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How children teach us to be mindful

How children teach us to be mindful

  Children are the only ones that love us without judgment, celebrate our smallest victories and have their antennas up for our distress. Their uncanny attunement to their surroundings makes their emotional wealth seems prodigal. Their definition of daily success...

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How to determine if you’ve a digital addiction problem

How to determine if you’ve a digital addiction problem

  You're not completely to blame:  First, its not all about you, and your weak willed nature that's making you a screen sucking monster. Read about how Big Tech is engineering addiction. What's going on?  In countries like China and Korea, internet addiction is...

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Here’s why we’re addicted to technology

Here’s why we’re addicted to technology

  Why we crave digital distractions?  Unlike real life that can be boring and monotonous, on the internet, even if you want nothing, you can always get something. When we are bored, lonely and feel like we’re unable to make a dent in the world like we want to, we...

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3 strategies to counter distraction addictions

3 strategies to counter distraction addictions

  Predict, Mitigate and Eliminate distraction addictions: There are three ways we can deal with a myriad of distractions we face each day. Because managing distractions is a huge part of maintaining our attention on the big projects and long term goals of our...

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This is Humanity in the throes of technology

This is Humanity in the throes of technology

  Humanity in the throes of technology:  Technology is objectifying humanity. Our fellow humans have turned into objects because we prefer to ignore them to focus on our devices. Thanks to technology, we have facts and truths at our finger tips. But unlike facts,...

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Robots + Empathy > Human Potential

Robots + Empathy > Human Potential

  Robots vs. Humans: Now:  If robots and animals had superior cognitive abilities than us humans, we would not be running the world today. Only humans have the power of imagination, intense curiosity, and can understand the cause and effect scenarios. Only we can...

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Creating an ideal environment for children to thrive

Creating an ideal environment for children to thrive

  How children thrive:  Children thrive in stability and predictability. They cannot find civility in chaos like some of us adults can. So, its up to us parents to give them the sense of security they crave for. It can be a tiny corner at home, on a stage where...

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Actionable tips on how to achieve mindfulness

Actionable tips on how to achieve mindfulness

  Resolving the struggle: Most of us, not including those who’re lucky to be enlightened, don’t want to live in the present moment, because we don’t accept life as it has manifested itself. We then find ourselves in conflict with the moment. When our needs and...

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Why should we live in the now?

Why should we live in the now?

  What is living in the now?  Read about what mindfulness is and why it is such a struggle to live in the now.    The opposite is Mindlessness:  Consider the opposite of living mindfully. It would be a life filled with wishful thoughts and day dreaming. In...

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Why living in the present is so hard

Why living in the present is so hard

  What is living in the now?  Living in the now is living in the present moment and feeling good in its natural stimuli and banality. Although for millenia before us, people had been doing exactly that, albeit with a little day dreaming here and there, only...

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Connect with your child before you communicate

Connect with your child before you communicate

  Connection first, communication next:  Try this. Ask your child questions like, "Did you eat alone again at lunch today?" or "You look high. Are you doing drugs?" Did they suddenly become defiant and respond defensively? Of course, they did. OK, try asking them...

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You know you’re a mom when..

You know you’re a mom when..

  You've wondered about your fear of death, when the only thing you have always been petrified about is your child digging into that forbidden closet or the bathroom cupboard to find out the secret stash of “things”? You've looked down on the bathroom floor to...

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Here’s how to ace that job interview

Here’s how to ace that job interview

  You're for sale:  You've landed an awesome job interview. Congratulations! Its time to prepare yourself for the sale. Wait, you don't know what you have to sell? Believe it or not, an interview is a platform for you to sell three aspects of yourself. You're a...

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The Teen Social Contract

The Teen Social Contract

  As parents we are struggling to wriggle out of the strong, addictive grips of the Big Tech. Our children are growing up in a post figurative society where they don't need us for answering any questions they might have. Yet, if we don't teach them and ourselves...

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Raising children who persevere

Raising children who persevere

“I am not a genius. But I will have a calling and I will challenge myself every day. When I get knocked down, I’ll get back up. I may not be the smartest person in the room, but I’ll strive to be the grittiest.” - From Grit by Angela Duckworth What parents want: ...

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What is Grit and why do we need it

What is Grit and why do we need it

  What is Grit?  There's a song in the movie Zootopia, which goes like this: “I won’t give up, no I won’t give in Till I reach the end And then I’ll start again” The song is about not giving up. Its about not giving up in the face of difficulty. Its about...

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Here’s why your child is hooked onto social media

Here’s why your child is hooked onto social media

  Teenagers now average almost half of the amount of sleep that their counterparts did just a decade ago. Teenagers are finding themselves mostly distracted, lost and overwhelmed. And sadly the reasons have nothing to do with the academic pressure they face at...

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Contemplate death so you can live and give more

Contemplate death so you can live and give more

  Living is a team sport. Dying is a team sport. ~ Timothy Leary. A culture of denial:  When we talk about death, if we at all do, we don't entertain it for the exact experience of what it is. Genocides and decapitations happen elsewhere or on TV. Angelina Jolie...

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Embrace self compassion. And find the peace you seek.

Embrace self compassion. And find the peace you seek.

  We all crave a sense of order, balance and calm in a world of information overload. And in this daily pursuit, we find ourselves even more lost. By adopting a compassionate approach to ourselves, we can stop chasing the perfect version of life that doesn’t...

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Strategies to grow attention span

Strategies to grow attention span

  This past Wednesday afternoon, my 9 year old son kept switching between two tasks. Writing a full page of a mantra praising Lord Shiva, a homework from our Sunday Hindu school. (He hated it) Reading 10 pages of the comic book, Calvin and Hobbes. (He loved it)...

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What children teach us

What children teach us

  Our most rewarding journeys as a parent happen in the most imperfect parenting moments. It’s foolish to think that the kids don’t notice our shortcomings, it’s just that they have accepted us with our imperfections. Not a day goes by when my children don't...

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Here’s how you can extend your brain

Here’s how you can extend your brain

  What is Brain extending:  We usually don't live in the present moment, because we find ourselves overwhelmed in our heads with tasks that need to be remembered, facts we've just learnt and out-of-the-blue ideas that have sparked inside of us. At the same time,...

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Know the Signs of violence

Know the Signs of violence

  Will debates work if there is no action?  16-year-old school shooting survivor, Lyliah Skinner, asked a question about gun access to teens: "As our legislators and leaders, they shouldn't be offering prayers and words, because those mean nothing. We need...

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Parents, here are ways to manage your own anxiety first

Parents, here are ways to manage your own anxiety first

  How anxiety arises:  One of the most important things we can learn as parents is to master our own stress and anxiety. Children pick up easily on our anxieties and insecurities. Having no rational explanations for the way we're conducting ourselves around them...

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How it feels to parent an adolescent

How it feels to parent an adolescent

  If there was a definition of parents of adolescents, it might look like this. This person is highly anxious, stressed and uncertain about a lot of things involving their child. To the mix, I would like to add an element of dread too because I often wonder if...

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Who’s an ideal parent and why can’t we all be them?

Who’s an ideal parent and why can’t we all be them?

Who is an ideal parent?  Ideal parents empower their children to believe in themselves and encourage them to realize their highest potential. An ideal parenting scenario is being the best parents we can be, while keeping our cool factor intact. An ideal parent is one...

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What’s Facebook been upto? No good.

What’s Facebook been upto? No good.

  How Facebook is killing comedy: This is how Facebook is making news waves these days. And its not looking good. The Split Sider magazine has published an interview with Matt Klinman, a writer from New York City. Here's an excerpt. The whole story is basically...

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Understanding stress and emotions in teenagers

Understanding stress and emotions in teenagers

  How stresses arrive?  As parents, we all share a unifying goal. Seeing our children happy. We weed out and do whatever it takes to preserve their laughter ringing in our ears. But, sometimes, uninvited and uninitiated by them, stresses can be triggered in our...

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Strategies for reducing stress in children

Strategies for reducing stress in children

  Strategies to improve your family's wellbeing:  Teaching children how to manage stress is key to their emotional and physical well being. Here are some practical strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your children and the over all wellbeing of...

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Factors influencing emotional development in teenagers

Factors influencing emotional development in teenagers

During the ages of 5 to 12, children learn to do things on their own. This is the age where they feel confident in their ability to initiate and achieve goals. Negligence or restrictions on a child during such time casts doubts on his own abilities leaving him not...

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How to get your teenager to talk

How to get your teenager to talk

  Embrace this thought for a second. As your teen's childhood ends and he enters puberty, your opinions start to mean nothing to him. Well, he would still like to make you proud, but his peers' opinions are what he will take most to heart. Around 12 years of age,...

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Cognitive Development in Teenagers

Cognitive Development in Teenagers

  As their physiological and cognitive functions develop, teens begin to develop the ability to think abstractly. They're bursting with information about the exciting life that's happening around them. They also become self conscious of their growing bodies as...

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Personal Growth Factor

Personal Growth Factor

  Charles F. Kettering quoted once, "High achievement always takes place in the framework of high expectation." Ask your children every morning, "What do you hope to aim for today? What new things do you plan to learn and try today?" The nature of change I...

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How to be a good parent

How to be a good parent

Who are children? Children are little humans who start out their lives with an unconditional positive regard for everyone around them. They assume that we’re doing our best at any given moment. Otherwise, they would've already asked us, “Mom and dad, I don’t feel...

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The business of Animal shit in America

The business of Animal shit in America

  What the shit?  If you thought the YouTube comments section is a septic tank, you're in for a surprise. There's a hog farm in North Carolina, where animal waste including aborted piglets from pregnant pigs falls through slits in the floor. The shit that's...

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Why children rebel

Why children rebel

When caregivers don't live by the rules they preach, children start to question the validity of everything. When children sense that their integrity is being questioned, they rebel. They trust you to put food on the table and provide a safe and secure home to thrive....

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Positive Self Esteem

Positive Self Esteem

  Importance of self confidence and self esteem A caregiver's nurturing contact builds a child's sense of self worth. When children find themselves to be the center of attention of their parents or their caregivers, it lifts their sense of self immensely. The...

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What children crave

What children crave

My son is changing his flat tire on the side of a long, desolate road in the middle of a rainy night. He's 25 and he seems to know what he's doing. But, I'm not there for him. In fact, I'm oblivious to his fate and getting ready for bed a few thousand miles away. This...

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Likability and Success

Likability and Success

  Let's say, your child knows he has to work diligently and study hard if he wants a better future for himself. But, without the lights turned on in his path, how would he know where to go and what to begin with? A good parent turns on the lights for his child....

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A case for technology

A case for technology

  While I was researching to write articles on digital derailment and digital minimalism, my son asked me one time, "What are you doing, mom?" to which I said, "I'm watching the video, 'Could you live without a smart phone?' He replied, "You mean, you're watching...

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Where do your roots of optimism come from?

Where do your roots of optimism come from?

  If there's anything unifying about humanity's existence, its our solitary pursuit of happiness. Its the way in which we choose to define our successes and identify our failures. Its how we contemplate on how well we've spent our lives. Its our unbridled hope...

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How to lead effortlessly

How to lead effortlessly

Live and lead actively:  We're all leaders because we lead our lives. But, is there a way to live an optimal existence? Yes, here's how. Take Initiative: Sometimes all you've to do in a new situation is to take initiative to be labeled as a leader. Even such quick...

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How to be Human: Man vs. Animal

How to be Human: Man vs. Animal

  I grew up watching Indian movies and rubbernecking at street fights in my hometown. Most often during the most dramatic moments of these events, one person would be challenging another with, "Are you a human or an animal? Are you eating grass or rice?" When we...

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Future STRONG – Peak Productivity

Future STRONG – Peak Productivity

  Personal accountability leads to extraordinary personal productivity. And channeling that productive energy in the right direction can transform children into leaders. And, its possible for these little beings to become great leaders while keeping their...

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Future STRONG – Soft Skills

Future STRONG – Soft Skills

  If we don't channel children's energies into productive arenas, we can't expect to create very many brilliant minds for the future. Children these days have no lack of confidence about the things they know AND don't know. But, if we want to raise emerging...

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An antidote to self loathing

An antidote to self loathing

  Imagine you're trapped inside a burning building and the heat from the engulfing fire is almost killing you. But, you've an opportunity to save just one person. Who will it be? If you answered your 85 year old next door neighbor, it's official, you're a saint....

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