Body image issues are common in both boys and girls. Girls, however, tend to have more body image issues than boys. At least that’s what Carol Weston, author of Girltalk: All the Stuff Your Sister Never Told You and long-time columnist for Girls’ Life magazine, says in an interview about nurturing a healthy body image in girls with Denise Richardson for HowDini.com.
In a study published in the journal Scientific Reports, Professor Ernesto Estrada of the University of Strathclyde’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics made use of mathematical models to analyse data from 15 networks and effectively identify the role of peer pressure in society.
The Huffington Post reports that the genetic variation called the ADRA2b-deletion variant was identified by scientists from the University of Columbia, which suggests that a person with a negative attitude in life might just have been born that way.
The study, which was published in the journal Psychological Science, rapidly presented positive, neutral and negative words to 207 participants. Those who carried the ADRA2B-deletion variant manifested a higher likelihood of noticing the negative words. Still, those who carried the ADRA2B-deletion variant proved able to pick out the positive words better than they were able to highlight the neutral words, just like the participants who didn’t carry it.
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Do you agree with the notion that negative people might just be born that way?
There was a time when bullying was limited to schools and street corners. For a constant victim of traditional bullying, the nightmare at least ends when they get home. That, however, just isn’t possible with this new scourge called cyberbullying.
Defined as deliberately or repeatedly threatening, harassing, humiliating, tricking, exposing, frightening or harming another person using technology, cyberbullying is more hurtful, damaging and harmful than traditional bullying. Worse, with social media sites being that popular among our children today, cyberbullying is essentially inescapable once launched online. It is, for all intents and purposes, one of the most threatening issues facing our children—the social media generation—these days.
Needless to say, cyberbullying should never be tolerated, and should be dealt with by parents in cooperation with school authorities and if need be, the police. If you suspect that your child is victim, here are some tips on how to deal with cyberbullying.
Julia Lawrence of EducationNews reports of a working paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research that says youths who are given to breaking rules are more likely to succeed at business than their equally intelligent and rule-abiding peers.
When we send our children off to school, there is always that big part within ourselves wishing they will have no problems making friends. When they do make friends, that same part also hopes that they all become good friendships. After all, not only are they essential to helping our kids develop social skills, but as an article written by Anna Weinstein for Education.com states, good friendships for young children are also crucial to their achievements in school.
Teachers are aware that they need to connect with their students to become effective teachers. Making that connection, however, also applies to us parents when it comes to educating children. In an article he wrote for the website ParentInvolvementMatters, Rick Ackerly quotes Edward Hallowell, who says this in his book Connect that “connecting is the most important factor in learning”. This is what he had to say.
Dr. Michele Borba, a child expert and author, enlightens us about “kids hooked on rewards”. Parents may think that children deserve a reward when they have done well. While this is true, this reward system can be bad for the children in the long run.
When we let our children use these rewards as motivation to excel or be successful at something, they will have a hard time later on if they no longer have parents to motivate them. The goal is that the kids should grow up motivating themselves for the right reasons.
How to detach kids from the rewards system
- Never give unnecessary incentives
- Give a positive comment on a job well done; never open your wallet
- Let him know that giving himself a pat on the head is okay
- Ask your child to keep a diary to keep tabs on all his accomplishments
- Always remember not to open your wallet.
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Great advice tends to be a very rare commodity. Often, some of the more mediocre ones come out in the garb of smart language or we simply assume an advice to be healthy because it is made by an elder person. This however does not change the fact that the real brilliant advices are like the Haley’s Comet. Pete Wargent for the Property Update writes how such advices should be kept for posterity by noting them down in black and white.