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Self-Discipline Outdoes IQ in Predicting Academic Performance of Adolescents

This was the title of a research study conducted by Angela Duckworth and Martin Seligman of the Positive Psychology Centre, University of Pennsylvania. Martin Seligman is considered the founder of Positive Psychology, so I would take any research that comes from him seriously. Here is the gist of the study: They were curious – how […]

Kids and Smartphones – When to Say Yes and When to Say No

kids and ipads or tablet devices

Recently, there has been an ongoing debate of whether to encourage or ban the use of smartphones or handheld devices for young children.  Cris Rowan has given 10 reasons why handheld devices should be banned for children under the age of 12 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cris-rowan/10-reasons-why-handheld-devices-should-be-banned_b_4899218.html).  On the contrary, Megan Ebert has given 10 reasons why she will […]

Raising a smart kid

Okay, so yesterday was parents teachers’ meeting. I sat down with her main teacher who very diplomatically told me, “She is still very into socializing in school and basically hasn’t found her passion yet.”  Not that I am defending my daughter, but I am not really sure how much passion one can find out of […]