Positive Communication

Conflict is an opportune moment for development

A group of three friends, all aged four, stood around a surfboard and the tension was building quickly. Suddenly it climaxed with one knocking the other over and tears. I walked over and gently helped the little one to her feet and asked what was happening. This was a perfect opportunity to empower the kids…

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How to maintain your child’s natural talent for lateral thinking

Today it’s raining outside and when I suggested cancelling our trip to the park, my four-year-old was full of alternative suggestions. “All the children could have umbrellas, then we won’t get wet!” When I remind her that the equipment will be wet and slippery, she comes up with another idea. “We could go to the…

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Five Ways to Sustain Creativity at Home and in School

Lisa Rivero M.A. from Creative Synthesis published an insightful blog in the journal, Psychology Today, on our capacity for divergent and creative thinking.  Lisa is the author of The Smart Teens’ Guide to Living with Intensity and other education and parenting books. Lisa’s blog shares some simple techniques to reclaim and sustain your own capacity…

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The key to successful discipline and reshaping a child’s brain

“How we deal with the most challenging kids remains rooted in B.F. Skinner’s mid-20th-century philosophy that human behavior is determined by consequences and bad behavior must be punished. (Pavlov figured it out first, with dogs.)…. But consequences have consequences. Contemporary psychological studies suggest that, far from resolving children’s behavior problems, these standard disciplinary methods often exacerbate…

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How to get creativity, innovation and engagement in education

Why creative thinking is important We live in a time of rapidly changing circumstances. “There is one thing humans can do which computers cannot emulate and that is to think and act creatively”. Creative skills can help children to meet and overcome future challenges and it can help them protect and develop their future livelihoods.…

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Embodying Creativity

‘Embodied Creativity’ tells a story of a “classroom” far removed from today’s notions of what you would find in a school. It is inspirational in the way it talks of the importance of children being embodied, learning through movement and happiness. It inspires us to rethink the possibilities of the “classroom” and creative ways to…

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