The Real Reason Why Kids Should Do Housework

Encouraging kids to help out with the housework has often been linked to increasing their responsibility, but here’s an even better reason for getting them involved in domestic chores. If improved mental health is a goal, cleaning the house helps. A large-scale survey in Europe found an inverse association between housework and psychological distress. –Continue reading “The Real Reason Why Kids Should Do Housework”

Social Development in the 21st Century and the Evolution of the Play Date

When G1 was little, I toyed with the idea of homeschooling him. We didn’t in the end because DH was concerned about the social aspects of our children’s development. When I pointed out that homeschooled children actually do turn out more socially adept, he confessed that homeschooling wasn’t the problem. The problem was me. If I hadContinue reading “Social Development in the 21st Century and the Evolution of the Play Date”

Educating Children for an Unknown Future

There is a really interesting article I read recently by Mitchel Resnick promoting the idea that education should be one Lifelong Kindergarten. The logic for his argument goes like this… Education Must Change to Prepare Children for an Unpredictable Future The world is changing so rapidly that we cannot possibly imagine what it will be like when ourContinue reading “Educating Children for an Unknown Future”

Philosophy for Pre-Adolescent Children – Worth it or Waste of Time?

I read an article recently on why children – as in primary school children – should study philosophy. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find the article again to dissect it further, so I did a little background digging instead… Why Should Children Study Philosophy? There is evidence that children who study philosophy: are more likely to achieve betterContinue reading “Philosophy for Pre-Adolescent Children – Worth it or Waste of Time?”

Mind Tools for Students

“Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.” – Richard Dawkins Recently, we wrote about how metacognition helps students improve their learning. To follow up on that article, we took a look are some popular mind tools that support the development ofContinue reading “Mind Tools for Students”

Metacognition – Learning Better by Understanding How We Think

Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think. – Albert Einstein. Education is no longer just about teaching children the 3 R’s and a handful of random subjects. Aside from academic learning, we are also striving to develop the whole child so that our children: have critical thinking skills to sort the factsContinue reading “Metacognition – Learning Better by Understanding How We Think”

Resources: Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills

Knowing how to think is not a given. Children need to be taught how to think critically, logically and with reason. This is because being intelligent and knowing how to think are not the same thing. The problem is called dysrationalia – the inability to think and behave rationally despite having adequate intelligence. Why isContinue reading “Resources: Critical Thinking and Reasoning Skills”

Early Childhood Development – What Neuroscience Says About Parenting, Care and Learning – Part 3

This is the last part of a series of posts on Early Childhood Development – What Neuroscience Says About Parenting, Care and Learning. It follows the trends in neuroscience on parenting, care and learning. The full report can be found here: Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story Overview of the messages from neuroscience on parenting, careContinue reading “Early Childhood Development – What Neuroscience Says About Parenting, Care and Learning – Part 3”

Early Childhood Development – What Neuroscience Says About Parenting, Care and Learning – Part 2

This is the continuation from our previous post on Early Childhood Development – What Neuroscience Says About Parenting, Care and Learning. It follows the trends in neuroscience on parenting, care and learning. The full report can be found here: Engaging Families in the Early Childhood Development Story Overview of the messages from neuroscience on parenting, care andContinue reading “Early Childhood Development – What Neuroscience Says About Parenting, Care and Learning – Part 2”

Early Childhood Development – What Neuroscience Says About Parenting, Care and Learning – Part 1

Babylicious by Figur8 began as an early child development blog with topics and articles following the growth and development of my children. Although my children are exiting early childhood, I still receive queries from new parents about early child development so this is an overview of touching on many of the topics I have covered previously, including a summary fromContinue reading “Early Childhood Development – What Neuroscience Says About Parenting, Care and Learning – Part 1”