Visiting and communicating with family. Screens and technology are a great way to communicate with those you love. Sharing photos, sending texts, and creating family blogs are simple ways to share with family. FaceTime, Skype, and other video chat are amazing tools for the elderly. My mother, who is in a nursing home, is ecstatic when she gets an opportunity to see, interact, and talk to her grandchildren and great-granddaughter via FaceTime. Exploring and learning about the world. Most families cannot take long vacations to explore other countries, but visits via screens can foster a love of travel. Watching movies about other parts of the world, playing video games set in different countries, or checking out websites that provide experiences from a place you’d like to visit are all great ways for kids to explore their world. Developing interests. Who knew that your child wanted to be a chemist when she first started watching YouTube videos about making slime? Kids … [Read more...] about 5 Ways Kids Need Screens If You’re Not a Silicon Valley Exec
In their study, Dr. Valorie Salimpoor and her colleagues (at Montreal’s McGill University in Canada), measured dopamine release in response to music that elicited "chills". Participants in their experiments were asked to listen to their favourite songs while their brains were being observed using a neuro-imaging technique known as Position Emission Tomography (PET). They found that changes in heart rate, skin conductance, temperature, and breathing, were correlated with how pleasurable the music was. Furthermore, their findings suggested that dopamine release was greater for pleasurable music when compared to “neutral” music. In newspaper interviews, Dr Salimpoor said: … [Read more...] about Going For a Song
3. Challenge yourself to grow. When in a close relationship it is inevitable that we engage in psychological projection. Projection is a defense mechanism where we protect ourselves from feeling vulnerable by denying our feelings or inadequacies and attributing them to others. When we become intimate and close with a partner the lines become blurred. It can be hard to separate out what we struggle with versus what we are accusing them of struggling with. Accusing your partner that he/she “can’t communicate” may mean communicating is a challenge for you. Or, accusing your partner of not being open with you may mean that you struggle with closeness and intimacy as well. Take some time to consider how you need to grow as an individual to have a healthier relationship. Journal and write about what specific skill sets you need to improve and write down steps to get there. Even if your partner is not on board, you can still grow and try out what you are learning. … [Read more...] about Feeling Stuck in Your Romantic Relationship?
This post is part three of a series of posts on the psychological and practical benefits of daily practice. In this series, I’ll explore the elements of daily practice, varieties of daily practice, challenges to daily practice, and strategies for meeting those challenges. Please join me in learning more about this important subject! Complete information can be found in The Power of Daily Practice. … [Read more...] about Never Fail at Your Daily Practice Again
Take pregnancy. One person develops into two or more people. Philosophically speaking, at what point is there more than one person? Ethically speaking, we might claim that whatever is good for the fetus is also good for the pregnant person. But we wouldn’t want to tell that to someone who is sick daily due to her pregnancy, or to a family who has lost a woman in childbirth. Physically speaking, it’s fascinating to realize that children’s stem cells are found in the mother’s body. Just as the pregnant body is a paradox that we have to “negotiate,” we have to ask ourselves “where do I end?” “where do you begin?” There aren’t clear answers. It’s ambiguous and open to interpretation. … [Read more...] about The Part of Motherhood We Hate to Talk About