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Teaching Adaptability as a Life Skill

<a href="/articles/teaching-adaptability-as-a-life-skill">Teaching Adaptability as a Life Skill</a>

Across a student’s lifetime, their world will change and change again. They’re likely to see industry reshaped, medical advancements, and huge changes to technology. In their own life too, they will begin school, transition to further education or work, move out of home, begin or end relationships, maybe have children, and retire from work. To navigate this ever-shifting world, young people will need to be adaptable. But is this something you can teach? And what kind of difference can being more adaptable make? Read full article

Drive to Win – When Children Learn Competitive Behaviour

<a href="/articles/drive-to-win-%E2%80%93-when-children-learn-competitive-behaviour">Drive to Win – When Children Learn Competitive Behaviour</a>

Parents have a range of feelings about competitive behaviour in their children. But when and how do children learn about competition and how much of it is learned behaviour? It is often written that“Children are not born with a competitive urge. They learn it.” Children may well learn competitive behaviour from watching others, and be encouraged by adults, but it appears that the ‘will to win’ does not usually develop before the age of four. Read full article

Giving Your Children Choices Lays Good Foundations for Future

<a href="/blogs/benisonoreilly/2011/08/15/giving-your-children-choices-lays-good-foundations-for-future">Giving Your Children Choices Lays Good Foundations for Future</a>

Dr Jeffrey Pfeifer, a forensic psychologist from Swinburne University of Technology, was asked about some research he’d conducted into sixty American sports stars. Thirty of these stars were ‘models of professional behaviour’; the other thirty had been in trouble with the law. He found that: ": the group of individuals who had found themselves in trouble with the law were less likely to have experience in their lives with making choices whereas the ones who had not gotten into any trouble seemed to have a lot of experience in their lives from childhood up, making choices. Read full article

It's Mine - Teaching Children about Sharing

<a href="/articles/its-mine-teaching-children-about-sharing">It&#039;s Mine - Teaching Children about Sharing</a>

When children want something, their feelings are often passionate. They can be gripped by a desire so strong that no other option will do. Every cell in their bodies is organised to communicate that having the blue shovel or the green balloon is the key to their happiness—a yellow shovel or a red balloon simply won't do. But as any parent who has tried to enforce sharing knows, taking turns at those moments is far easier said than done. Read full article