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How To Deprogram Your Own Mind

Mindfulness involves self-deprogramming -- Howard

 

"Recognize that programming is everywhere, and it isn't all bad. Your programming started with your parents teaching you things, and both consciously and unconsciously programming you with all of their beliefs and attitudes. That is not necessarily bad — it is usually good. You are better off for having had parents who cared about you and wanted to teach you. But unfortunately, you also inherited all of their misinformation, superstitions, mistakes, and irrational and untrue beliefs."


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‘How Children Succeed,’ by Paul Tough

In his new book, “How Children Succeed,” Tough sets out to replace this assumption with what might be called the character hypothesis: the notion that noncognitive skills, like persistence, self-control, curiosity, conscientiousness, grit and self-confidence, are more crucial than sheer brainpower to achieving success.

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New South Brooklyn Children's Garden Will Teach Kids About Urban Farming | Inhabitat New York City

New South Brooklyn Children's Garden Will Teach Kids About Urban Farming | Inhabitat New York City | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Members of the South Brooklyn Children’s Garden (SBCG) and a group of half-sized helpers spent the weekend laying groundwork for what will soon be a community vegetable garden.
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Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain

Listening to Complainers Is Bad for Your Brain | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Exposure to nonstop negativity actually impairs brain function. Here's how to defend yourself.
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Reimagining the Future of Higher Education: From STEM to SEAD | Institute For The Future

The Network for Science, Engineering, Art and Design (SEAD) is one of the few National Science Foundation-supported efforts to synthesize what we now know about the role of art and design into the practices of science and engineering as a formal institutional agenda. Its vision is to become the leading advocate for collaboration among the sciences, engineering, arts and design, fostering innovation and learning that impact community sustainability and economic growth.

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Dollhouse 2.0: Roominate Lets Girls Play Architect, Designer, and Technologist

Dollhouse 2.0: Roominate Lets Girls Play Architect, Designer, and Technologist | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Roominate is the toy "where every young girl is an artist, engineer, architect, and visionary" with her own opportunity to build a dollhouse-sized room, customize the furniture, select the decorations, and electrify the whole thing with working circuits. Kessler, Brooks, and Chen began the project while studying engineering and business as graduate students at Stanford. Their Kickstarter reached its $25,000 goal within five days, and ended on June 16 with almost $86,000 raised. They sold more than 1,300 units and the waiting list shows even more demand.

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Mom's emotional health during child's early years linked to teen's oral health

A mother's emotional health and education level during her child's earliest years influence oral health at age 14, according to a new study.
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Associations Between Co-playing Video Games and Adolescent Behavioral and Family Outcomes

This pdf is a research paper. In the abstract we read:

"At the bivariate level, time spent playing video games was associated with several negative
outcomes, including heightened internalizing and aggressive behavior and lowered prosocial behavior.
However, co-playing video games with parents was associated with decreased levels of internalizing and aggressive behaviors, and heightened prosocial behavior for girls only. Co-playing video games was also marginally related to parent–child connectedness for girls, even after controlling for age-inappropriate games played with parents.
Conclusions: This is the first study to show positive associations for co-playing video games between girls and their parents."


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Help for Kids – “Everything You Need”

Help for Kids – “Everything You Need” | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Have you noticed all the reports about the state of health in children? About their over medication, learning problems...

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Thanks David, I really want to get this in the hands of every parent who has the little ones. This is a pre-publication announcement so there will be many free copies sent out before it goes on sale.
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Do Spanish babies walk sooner?

Do Spanish babies walk sooner? | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
MADRID — Do new technologies in toddler development make babies live up to potential or parents less loving?
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Chain of violence: Study shows impact on Palestinian and Israeli children

Chain of violence: Study shows impact on Palestinian and Israeli children | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Children exposed to ethnic and political violence in the Middle East are more aggressive than other children, and the younger the child, the stronger the effect.
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Sacrificing sleep to study can lead to academic problems

Regardless of how much a high school student generally studies each day, if that student sacrifices sleep in order to study more than usual, he or she is more likely to have academic problems the following day.
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A little music training goes a long way: Practicing music for only few years in childhood helps improve adult brain

A little music training goes a long way: Practicing music for only few years in childhood helps improve adult brain | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
A little music training in childhood goes a long way in improving how the brain functions in adulthood when it comes to listening and the complex processing of sound, according to a new study.
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It's Time to Re-Think the U.S. Education System

Children today, those born after 1995, are seeing a world that looks substantively different to them than the world did to members of Generation Y during their formative years. In an earlier post, I discussed how the global financial crisis and mobile technology have catalyzed the formation of a new generation. Because this new cohort is concerned about sustainability and living within finite limits, I call them the Re-Generation.

Clearly the experiences these Re-Gens are having in school are also influencing the ideas they're forming. And, although there are some encouraging signs of change, several major challenges stand out from my ongoing discussions with today's 11-13 year olds.

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In Creative Economy, Workers need Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose

In Creative Economy, Workers need Autonomy, Mastery, Purpose | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
If, as Pink has suggested elsewhere, we're moving into an age where entrepreneurship and the ability to think laterally as well as deeply will be the most financially rewarding, if the risk takers and meaning-makers ultimately win, then workers, whether employed professionally by someone else, or alone in the studio before a blank canvas, need autonomy to be at their best. They need mastery.

They need purpose.

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Replacing Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity

Replacing Fear of the Unknown with Curiosity | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

It’s not surprising we would be afraid of the unknown. Millions of years of evolution have prepared us to fear lots of things that might threaten us, and our fear is a good protector much of the time. But our unexamined fears cause a host of problems. They lead to bigotry and prejudice; insular behaviors and group-think; judgment and assumptions; stagnation and lack of creativity.

Our best corrective to unwarranted fear is curiosity. The more we can approach what is new and potentially frightening with an open and curious mind, the better our chances of learning and understanding rather than judging and assuming. And the greater the possibilities for living harmoniously and sustainably.

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Parents: Do Your Kids Use Their Mobile Devices to Cheat At School?

Parents: Do Your Kids Use Their Mobile Devices to Cheat At School? | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Some students use their mobile phone for more than texting with friends or playing games.
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Teens who can cope don’t think ‘me first’

Teens who can cope don’t think ‘me first’ | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Adolescents who cope with stress by working to reduce it are more likely to take part in actions that help others, like volunteering and donating money.

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Early exposure to antibiotics may impact development, obesity

Early exposure to antibiotics may impact development, obesity | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Researchers have made a novel discovery that could have widespread clinical implications, potentially affecting everything from nutrient metabolism to obesity in children.
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Intense prep for law school admission test alters brain structure

Intense prep for law school admission test alters brain structure | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
Intense prep courses for the Law School Admission Test are popular for good reason: They can improve scores significantly.
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Ed Zed Omega: A Serious Game Visualizing New Approaches to Education

Ed Zed Omega: A Serious Game Visualizing New Approaches to Education | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

"There's this expression, "zed omega." It means "so over." When you go zed omega, you are done." -Ed Zed Omega Revealed  When it comes to.When it comes to public or private education, everyone has an experience, everyone has a story, and everyone has an opinion...

Andi McDaniel and Ken Eklund have brought something new to the conversation about education with their freshly-launched project, Ed Zed Omega. The project focuses on a set of voices that often gets lost in the cacophony that pervades the education discussion: the voices of those most directly affected by our education systems, the people currently subject to the state of “being educated.” Ed Zed Omega features the stories of six fictional teens who have decided that they are done with education, and that they’re not going back. Their guidance counselor, Mary Johnson, has convinced them to use the time they would have spent in school to complete one more assignment, exploring solutions to the problems they perceive in education. Ed Zed Omega launched on August 15, 2012 and will run through November 15, 2012 to follow their journey...."


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Teens who drink more prone to opioid abuse

Teens who drink more prone to opioid abuse | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it

Researchers from Yale University believe the study, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, is the first to demonstrate that early alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use are all associated, to varying degrees, with a two- to-three times greater likelihood of subsequent abuse of prescription opioids.

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How has the world changed for the class of 2012? [INFOGRAPHIC]

How has the world changed for the class of 2012? [INFOGRAPHIC] | 21st Century Parenting | Scoop.it
When things change over time and we live through the changes, we often don't notice their scale or impact on our behaviour or thinking. It's like growing up - you don't wake up each day thinking 'wow!
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For poorer children, living in a high-cost area hurts development

Researchers have found that young children in lower-income families who live in high-cost areas don't do as well academically as their counterparts in low-cost areas.
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Time with parents is important for teens' well-being

Teenagers are famous for seeking independence from their parents, but research shows that many teens continue to spend time with their parents and that this shared time is important for teens' well-being, according to researchers.
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