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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.

The Benefits of Exercise for Kids

The Benefits of Exercise for Kids

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.

A Science-Backed 3-Step Morning Routine for Kids

A Science-Backed 3-Step Morning Routine for Kids

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.

4 Healthy Sleep Habits For Teens

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.

4 Healthy Habits To Set Your Teen Up For Life

4 Healthy Habits To Set Your Teen Up For Life

Adolescence is the best time for habit formation. Why? The teenage brain is undergoing rapid changes in its structure. This process is called neuroplasticity. It's a big word for a simple process - the brain is changing and learning as it goes.This means it's easier to learn and form new habits when we are teenagers compared to later stages of life.

The Best Morning Routine for Your Child: 3 Tiny Habits With a Big Impact

The Best Morning Routine for Your Child: 3 Tiny Habits With a Big Impact

As the new year begins, there's a temptation to overhaul your child's routines. However, introducing too much change at once can overwhelm them and prove unsustainable. Success lies in gradually introducing tiny habits. The sense of accomplishment from completing morning tasks sets a positive tone for the day, fueling momentum for further challenges. Here's how you can start!

The Benefits of Morning Meditation For Kids and Teens

The Benefits of Morning Meditation For Kids and Teens

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.

Parenting
Family Dinners Improve Kids' Grades and Happiness

Family Dinners Improve Kids' Grades and Happiness

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.

Cold Showers Are Good For You and Your Kids

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.

 Believe It or Not, Stress Can Be Positive for Your Child

Believe It or Not, Stress Can Be Positive for Your Child

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

A 5-Step Guide to Emotional Agility for Kids

A 5-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.

How Trying Different Hobbies Can Benefit Your Kids

How Trying Different Hobbies Can Benefit Your Kids

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?

Science Explains Why Your Teen Won’t Listen to You: 4 Ways to Respond

Science Explains Why Your Teen Won’t Listen to You: 4 Ways to Respond

A Stanford School of Medicine study shows that the teenage brain is wired to ignore the sound of their parents' voices in favor of unfamiliar outside voices. During adolescence, teens are biologically seeking independence, a period which can be scary and frustrating for parents.

Study Skills
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'.

The 6 Best Study Skills for ADHD Teens

The 6 Best Study Skills for ADHD Teens

Many kids with ADHD and executive functioning deficits face challenges when it comes to schoolwork and studying. An average of 50% of teens with ADHD repeat a grade by adolescence. Unfortunately, most schools do not equip ADHD students with helpful study skills and strategize to address these challenges.

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.

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.

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 ADHD teens have even less than that. This is why hours of studying or homework, without structure or breaks, are rarely successful or sustainable.

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.

 3 Tips to Help Your Child Focus on Homework

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!

Attention & ADHD
The 6 Best Study Skills for ADHD Teens

The 6 Best Study Skills for ADHD Teens

Many kids with ADHD and executive functioning deficits face challenges when it comes to schoolwork and studying. An average of 50% of teens with ADHD repeat a grade by adolescence. Unfortunately, most schools do not equip ADHD students with helpful study skills and strategize to address these challenges.

Balance Exercises: An Alternative Treatment for ADHD

Balance Exercises: An Alternative Treatment for ADHD

Dr. Jeremy Schmahmann, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, was one of the first to suggest that issues in attention could be linked to the cerebellum. This was initially a surprise to brain scientists who had long known the cerebellum to control balance and coordination in the body.

Vitamin Connection: Kids With ADHD Need Community

Vitamin Connection: Kids With ADHD Need Community

Many children with ADHD, and other learning difficulties, feel different, alienated, and misunderstood. Vitamin Connection, or what Hallowell and Ratey call 'Psychosocial integration' is the antidote. It is a warm and safe environment that ought to be created at home, at school, and in organizations.

Pencil Power: Drawing as a Natural Treatment for ADHD in Kids and Teens

Pencil Power: Drawing as a Natural Treatment for ADHD in Kids and Teens

Drawing is another easy activity kids can do at home with little effort. Drawing requires fine motor skills, precise movement, timing, and coordination like balance. When kids draw, their cerebellum is activated. By practicing drawing, they can improve their fine motor and executive functioning.

Rethinking ADHD: The Misunderstood Symptoms of ADHD in Teen Boys

Rethinking ADHD: The Misunderstood Symptoms of ADHD in Teen Boys

Teenage boys are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than teenage girls. This is likely because the way that ADHD most commonly shows up in boys is external, disruptive, and obvious. But that isn't always the case.

4 Ways to Boost Motivation in Kids with ADHD

4 Ways to Boost Motivation in Kids with ADHD

As a parent, have you ever wondered: How do I get my kids to do what they're supposed to do when they're supposed to do it? That was a rhetorical question, we know you have!

Is Your Child Displaying ADHD Symptoms? Take Our ADHD Test to Find Out!

Is Your Child Displaying ADHD Symptoms? Take Our ADHD Test to Find Out!

It's quite common for kids and adolescents to get distracted in class or forget to turn their assignments in on time. But how do you know if your teen is dealing with the difficulties of adolescence or if their behaviors are a sign of a learning or neurodevelopmental disorder?

 Kids With ADHD Are At Risk for Depression: 4 Tips To Promote Their Mental Well-Being

Kids With ADHD Are At Risk for Depression: 4 Tips To Promote Their Mental Well-Being

Constantly dealing with the demands and frustrations of ADHD can take a toll on a child's emotional well-being. Around 25-30% of children with ADHD also suffer from anxiety, and 17% of children with ADHD from depression. These numbers highlight the importance of proper support for kids with ADHD's mental well-being.

Have You Heard of BDNF?: The Super Molecule of Learning

Have You Heard of BDNF?: The Super Molecule of Learning

The benefits that BDNF has to offer are extensive. For those who struggle with learning and attention, such as children and adults with ADHD and other learning difficulties, tapping into the goldmine of potential that BDNF has to offer can be extremely beneficial.

The Hidden Struggle: Why ADHD in Teen Girls Goes Undiagnosed and Untreated

The Hidden Struggle: Why ADHD in Teen Girls Goes Undiagnosed and Untreated

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, boys are three times more likely to receive an ADHD diagnosis than girls. Why? For many years, ADHD has been perceived as a ‘boys' disorder.’Girls have ADHD - their symptoms look different from those of boys. Because of this, girls aren’t being diagnosed and aren’t receiving proper treatment.

Executive Functioning

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