Personal Development

Kids Social Skills: Quick Guide for Parents

Teaching your child to talk is just part of the deal. Apart from making words into sentences, you should also explain to them what effect their communication and behavior can cast on others. In essence, that's what good social skills are all about. So What are Social Skills? Social skills stand for a group of abilities we use to communicate and interact with others, both verbally and non-verbally. Nonverbal communication includes our body language, gestures, and little personal mannerisms we use for...

How to Use a Behavior Chart to Motivate Your Kids

Take a sweeping look over any elementary school classroom, and you’ll find a behavior chart of some sort. Why do those simple pieces of paper remain so popular? The answer is simple: behavior charts work! Based on the concept of extrinsic motivation, they can prompt the kids to change negative behaviors, develop good habits, and see their progress towards goals. Unfortunately, not all behavior charts will do miracles. Yours won’t be effective if they make your kids feel bad about themselves,...

What Parents Should Know About Executive Function Development

All of us have acted on impulse every once in a while. Perhaps we made a clothing purchase on a whim – something that we never ended up wearing. Maybe we made a quick hurtful comment to someone without thinking. But for the most part, we control our impulses pretty well. That’s because as adults we have a well-developed executive function, and impulse control is a part of that. As a parent, you will also need to help your child develop...

The Subtle Art of Flattery in The Workplace

Does flattery have a place in the office? Does it motivate people to improve their performance? Is someone more likely to provide favors to someone who has used flattery? Or, does flattery simply lead to derisive thoughts and eye-rolling? That's a bit bucket of questions we are about to answer in this post. Despite the common belief, flattery can be more effective and constructive than many people might imagine. However, there are risks involved in using this technique, and in some...

What Is Extrinsic Motivation?

Every day we roll out of our beds and contemplate on what tasks and activities we'll do next. We anticipate some of those and dread others. How come? Well, that has something to do with the pesky thing called “motivation” – our driver for doing what we are doing (or procrastinating on some things). As the title suggests, in this post we’ll take a close look at what is extrinsic motivation and how it can help you get better at managing yourself...