating In Childhood: Can Mindful Eating Help Your Child to Learn Healthy Eating Habits?

May 25, 2014 | posted in: Health and Wellness, Parenting 101 | by

The concept of Mindful Eating is often employed by those in weight loss programs because it focuses on helping people think about how and why they eat.  Some of the principles of mindful eating can be translated into helping children learn how to choose healthy foods and avoid developing dangerous behaviors such as emotional eating,..

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Lights, Camera … Actions To Take Before Going To The Movies

May 12, 2014 | posted in: Development, Parenting 101 | by

Who doesn’t love a good blockbuster? Kids and adults alike anticipate the release of the latest film and spending time going to the theater. Of course, not all movies are created with kids in mind. As parents, we take the starring role in helping identify the movies that are appropriate for our children to watch…

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Personality & IQ Testing

April 28, 2014 | posted in: Development, Education, Parenting 101 | by

Personality and IQ testing can teach you a great deal about yourself. California-based psychologist and author Gary Groth-Marnat writes that the goal of personality and IQ testing should be to “identify what is wrong … and then go about trying to fix it.” A personality evaluation should do just that: Help you achieve higher quality..

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How to Test the Cognitive Development in Adolescents

April 15, 2014 | posted in: Parenting 101 | by

The best way to test the cognitive development of an adolescent is to go to a clinical psychologist or neurolpsychologist and have their IQ tested. However, in lieu of that route, there are ways to check the developmental progress of teenagers at home. Step 1 Begin by using your preset list of vocabulary words. Ask..

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Childhood Lying – When Is There a Cause for Concern?

April 4, 2014 | posted in: Parenting 101 | by

Parents often wonder about the little white lies that children tell.  A common question that arises in pediatric emotional care is, “When is lying too much?” In the fairy tale “Pinocchio,” the wooden puppet’s nose stretched and grew to match the gravity of the lies he told. For him, there was no denying the consequences..

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