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Why Are Kids So Distracted?: 3 Tips to Help Your Child Focus on Homework

Why Are Kids So Distracted?: 3 Tips to Help Your Child Focus on Homework

Adolescents (ages 10 to 19 years) are at an age where their brains are primed to learn and take in information rapidly, but their brains are also incredibly prone to distraction. By understanding why kids are so easily distracted, we can better assist them in achieving focus and harnessing their brains’ learning superpowers!

Study Skills for High Schoolers – Mastering Note-Taking

Study Skills for High Schoolers – Mastering Note-Taking

Effective study strategies and tools are vital to supporting high schoolers in their learning, focus, and understanding of their school subjects. There are many study strategies worth trying, each with its own unique benefits.

How Meditation Boosts Creativity and Focus in Kids

How Meditation Boosts Creativity and Focus in Kids

A 2019 study found that high-school students who practiced meditation had greater attention spans than those who did not. Another study led by Patricia Broderick, Assistant Research Professor at Penn State University, highlighted the effect of meditation and mindfulness on the well-being of adolescents. The participants of the study who practiced meditation exhibited increased calmness, emotional regulation, and general wellbeing.

Metacognition: Reflective Learning Can Help Kids Perform Better

Metacognition: Reflective Learning Can Help Kids Perform Better

In 1928, Margaret Mead, an American Cultural Anthropologist, was famously reported saying, "Children should be taught how to think, and not what to think." It turns out she was way ahead of her time and was already tapping into a theory that educational psychologists would later term 'Metacognition'.

Try 'Deep Focus' to Help Your ADHD Child Focus

Try 'Deep Focus' to Help Your ADHD Child Focus

When it comes to attention spans, teenagers have it even worse than us. The average teenager has an attention span of approximately 35 minutes. Pre-teens, younger children, and those with ADHD have even less than that. This is why hours of studying or homework, without structure or breaks, are rarely successful or sustainable.

Deep Play Helps Teenagers Learn

Deep Play Helps Teenagers Learn

Play is inherently fun, but serves a far greater evolutionary purpose than just entertainment. That's why the act of play activates the nucleus accumbens -- the reward center of the brain. Its by-products, learning, creativity, social connection, and problem-solving, were critical to the evolution of our ancestors. As Dr. Brown explains, we are 'built to play and built by play.'

Parenting
An Icy Truth - Cold Showers Are Good For You and Your Kids!

An Icy Truth - Cold Showers Are Good For You and Your Kids!

When our body is exposed to cold, a stress response is triggered and as a result a cocktail of neurochemicals. These neurochemicals are responsible for initiating, directing, and sustaining focus. Cold exposure has a significant effect on cognitive performance, specifically in terms of enhancing focus and attention.

A Five-Step Guide to Emotional Agility for Kids

A Five-Step Guide to Emotional Agility for Kids

Susan David, Harvard Medical School Psychologist and bestselling author of Emotional Agility, describes the concept as the ability to mindfully navigate positive and negative emotions.

Fear-Setting: A Stress Management Tool for Kids

Fear-Setting: A Stress Management Tool for Kids

Fear-setting is an extremely helpful tool for adults and children alike to learn to identify their fears and to separate what can be controlled from what cannot. By focusing on what is in our control, and taking action, we can decrease emotional reactivity and stress.

The Key to Raising Successful Kids: Let Them Try Different Hobbies!

The Key to Raising Successful Kids: Let Them Try Different Hobbies!

It has long been debated whether early specialization or sampling (allowing children to try an array of hobbies and sports) is more effective in setting kids up for success in any given area. Angela Duckworth explains that “young people thrive when given the freedom to explore a wide array of interests without an obligation to stick with any of them.”

Dealing with a Bored Kid? It's Actually Good for Their Brain!

Dealing with a Bored Kid? It's Actually Good for Their Brain!

Boredom has an evolutionary purpose and is critical for brain health. A Northeastern University study found that during periods of mind-wandering, our brain networks are more active than ever. "Virtually the whole brain was involved", said Kuyci. So what are our brains doing while we are bored and why should we start embracing boredom?

Stressed Out Kid? Believe It or Not, Stress Can Be Positive!

Stressed Out Kid? Believe It or Not, Stress Can Be Positive!

The way we respond to stress and anxiety gives us a degree of control over the way we allow it to affect us and alter our wellbeing. This is thanks to neuroplasticity -- the brain's ability to change. By changing our thinking and taking practical steps to work through anxiety, rather than avoid it, we can transform anxiety into something useful.

Family Mealtime is Important for Kids: 3 Tips to Eating Together

Family Mealtime is Important for Kids: 3 Tips to Eating Together

Research indicates that eating communally as a family unit is becoming less and less common, especially in the US. Only 30% of American families share meals regularly and the average family shares a meal less than five days a week.

Habits & Behavior
The Science-Backed Benefits of Morning Meditation For Kids

The Science-Backed Benefits of Morning Meditation For Kids

A 2019 study published in the International Journal of Social Science and Economic Research explored the effect of meditation on the achievement, attention, and memory of high school students. The study found that those high schoolers who practiced meditation showed improved memory and greater attention spans.

4 Steps to Teenage Habit Building

4 Steps to Teenage Habit Building

It's never too late to learn new habits, or unlearn old ones. According to Professor Laurence Steinberg, a leading expert on adolescent psychological development, between the ages of 12 and 25, our brains are most plastic.

Teenagers Need More Sleep: 4 Healthy Sleep Habits For Teens

Teenagers Need More Sleep: 4 Healthy Sleep Habits For Teens

As parents, it’s easy to worry that our teens are sleeping far too much or that they only make their way out of their bedrooms in the afternoons on weekends. If this rings true to you, I urge you not to be too concerned. We know now, thanks to recent developments in neuroscience, that during adolescence teenagers undergo extreme physiological changes which demand more sleep than the average adult.

The Benefits of Exercise for Kids: 3 Tips to Get Kids Moving

The Benefits of Exercise for Kids: 3 Tips to Get Kids Moving

Exercise has many positive effects on learning, brain health, and mental health. That's why it is essential for adolescents whose brains are developing rapidly. School or extracurricular sports are a fun, social, and competitive way to introduce exercise into teenagers' routines. If your child is not so inclined, we've put together a few tips to get them started and introduce movement into their daily routines.

A 3-Step Morning Routine for Kids: And It's Backed by Science!

A 3-Step Morning Routine for Kids: And It's Backed by Science!

We have done the research for you and tapped into the latest studies in neuroscience to develop a simple and actionable morning routine proven to boost cognitive function, performance, and overall mood.

Organizational Skills
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