Sunday, April 20, 2014

Reading choices for children and how to encourage kids to read

Here's an interesting article on reading choices of Kiwi kids. It also includes some tips on encouraging children to read.  To read the article, click the link beliw.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

How to learn anything in 20 hours

This TED presentation is quite interesting.  The general point is that anyone can learn pretty much anything to quite a competent level in just 20 hours.  This is likely to be a little more appealing than the 10,000 hour theory made so well known by Malcolm Gladwell in his book Outliers, especially for those of us who already have a full diary!

To find out how the 20 hour learning theory works, you simply need to spend only 20 minutes watching this TED talk!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Slow Parenting

I love pod casts!  They're a great way to get quality information on just about anything.  I listen to them when I'm out running, at the gym, walking my dog, hanging out the washing ... pretty much anytime when I'm on my own and doing something that doesn't require too much thinking (and I want to think about something!).

A recent pod cast I've come across is The Wellness Family.  Plenty of great advice on what it takes to raise a family and be a great parent.  The first in the series really made me think about some of the hyper-parenting that I do with my own two daughters!  The blurb for the pod cast is:

'Hyper-parenting…it involves over-scheduling our kids, buying them lots of stuff, and wanting them to be more genius than everyone else in the class. Too much pressure? Yes…both for our kids and ourselves. The alternative is slow parenting. It doesn’t involve doing everything at a snail’s pace. Instead, it’s about listening to our instincts, making our own choices, and celebrating family life. You’ll take away so many lovely ideas from my chat with guru of the slow movement, Carl Honore'.

To listen to the pod cast, click here.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Social Justice - One person doing his bit!

This You Tube clip by Casey Neistat shows what can be done to help others when a little lateral thinking and creativity is used.  Take the next 6 minutes and 45 seconds to see what I mean ...