“Almost all creativity involves purposeful play.” – Abraham Maslow
Cristina Margolis shared her unique story about how the Captain Underpants book series has helped her child develop a love for reading, while also helping her to not only better understand, but accept her ADHD. The series author Dav Pilkey has made it his goal to make kids laugh, read, and understand that everyone is different. Kids with ADHD are different, and that should be embraced, celebrated even. We agree that everyone should embrace what makes them different! Special thanks to Cristina Margolis for this great reader submission and to Dav Pilkey for creating such a wonderful tool for children with ADHD. Read more about Margolis’ experience with the series and Dav Pilkey here!
Ohio State University has found that “positive parenting” can help children with ADHD stay calmer and perform better. According to the study, “positive parenting included praise, encouragement and problem-solving. Negative parenting included critical statements, physical discipline and commands that gave children no opportunity to comply.” When a parent used positive parenting, researchers saw an improvement in the child’s biological regulation. Read full article here.
Mindfulness is an important tool for being a productive and present human. It is a skill that is hard to master, but can reduce stress, improve relationships, and boost productivity for all ages. Mindfulness is basically intense focus on the present, coupled with a “gentle, accepting attitude.” In David Gelles’ article, he outlines tips to help parents practice mindfulness with their children at all stages of the child’s life to help parents stay positive with their children, and to help children develop coping skills and reduce anxiety. Read full article here.
New research from the Association for Psychological Acience has shown that children who are spanked are more likely to have behavioral issues. Researchers examined families that spanked against those that did not, and found that over the next three years, the children who were spanked were reported to have more behavioral issues than those who were not. Though this subject has been difficult to assess in the past due to ethical concerns, researchers are finding new ways to prove that spanking a child is never the correct parenting method. Read the full article here.