One of my favourite times of day when I bring together just a handful of blog posts I have read and enjoyed. Please leave a link to your latest post in the comments section so that I can share it.
Robbie Cheadle writes children’s books in collaboration with her young son Michael. And this is just one area where Robbie encourages her children and others to explore their imaginations through play and creative activities. She talks about this in her post today and also includes a tutorial for the younger members of your family to make fondant ducklings for Easter.
The importance of creativity for children
I have always thought that creativity and imagination are very important to the development of the human race. As I have watched children I teach, my own children and my nieces and nephews paint, create with fondant, play dough and clay and a myriad of other mediums, I have seen how it stimulates many of them to think in different ways. How creating an aeroplane out of clay, or even out of paper, starts a process of how to make the various important pieces required for flight, how they work and, most importantly in this case, how to make the aeroplane aerodynamic and keep it in the air. Some children like to work in groups and some like to work alone, but there is little doubt in my mind that all children benefit from an opportunity to be creative.
Do read the rest of this very interesting post with some wonderful ideas to keep children busy being creative over the Easter Holidays: https://robbiesinspiration.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/the-importance-of-creativity-for-children/
Next an exploration on how Gratitude evolved in our society by Alk3r who shares an article by Malini Suchak who is an assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology, and conservation at Canisius College. Her research on gratitude was supported through the GGSC’s Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude project.
How did gratitude evolve? Researchers are starting to trace this common human emotion all the way back to primate behavior.
“Thank you.” Two simple words, among the most repeated on a daily basis. When I travel to a foreign country, it is one of the first phrases I learn, just after “hello.” When children start making verbal requests, their parents quickly teach them to say “please” and “thank you.”
Plenty of research shows the benefit of saying thank you, as well as of other expressions of gratitude. Gratitude is one of the fundamentally important parts of human life, and comparative psychologists like myself are always interested in where these things come from, in the grand scheme of things. How did we as humans end up as a species for whom gratitude is as much a part of our social relationships as gossip?
Read this fascinating article: https://alk3r.wordpress.com/2017/04/04/the-evolution-of-gratitude/
At the end of March I shared the link to the first of Madelyn Griffith-Haynie’s story. She suffered serious injuries that required months of rehabilitation which would not have been possible without the support and empathy of those around her. Madelyn uses her story and the following events that culminated in a savage mugging, to emphasise the necessity of empathy in our world if we are to maintain our humanity. Here is the link to part three and I have also put the links to parts one and two which I recommend you read.
In a single moment, my life changed forever.
For those who haven’t read Part-I or Part-II, I will quickly bring you up to speed: I was gang-mugged at gunpoint.
Only one result was an extremely bulky cast on my arm covering all but the tips of the fingers on a badly crushed dominant hand. For three long and difficult months it was not safe for me to drive.
For almost two solid months post-mugging, primarily due to a protracted period of snow and ice, I was practically in “solitary confinement,” stuck with a temporary replacement phone that rarely worked reliably. (It would take several lengthy trips to the Apple store over many months to finally obtain my fourth iPhone that continued to work beyond a few weeks!)
I was unable to type or journal my thoughts to help me center or attempt to make sense of my experience and my extreme reactions to it.nbsp;
Read the rest of Madelyn’s story of her recovery and the bombshells that she still faced: https://addandsomuchmore.com/2017/04/05/sorry-for-inconvenience-part3/
And last but not least Ned Hickson writes an article on autism to mark National Austism Awareness Month. He shares the story of his son who has been diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and the reactions that some people have to the condition.
Autism awareness can lower a few raised eyebrows
I knew very little about the autism spectrum back in 2006, when I met the young boy who would become my son. My wife and I had been dating for several months when we decided it was time to introduce each other to our children. She explained that he had Asperger’s Syndrome and likely wouldn’t make eye contact — and to not take it personally if he avoided any physical contact like a firm handshake.
“And whatever you do, don’t tousle his hair,” she instructed with a squeeze of my hand. “He really doesn’t like that.”
Autism is a neurological developmental disability with symptoms generally appearing before age 3, impacting the development of the brain in areas of social interaction, communication skills and cognitive function.
To read the rest of this informative article: https://nedhickson.com/2017/04/05/autism-awareness-can-lower-a-few-raised-eyebrows/