Category: Features

Effects of Video Games on Child Development – The Good and the Bad

effects of video games on child development 1Are video games good or bad for your children?

Parents frown upon video games because they are a huge drain on time.

Education experts think that video games also corrupt the brain.

The media also blames violent video games for nurturing violent and antisocial behavior in children.

However, many scientists and psychologists believe that video games have many benefits – one of which is that they make children smarter.

Looking closely, video games can offer high-level thinking skills that children can use in the future.

So just how good/bad are video games for your children? Here’s what psychologists and other researchers have to say:

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Top 8 Strategies to Motivate Your Child To Study

motivate your child to study
Your child is intelligent, and you know it. What you can’t figure out is why that intelligence is not translating to good grades at school.

The fact is, intelligence (and success) needs motivation to take off. Lack of motivation is a common concern of parents all over the world.

Get ready to rock with our 8 sure-fire ways to instil the motivation to study in your child.
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8 Simple But Effective Ways for Children to Practice Math Everyday

math becomes a problem if it's applied only in school

A lot of people make claims about not knowing math without being aware of how much math they actually do in their daily lives.

Actually, math is the language of the universe and is pretty much alive in the world around us.

The greatest mathematicians know this and are able to see math in everything – and so can you!

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How To Help My Child Control Anger – What Works and What Doesn’t

how to help my child control angerThere’s always that one experience when a child lashes out. Oftentimes, parents deal with an angry child the wrong way. Combined with miscommunication and the child’s incapability to properly deal with anger, the emotions can become intense in a short period of time.

You see, anger is like mercury on a thermometer. You cannot let the anger of your child go unchecked, otherwise the emotion can increase from simple frustration to full-blown rage and bitterness. Let’s face it. There’s just no definitive way to anger-proof your children, but you can teach them how to control their temper.

In all of my years working as a counsellor, I have not been able to give parents a fool-proof plan for anger. All I have been able to provide is a guide of sorts that will allow them to not only help their child control anger, but also help them develop the coping skills to avert and avoid anger.

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What Happens if I Reward my Child with Food?

 should i reward my child with foodI am a firm believer of motivation and its benefits for raising your children the right way, but right off the bat, allow me to throw in this tidbit: we’re all different parents and we all raise our children the way we want them to grow up.

I like motivation. I like the way they can be used to drive your children to do something. Sometimes, I like to offer incentives to my children if they do something – like get good grades or do chores. However, I don’t do it as much as I want because I don’t want my children to grow up with the QUID PRO QUO mentality – I scratch your back and you scratch mine.

Rewarding your child with something, like food, can be positive but it can also be detrimental to their development and progress.

What do I mean by this?

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How Useful are Educational Video Games?

educational video gamesEducational video games are big business. After all, you’re combining education and video games and it makes for a big break to market to both parents and children.

The question is, do they actually work? There hasn’t been that much research done to really answer that question, especially when it comes to games designed for children.

One small survey reported that kids who played educational video games were less likely to suffer from attention problems at school, in contrast to kids who played more violent or arcade-like video games.

But can educational video games  offer more?

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Should I Allow my Child to Use Social Media?

Children and teens find it easy to create and information online by means of social media sites. Sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram can be accessible via their computers, tablets, and even mobile phones.  They can also upload their audio and video files via websites like YouTube and Spotify.

With these social media sites, children and teens are given the opportunity to be creative and to stay connected with their friends, but with this gift, they have also become exposed to the dangers that accompany the use of these websites.

The social media landscape changes more quickly than you can change your shirt. In this article, I will go over the basic definition of social media, the functions of popular social media sites being patronized by children and teens alike, and most importantly, the risks that come with these sites.

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How To Talk About Loss With Your Child

deal with lossDeath is a very sensitive topic and will affect your family at some point, and it’s a subject that few parents know how to talk about with their children.

When do you know that you’ve explained too much?

When do you know that you’ve answered too little?

A lot of parents are always looking for advice on how to talk about death with their little ones – especially after the passing of a loved one.

Even if a family has not experienced loss, the presence of ghosts, tombstones, and specters during Halloween celebrations can often trigger a child’s curiosity for the afterlife.

With that said, here’s how you can talk about loss with your child.

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Money can make you happy – as long as you spend it on therapy

money does not guarantee happinessWe want our kids to live a happy life, now and when they become adults. However, in a world as materialistic as this one we live in, we couldn’t help but worry that they might equate happiness with having money as they grow up. In many cases, kids already think that way. Then again, how children view happiness largely depends on the way they were raised. If you spoil them and give them whatever material stuff they want, they are likely to grow up believing money can make you happy. The funny thing is, can money really make us happy? If the findings of a recent study are to be believed, money can indeed make you happy, that is, if you spend it on therapy.

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How Much Social Media Is Enough?

social mediaNo one can deny that social media, as it stands today, is an essential part of our everyday lives. This is most especially true of our children, teenagers in particular. Practically all teenagers spend a lot of their time on social media sites, and that, per se, is not necessarily a bad thing. Social media sites, after all, have a lot of good things going for them. For one, they help kids stay connected with family. Social media can also help teach social responsibility to our kids to the point where they can join non-profit and charity campaigns. Their creativity may also be enhanced as ideas, music and art are freely shared and discussed on social media.

Social media, however, can get real addictive, and addictions of all forms are certainly not good for anyone, especially our children. It is our responsibility as parents to put some limits on their use of social media. Then again, how much social media is enough to force us to intervene and put our foot down? You’ll know your kids have had enough social media when:

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