November 13, 2006
Got yourself a strong-willed toddler? Parenting Hacks suggests that you tell ’em what to do, rather than what NOT to do:Instead, we’ve started to tell her what TO DO. For instance, when she’s about to pick up a cigarette butt on the ground, we say “Yucky. Step on it.”. It redirects her action and becomes something she does every time she sees trash on the ground. Same for throwing food on the floor, “Put it on your tray.” It sounds so simple, but it has changed our lives.
Every time I ask mi parent’s how I was as a toddler, they go pale. All the anecdotes they can think of are mess-related. Apparently I used to climb trees (especially when wearing light colored dresses), to play football and to touch everything at hand (especially crystal made ornaments). As far as they are concerned, teenage hood is a blessing!Do you have a toddler? How do you manage to stay sane? Are they as “messy” as people think they are? If you have any other strong-willed kid tips… please let us know your thoughts and comments. Stay tuned…
November 8, 2006
Again, our friend Marc Accetta helps us discover new aspects of edutainment… In this case, a little bit of history…
The Origins of Edutainment… The fact is, long before Mary Poppins began singing, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down; human cultures were combining education and entertainment to teach what mattered most. Myths have been used throughout the evolution of human culture to teach it’s members the rules of life and what is acceptable behavior within that culture. Parables have been used by prophets to illustrate religious and spiritual tenets, and Fables have been used to demonstrate human value and the validity of moral teachings. Today, edutainment is an effective way to sneak old-fashioned, unstructured children’s play under the noses of adults who may be only just beginning to understand its importance. Professional and non-professional adults alike are quick to jump on the personal development bandwagon in the hope of enriching the experience of life and increasing the opportunity for improving their level of personal achievement. Achievement in all areas of life… physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social and financial!
What do you think? Can you find more examples of edutainment in history? E
I hope so!
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