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Why boys prefer video games instead of children's books?

Boys do not like reading books because of the influence women have on children’s literature, says the award-winning children’s author Jonathan Emmett. The writer believes boys are being starved of what they like in books, such as tempered pirates, battles or technical details about space ships, so they are looking for more action in video games. “There is a huge literacy gap between the sexes. Boys have...


How to help students accept their mistakes

Mistakes are the most important thing that happens in every classroom, because they tell teachers where to focus their teaching methods. So why don’t students view mistakes as a valuable tool for their improvement? The answer is that they don’t think about them rationally but emotionally. Mistakes make them feel stupid. Specifically, it's the feeling of shame they feel and their natural response to avoid its...


What causes the phenomenon of childhood amnesia?

Most children have no memories of the first 3 to 3.5 years of their life, according to Patricia Bauer, professor of psychology at Emory University in Atlanta. That's a classic example of a phenomenon known as childhood amnesia. Scientists have known about childhood amnesia for more than a century. But it's only in the past decade that they have begun to figure out when childhood memories start to fade and which...


Children from large families have a worse performance in school

Children from large families do worse in school, according to a new research released by the University of Melbourne. Results in reading and numeracy were up to 5% worse for children with two or more siblings than for those with one or none. In addition, boys who come from larger families were found to be affected more than girls. The researchers, who will present their findings to the Royal Economic...


Active play makes toddlers happier and more social

Toddlers who spend a lot of time in front of the TV or looking at picture books are less happy than those who are involved in more creative activities such as painting, according to a new study. Especially watching TV has a negative impact on their happiness, perhaps because it involves the least interaction, as claimed by researchers from the University of Oxford and the Open University. By contrast, those who...


Video games increase the risk of osteoporosis in adolescent boys

Teenage boys who play video games for hours have weaker bones than those who enjoy outdoor activities. Boys who spend more time in front of the TV or computer have lower bone density than girls or boys who spend quality time in nature, as new research reveals. This means that in later life they face an increased risk of fractures and osteoporosis. The human skeleton grows continuously from birth to late...


How to teach your child to share his toys

When your child refuses to share his favorite toy, he isn't really being selfish, he's just acting his age. Sharing is a skill he'll develop over several years. Meanwhile, struggles over toys will be common. Kids learn by imitating what they see, so take every opportunity to show your child how to share. For example, offer him a bite of your meal. As you do, use the word "share" to describe your behavior. When...


U.S. researchers claim that autism begins in the womb

World Autism Awareness Day is celebrated every year on April 2, starting from 2008, and aims to increase people's awareness about people, especially children, with autism. Autism is a developmental disability that remains with a person for his or her whole life. This condition affects the brain's functions. The first signs usually appear before a child is three years old. However, American scientists claim...


When should babies stop sucking their thumb?

Babies suck their thumb before birth, when they are still in the womb, as it helps them cope with tension. There are many advantages to allowing children to suck their thumb rather than pacifiers, which fall to the floor and need constant sterilization, get entangled in children's clothing and get out of their control. Most children can suck their thumb without damaging the alignment of their teeth or jaws...


Scientists from Toronto urge new mothers to lose their baby weight

Mothers who fail to lose their baby weight within a period of a year after giving birth, have a much higher risk of developing diabetes and heart problems, according to a new study. Scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada, decided to test the theory, watching risk factors during the first 12 months after childbirth. They examined more than 300 women throughout pregnancy and a year after delivery...


The number of children playing outdoors is constantly decreasing

Many parents believe playing with friends outdoors is what they call an idyllic childhood.  But things are quite different when it comes to their own children, who are being forced to stay inside for safety reasons. As a result, the amount of time today’s youngsters spend on outdoor activities has slumped in the space of a generation. Busy parents say they have no time to supervise their children out of...


Summer Vacation in Tinos

Tinos is the island that has, for several decades, been identified as the home of the Virgin Mary, and every year on August 15 it is flooded by thousands of worshipers who make the journey to venerate the Mother of God. However, despite its strong religious element in August, in recent years Tinos has acquired its very own "fan club" of loyal tourists who chose to spend different holidays throughout the year...


Give our children roots and wings!

By Eliza (http://offtoanationoftwo.wordpress.com/) A friend tweeted the following picture the other day and it sums up our family view of bringing up Alexandros. Most of the times it is hard work to do either. Most of the times it is hard to even remember our roots. What is even harder is to let him go. Trust that he is capable of doing things himself. Even now, at the age of 3and ahalf I bite my tongue when...


Rejuvilating Holidays in Alonissos

After such a gloomy and tiring winter what you and your family need is a quiet and relaxing getaway where you can enjoy the scenic beauty that Greece has to offer. Forget  everything you knew about the typical summer vacation on an island, and take our recommendation to visit Sporades. As one of the few remaining "heaven-on-earth" locations that has yet to be tainted by the chaos of tourism, this group of...


Grilled Shrimp Skewers

Try this healthy dish that will make children love seafood. The preparation is fun and you can make the recipe with the company of kids now that schools are closed. Ingredients 1-1/2 pounds large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1/3 cup olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 tablespoons lemon juice (about 1/2 lemon) 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning 1/4 cup chopped parsley fine sea salt freshly ground black...


Super Simple Nutella Ice Cream

It is a taste that kids can hardly resist it. The nutella can be a raw material for an ice cream to cool you down and makes you unable to do a single step away from the freezer. Ingredients - 350 grams (= 12 1/3 ounces = 1 1/2 cups = 360 ml) store-bought chocolate hazelnut spread, preferably all-natural and organic - 410 grams (= 14 1/2 ounces = 1 1/2 cups + 1 tablespoon = 380 ml) unsweetened evaporated...



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