Grit and a Growth Mindset Eric Barker, author of the blog Barking Up the Wrong Tree (science-based methods to be awesome at all sorts of things) shares six surprising tips from author Carol Dweck about how to raise kids with grit. Read more here.
How optical illusions trick your brain. A Ted-Ed original. Nathan Jacobs an educator and TED-ed contributor shares a 5-minute video lesson about how optical illusions trick our minds. Using a few common illusions Jacobs explains how illusions can shed light on how our brains use some visual information to construct what we see around us. Learn[…]
Traumatic Brain Injury and Kids This short and informative article from National Institute of Health explains what traumatic brain injury is and outlines types of brain injury including their effects on functioning and their most common causes. Included in the article is a clear-cut and shareable infographic and prevention strategies all parents and caregivers can[…]
Brain Games, Puzzles and Interactive Websites The DANA Foundation, creator of Brain Awareness Week, compiled fun and educational resources about the brain and body sorted by site, topic, and age group. Kids can explore brain lobes, memory, how drugs effect the brain, and optical illusions to name a few topics. Find out more here.
In a thought provoking article from the NY Times Well Blog, author Dr. Perri Klass, M.D., examines the importance and possible outcomes of reading to children beginning at birth. The short piece investigates the latest research about how the brain is activated when read to and the differences between normal conversation and being read to[…]
A celebration of the brain. Monday begins an annual, global, week-long campaign and celebration of the brain to increase public awareness and progress of brain research. It’s called Brain Awareness Week and it’s sponsored by the DANA Foundation. According to their website, “The DANA Foundation is a private philanthropic organization that supports brain research through grants, publications, and[…]
Eric Barker, author and creator of the website Barking Up the Wrong Tree, has gathered the latest science on how to parent to create awesome kids. He shares his discoveries and how-to’s in his post 4 New Parenting Tips That Will Make Your Kids Awesome. Read more here!
In this short, 3-minute video, counselor and life coach Dr. Laura Trice reminds us to say thank you and challenges us to find out what others need thanking for.
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Nestled in the rolling hills northwest of Amarillo, Texas, Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch is a residential community open to at-risk children ages 5 to 18. While, at first glance, the campus might appear much like any other Texas Panhandle town, it is much more. Boys Ranch is an entire community built to surround children from across the nation with nurturing support and structure. Each person who comes in contact with the children understands the importance of healthy relationships.