Today we have an opportunity to do something great. We can learn from yesterday, but it is long gone. What can we do differently to change, to expand ourselves and to grow? That is important for us today.
Rewards and disappointments in life can act as teachers. This however is left up to the individual involved. People tend to be energized when given rewards—intrinsic or extrinsic—for their industriousness. When we experience successes in life, owed to calculated actions and attention paid to details, we are motivated to repeat the behaviors which made us successful. It is as though, through a learning process, we pair achievements of our goals with a specific routine. This routine over time becomes automatic. These are habits. Good habits, or those that brings less pain physically or emotionally, are then repeated again and again. The expectation is that we have similar positive responses each time.
If this good feeling is not experienced, or disappointments prevail, one of two approaches are taken:
1. One approach might be to give up and no longer chase our dreams.
2. The other approach is to make adjustments to our routines.
Be as careful of the books you read as of the company you keep, for your habits and character will be as much influenced by the former as the latter.-Paxton Hood
by Jennifer Zimmerman, Demand Media
Behavioral problems have many causes. They can stem from neurological disorders such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, emotional issues such as abuse or family issues such as divorce. Regardless of the cause, though, some activities can help children with behavioral problems. Parents and teachers will need to determine which activities are most appropriate for a specific child.
No activities can eliminate behavior problems, but some can reduce the likelihood of them occurring. Exercise is recommended by both Kids Health and the American Academy of Pediatrics for help with behavioral problems. For children whose behavior problems have to do with anger, Kids Health recommends martial arts, wrestling and running as especially helpful forms of exercise.
Lack of self-control is often a cause of behavior problems, so the National Association of School Psychologists has suggested activities to help teach self-control. One idea is to use puppets to role-play wanting something that you can’t have. The organization suggests having your child write or draw something he’d like to do, then discussing it and sharing something you’d like to do, but can’t. Next, you and your child can use puppets to role-play scenarios that are typically frustrating for children such as wanting a toy that another child has or wanting to play with a friend who isn’t available. After acting out the scenarios, you and your child should discuss how he felt and what choices he made during the exercise.
Reading to your children is more than just an opportunity to settle down at bedtime and increase literacy skills; it can also be an opportunity to practice identifying feelings. Children who struggle to identify feelings, whether their own or others can have behavior problems. The National Association of School Psychologists suggests parents discuss character’s feelings with their children while they read and encourage children to draw pictures to illustrate those feelings.
Sometimes children misbehave because they don’t know how to handle a circumstance or a feeling correctly, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. The National Association of School Psychologists suggests teaching children to deal with feeling angry. Have them recognize that they are angry by identifying characteristics such as clenched hands, then have them count to 10, then have them think about their choices. Discuss choices such as walking away, taking deep breaths or telling the person how you feel in a calm voice. Finally, children should act on their best choice.
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Successful entrepreneurs are givers and not takers of positive energy. ~Anonymous