Archive for November, 2008

How Your Kids Can Relieve Stress So They Process & Retain Information More Readily

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Have you ever had a person’s name ‘on the tip of your tongue’? And…no matter how hard you try to remember, the harder it seems to become?

However, when you stop trying and relax, guess what happens? The name comes to you. Has this ever happened to you? Yes?

What about when you are taking an exam? Have you ever gone blank? Have your kids ever said that they went ‘blank’ in an exam? Once again, when you relax and stop trying, the information pops into your head.

Why is that? (more…)

Create a Supportive Environment Which Invites & Entices Your Kids To Learn More & Retain More

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

How many of you have been to a concert? If you haven’t, then think of one that you have watched on TV. It is an absolute fact that a great deal of planning needs to go into making it a success.

Let’s take a moment to consider what needs to be planned before the event takes place:

Venue, date and time, promoters, food, music, ushers, equipment need to bring along, equipment already at the venue, purpose, materials, ticket sellers, lighting, stage set-up, sound equipment, drinks, length of concert and so on.

These factors will help make the concert a success or a failure, provided the band has prepared themselves for it. By that I mean, they have practised and have a following.

So, what has the planning of a concert got to do with leaning? (more…)

17 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Brainpower So They Are More Alert & Have Improved Memory

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

Proper nutrition will certainly protect your child’s brain and yours against toxins. It will also improve their mental alertness and assist memory.

To maintain mental alertness, the brain needs:

  • A steady supply of oxygenated blood
  • A steady supply of blood sugar (glucose)
  • And between 8-12 glasses of water per day

So, what can YOU do to boost your child’s brainpower? (more…)

27 Commonly Held Beliefs About Money That Are Sure To Hold You And Your Kids Back In Life

Saturday, November 8th, 2008

It’s funny some of the things you hear parents say to their children.

Let me explain.

I was waiting behind a mum and her two boys in a check-out line at a supermarket. Like most kids, these boys were trying all sorts of tricks to get their mum to buy some lollies which just so happened to be placed strategically near the check-out.

During their ‘conversation’, I heard the mum say three cliches that relate to limiting beliefs about money and ‘rich people’.

The first one was, “Do you think money grows on trees?”, which was followed by ” Do you think I have money to burn?”

However, the icing on the cake cliche for me was, “Only the rich people can afford those!” AAAHHHHHHH!!

Many of us are aware that the words we say to our kids helps to program them to be poor or rich.

What do you think this mum’s words were programming into her sons’ belief systems?

Anyway, this ‘conversation’ reminded me of John Burley’s book, “Money Secrets of The Rich”. In it, he listed 27 limiting beliefs about money and rich people that many of use were taught at home.

When you were growing up, were you ever taught, told or led to believe any of these?

  1. Money is the ‘root of all evil.’
  2. Rich people are evil.
  3. Money doesn’t grow on trees.
  4. Rich people are greedy and selfish.
  5. Rich people are misers and hoard money.
  6. Rich people never give money to charities or to the church.
  7. To get rich you have to be a crook, a liar, a thief or get lucky.
  8. Rich people are like the TV stars we see playing the roles of the rich.
  9. Money won’t make you happy.
  10. Money isn’t that important anyway.
  11. There are more important things in life than money.
  12. We don’t have a lot of money because we love our children.
  13. If God wanted us to have money, he would give it to us.
  14. You have to work hard to make money.
  15. Having a lot of money could (would) make you a bad person.
  16. If you had a lot of money, you would lose it.
  17. If you had a lot of money, you would get sued or audited.
  18. If you had a lot of money, your friends and family wouldn’t like you any more.
  19. Having a lot of money would be complicated or a hassle.
  20. Having a lot of money would mean that you would have to spend a lot of time watching and protecting it.
  21. The rich keep getting richer and the poor keep getting poorer.
  22. You had better save your pennies for a rainy day.
  23. A good job is the way to become rich.
  24. When you grow up you’ll learn the value of money.
  25. If you went through the Depression like we did . . .
  26. A fool and his money are soon parted.
  27. Clean your plate, children are starving in Africa.

Do any of these clichés sound familiar to you? What effect did they have on you as you were growing up? which one have affected you the most? Which ones do you say to your children?

Here’s what i invite you to do: Leave a comment about the sayings you have used or have heard people say to kids.

How to Make & Take Effective Notes With the Ultimate, Easy, Organizational Thinking Tool – A Mind Map – Part 2

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

When your children use Mind Maps, they become more creative, study faster and more effectively, remember better, save time and see the ‘whole picture’. Surely you would agree that these reasons are absolutely huge benefits for them.

A Mind Map will accelerate your kid’s learning and gets them to use their whole brain. It works in accord with your brain by using color, images, symbols, curved lines, words, space, associations and connections to have your thought processes flow.

Originated in 1970 by Tony Buzan, Mind Maps are now used by millions of people around the world – from the very young to the very old, in business, for personal reasons…hey, for any reason at all.

OK, so what do you need to get started with a Mind Map? (more…)