Early Childhood Education and the Four Key Benefits on Child Development

Early Childhood Education and the Four Key Benefits on Child Development

ECE or Early Child Education is considered to be a crucial period in child development. Although not mandatory by the Unites States Department of Education, the early childhood education is a fundamental stage in the learning.

The National Association for Early Childhood Education for Young Children (NAEYC) defines early childhood as occurring before the age of 8. It is during this period that a child experiences the fastest stage of growth and development, be it mental or physical. Their brains develop faster than at any time in their lives, so these years are crucial. In these years, they have established the foundations of social skills, self-esteem, worldview and moral vision, as well as the development of cognitive abilities; on all these important foundations, encouraging early childhood education that promotes healthy development and nurturing, trends show that parents I have come to realize this more and more. In fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), in the past 30 years, enrollment in pre-school education has increased from 96,000 to more than 1 million.

It’s a common misperception that early childhood education is only about learning basic skills. “It’s so much more than that, Says Dr. Jessica Alvarado, academic program director for the BA in Early Childhood Development at National University. Dr. Alvarado further explains it as: “It’s a time when children learn critical social and emotional skills and a partnership is formed between the child, their parents and the teacher. When this is done successfully, it lays the groundwork for it to continue throughout the child’s education.”

Here is what UNESCO has to say about it:

“Early childhood care and education (ECCE) is more than preparation for primary school. It aims at the holistic development of a child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical needs in order to build a solid and broad foundation for lifelong learning and wellbeing. ECCE has the possibility to nurture caring, capable and responsible future citizens.”

Simply put, early childhood education (ECE) helps children gain the necessary academic, emotional, and social skills to prosper in school and beyond. Benefits of Early Childhood Education

Socialization:

Interacting with people outside of the children’s family in a safe environment is an important part of the personality development of the child. As parents, we intuitively understand that it is important to introduce our children to other children and support them in transitioning to their own friendship group. We do our best because it can help children overcome shyness and gain confidence. If we leave this for too long, we will actually hinder their social development. Sharing & Cooperation:

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Supporting a Child in the Five Areas of Emotional Intelligence

Supporting a Child in the Five Areas of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to understand and manage our own emotions and the emotions of others. Its development is distinct from the development of academic intelligence and a child can benefit from the positive impact on success and wellbeing that it can provide. A child experiencing some of the less helpful characteristics common in high learning potential children, such as the tendency towards perfectionism, social challenges, or worry and anxiety, could benefit greatly from the mitigating effect of the development of their emotional intelligence. In our blog Emotional Intelligence and High Learning Potential we looked at what emotional intelligence is and its impact on children with high learning potential. In this article we look in more detail at the five key skill areas identified as constituting emotional intelligence by psychologist Dr Daniel Goleman:

  1. Self-awareness: the ability to recognise your own emotions (and how they affect not just yourself but others around you).
  2. Self-regulation: the ability to remain in control of your actions, whatever emotions you may be feeling.
  3. Motivation: the ability to persevere in your pursuits, even in the face of difficulties.
  4. Empathy: the ability to understand and respond to the emotions of others.
  5. Social skills: the ability to use emotional intelligence in the context of interpersonal relationships.

Self-Awareness

Being able to understand their emotions: what they are, why they are experiencing them and then what to do in response to them, goes a long way in building up emotional intelligence. You can help your child by discussing your own emotions; by modelling emotionally intelligent behaviour, showing them that it is okay to have all different kinds of emotions and that we can respond to them in a positive manner.

Talk to them about how you feel; about how they feel, and about both the big and the small emotions, in order to take the fear of the unknown out of the equation. This can be of immense help to a child who may previously have found it difficult to discuss their feelings. Modelling behaviour in this way can show them that the world does not end when we admit to our emotions; that, in fact, it becomes a whole lot easier to navigate once we do not fear our feelings. Validate their own emotions, and their intensity, and make such discussions so regular that the whole process becomes comfortable, normalised, almost automatic, and certainly significantly less scary.

If they are not comfortable vocalising their emotions, allow them to write them down or draw them. Perhaps make up some emotion cards so that your child can pick out the ones that they are feeling at that moment, or ask them: “If you were an animal, what would you be?”. Helping them to develop the confidence and the vocabulary to recognise, name and describe their emotions will help them to feel more in control, and they can begin to take ownership of them. From that point, they will be much more able to go on to choose appropriate ways forward. For more support in helping them to develop their emotional literacy, see our advice sheet PA616 Describing Feelings

It is also only with the development of such self-awareness that a child can go on to develop another of the key skills of emotional intelligence: empathy. From the stepping stone of being able to recognise their own emotions they will be able to move on to identifying the emotions of others.

Here’s what makes ‘authoritative parents’ different from the rest—and why psychologists say it’s the best parenting style

Here’s what makes ‘authoritative parents’ different from the rest—and why psychologists say it’s the best parenting style

We all want to raise intelligent, confident and successful kids. But where to begin? And what’s the best parenting style to go with?

There are four main parenting styles: Permissive, authoritative, neglectful and authoritarian. It might be that you use one or more of these styles at different times, depending on the situation and context.

The 4 Parenting Styles

But research tells us that authoritative parenting is ranked highly in a number of ways: Academic, social-emotional and behavioral. Similar to authoritarian parents, authoritative parents expect a lot from their children — but they expect even more from their own behavior.

What is authoritative parenting?

Authoritative parents are supportive and often in tune with their children’s needs. They guide their kids through open and honest discussions to teach values and reasoning.

Like authoritarian parents, they set limits and enforce standards. But unlike authoritarian parents, they’re much more nurturing.

Some common traits of authoritative parents:

  • Responsive to their child’s emotional needs, while having high standards
  • Communicates frequently and takes into consideration their child’s thoughts, feelings and opinions
  • Allows natural consequences to occur, but uses those opportunities to help their child reflect and learn
  • Fosters independence and reasoning
  • Highly involved in their child’s progress and growth

Why experts agree authoritative parenting is the most effective style

Studies have found that authoritative parents are more likely to raise confident kids who achieve academic success, have better social skills and are more capable at problem-solving.

Instead of always coming to their kid’s rescue, which is more typical among permissive parents, authoritative parents allow their kids to make mistakes. This offers kids the opportunity to learn, while also letting them know that their parents will be there to support them.

Authoritative parenting is especially helpful when dealing with conflict, because the way we learn to deal with conflict at a young age plays a big role in how we handle our losses or how resilient we are in our adult lives.

With permissive parents, solutions to conflicts are generally up to the child. The child “wins” and the parent “loses.” I’ve seen this approach lead to kids becoming more self-centered and less able to self-regulate.

Of course, there are times when a punishment, like taking a time out, is necessary. But the problem with constant punishment is that it doesn’t actually teach your kid anything helpful. In most cases, it teaches them that the person with the most power wins, fair or not.

Let’s say your 10-year-old son begs not to go to soccer practice: “I don’t want to because I don’t think I’m good at it.”

In response,

  • A permissive parent might say, “It’s up to you.”
  • A neglectful parent might say, “Whatever you want … it’s your life.”
  • An authoritarian parent might say, “You have to. I don’t want to hear another word from you.”
  • An authoritative parent might say, “I understand that you don’t want to go. But sometimes, fighting the urge to avoid doing something hard is how you get better!”

While authoritative parents do set limits and expect their kids to behave responsibly, they don’t just demand blind obedience. They communicate and reason with the child, which can help inspire cooperation and teach kids the reason behind the rules.

Authoritative parenting doesn’t guarantee success

While experts give authoritative parenting the most praise, it’s important to note that using just one method does not always guarantee positive outcomes.

Parenting isn’t an exact science. In many ways, it’s more like an art. As a child psychologist and mother, my advice is to be loving and understanding — but to also create structure and boundaries.

Why does my child bully other children? How do I stop him?

Why does my child bully other children? How do I stop him?

What causes children to be abusive and how can parents help them stop hurting others?

cyberbullying (illustrative) Practically every parent sends a child to an educational setting with certain concerns, and prays that he/she won’t be harmed, humiliated or insulted. And this fear is well-founded – children from kindergarten age to youth in military settings suffer from ridicule, shaming, exclusion, humiliation, slaps, beatings, sexual assault and other forms of violence, which is very frightening.

But just as we fear that our children will become victims, how will we react if we find out that, actually, it’s our son or daughter who’s the one threatening others and acting out violently?

Before we’re overwhelmed with feelings of severe parental failure – it’s important that we understand that how we behave has a purpose and is observed by our kids, and even if the path is negative, the final goal will be positive and bring us to a place where we feel loved, wanted, accepted, capable and belong to family and society.

Indulgence leads to inferiority

We make mistakes due to a variety of emotional difficulties or physiological disabilities, yet they also reflect the relationships we have at home, the family atmosphere and the lifestyle our child adapts to as an outcome of all of these.

A family atmosphere based, for example, on dominance and inequality, one that distinguishes between the dominant and the controlled and which elevates the strong over the weak, may lead the child to think that in order to belong to the family and society, he/she must be strong, insist that his/her way is the only way and adopt a powerful stance.

Children who have been weakened or attacked themselves and can’t confront the abuser with his/her pain will direct the negative feelings that have accumulated in them toward others.

A child who doesn’t experience warmth, love, encouragement, acceptance and whose physiological and physical needs are ignored so he/she can’t properly grow and develop; he/she may believe that his life has no meaning and so will turn his hopelessness inward and on others to thwart any intention to help him.

On the other hand, Alfred Adler, the father of Adlerian theory, is against indulgence. He claims that a girl whose parents treat her like a princess, removing every obstacle and providing her with everything – will go out into society without coping techniques and won’t believe in her abilities. A pampered girl who is used to getting everything she wants, always and on-demand, will express dissatisfaction when her demands aren’t met and will express arrogance towards adults and children around her.

Similar to pampered children, who don’t feel capable and can’t recognize their inner strengths, disadvantaged children risk developing a superiority complex to compensate for certain perceived gaps between them and classmates, and to lift their sense of worth – they’ll hurt and demean others.

Stop-go in another direction

If you discovered that your daughter is defaming another girl on social media, that your son is throwing objects at the heads of friends from kindergarten or that your little girl is leading a boycott of a new girl in the neighborhood – it’s time to uproot the pain.

It’s highly advisable not to handle matters alone, and to first involve the school staff. The school counselor, kindergarten teacher or homeroom teacher has the tools, experience and familiarity with the various treatments.

Is it OK to step in when your child is having a dispute?

Is it OK to step in when your child is having a dispute?

Teacher, friendship expert and founder of a social-emotional wellbeing program for kids, Dana Kerford, explains the desire of parents to become involved usually stems from good intentions.

“That love you feel for your child is raw and visceral,” she says.

“But the second you find out [your child is in pain and] the pain came from another child, that sweet, warm mother hen morphs into Mama Bear.

“What once was warmth and compassion is now anger.”

And while emotions can run strong, Ms Kerford says it is important (in the majority of cases) to try not get involved in your child’s dispute for a whole host of reasons. Here, she outlines five of them.

Your kids fighting might give you a headache, but it can give them important life skills. Experts give tips on what you can do and whether you should do anything at all.

Ms Kerford says that often “involving the other child’s parent is humiliating, embarrassing, and erodes trust” between the parent and child.

2. You can’t view the situation or your child objectively

As a parent, “no matter how hard you try to see things from all perspectives, you will naturally have a bias towards your own child,” Ms Kerford says.

“You not only love your child; you also have a very large sample size of their behaviour to draw conclusions.”

3. Involvement can be charged by emotions

“When we picture anything negative happening to our child, we immediately experience an innate, sometimes even physical reaction,” Ms Kerford says.

While this is normal, it isn’t always helpful, she explains.

4. Your perspective is different than your child

“What’s huge to you might be small for them or vice-versa,” she says.

While you may think it warrants interception, your child may have moved past the issue by the next day.

5. It makes things unnecessarily awkward between you and that parent

“In the one out of 10 times where the conversation seems to go relatively well, even if both parents are well-meaning, it is often the beginning of the end,” she says.

“Your relationship with that parent will naturally feel awkward and one or both of you will come away feeling defensive,” something Ms Kerford says is instinctive.

This awkwardness and sense of discomfort became the reality for Amanda after she was contacted by Carly. She also says that she felt a prevalent bias by the other mother to her son.

Kids Don't Always Have to Share

Kids Don’t Always Have to Share

My two-year-old started crying minutes after my oldest son unwrapped his birthday presents. He wanted to play with his brother’s newest haul of toys as soon as they came out of their boxes, but his sibling firmly refused his requests. And while I was disappointed that my oldest child didn’t want to share, I couldn’t blame him either. There could be nothing more annoying to a child than being forced to give your toys away to anyone mere minutes after receiving them.

Not sharing with a friend or family member goes against everything that I learned as a child, though. If someone I knew wanted to use something I was using, I understood I should give them a turn without question. As I saw this scenario play out between my children, I asked myself, “Do kids always have to share?”

I took this question to parenting psychologist, best-selling author, and mother of four, Dr. Heather Wittenberg. She explained that instead of forcing children to share, parents should teach the behavior over time. But she admits that for many parents, that can be easier said than done.

“It’s actually more difficult than potty training because it’s lifelong,” she says. “Sharing is one of the most complex human behaviors, and many folks never get the hang of it.”

Raising young people who consider the well-being of others is one of the reasons that Wittenberg believes in teaching children to share. She offered some tips on how parents can put the practice into action.

Why it’s important to teach kids to share

Sharing falls under the umbrella of the essential social-emotional skills children need to learn to help manage their emotions, feel compassion toward others, and make and keep friends. And while sharing helps promote empathetic behavior in children, Wittenberg says it occasionally clashes with a child’s need to protect their boundaries. It’s a skill that parents have neglected over the centuries because it can teach children at a young age, particularly girls, that pleasing others is important.

“You can’t truly ‘force’ someone to ‘be nice’ or to care or empathize,” she explains. “You can force them to give up their boundaries and insist they share, even if it feels really wrong to them. But that teaches the wrong lesson, doesn’t it?”

Building Emotional Health in Children with Pathological Demand Avoidance

Building Emotional Health in Children with Pathological Demand Avoidance

We don’t have to look very far to find research giving us rather disheartening statistics about the poor emotional health of children with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). Up to 70 percent of children with ASD develop mental health difficulties, as opposed to 10 percent of the typical population. Of course, as practitioners and parents of special children, we don’t need to read this research to know it; we live and experience the effects of these statistics every day.

For children with Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA), where high anxiety is the main feature of the condition, the effects of poor emotional health are exacerbated even further. Over time, children and families often find themselves locked into survival patterns that limit their access to social and community facilities others take for granted. Even in schools and social groups that seek to be inclusive, children with PDA can be isolated, making it even more challenging to create a positive and secure sense of well-being.

Key profile characteristics and their impact on emotional wellbeing

Understanding the PDA characteristics that most affect emotional health is an important starting place if we are to stand a chance of improving negative emotional health patterns. This in turn helps us to direct our support and interventions to the areas that create the most emotional impact.

Early Intervention in these areas, while not eliminating all difficulties, will set up a culture of support that can turn the tide of poor emotional health.

Key Characteristics of PDA and their emotional impact

  • A need to be in control of the environment and all the people in it.
  • Poor emotional regulation or ability to reflect or learn from their emotional experiences.
  • Difficulties co-operating with usual teaching structures or methods exacerbated by unrealistic expectations that they hold for themselves or others.

Emotional Impact

  • A constant underlying anxiety about real, perceived or possible demands that may be made in their daily life.
  • An inability to make or maintain positive or reciprocal relationships with others—adults or peers.
  • Low self-esteem because of their inability to work in the same way as their peers. Negative emotions around their feelings of being let down by others.

What can we do?

Short-term strategies

The first thing we need to do is recognize that the child’s refusal to cooperate with requests comes from a place of anxiety rather than willful behavior. This changes our predominant feeling to one of empathy, rather than annoyance or disempowerment.

Fieseher: Dinosaurs, toy trucks and pink crayons

Dinosaurs, toy trucks and pink crayons

Here are some disturbing facts: In the US, the suicide rate for men (25/100,000) is over 3 times the rate for women (7.5/100,000) *. FBI records indicate that 98% of mass shootings are done by men (women account for only 9 of the 250 mass shootings from 2000 to 2017). Surprisingly, the solution to both problems may have to do with dinosaurs, toy trucks and pink crayons.

Let me explain.

As the father of 3 girls, my children were interested in stories about “people” and interpersonal relationships. They noted that Peter Rabbit ventured alone in Mr. MacGregor’s Garden (and almost became rabbit stew) while his bunny sisters stayed together to pick blackberries. They sympathized with the toy bear Corduroy who was missing a button in the toy store and felt unwanted and unloved because of it.

While they didn’t always stay within the lines in their coloring books, my daughters had no problem using every crayon in the box, creating some very colorful and sometimes bizarre masterpieces.

Like most of their peers, my girls played with dolls and recreated interactions between them often involving feelings and emotions.

My grandsons are being raised differently. They enjoy playing with their toy trucks and excavators. Their stuffed animals are dinosaurs who fight evil monsters and dragons to save the day. Books about relationships tend to be “boring.” The pictures they draw in their coloring books tend to be done mostly in primary colors or dark shades. The pink crayon has never been touched.

In a recent guest essay in the NY Times, Ruth Whippman, the mother of three boys, suggests that the gender differences in which we raise our children may have a lot to do with the reason that men are more likely to resolve conflicts violently. This may explain the differences in suicide rates and gender percentages of mass shooters.

The toys and stories we give to boys emphasize individuality and a black and white or good versus evil mentality. There is a winner and a loser, and the winner is always “good.”

Boys learn that cooperation requires no emotional interactions other than the specialized skills of superheroes or construction toys working together. Boys don’t need to consider how the bulldozer feels about working with the backhoe.

Ms. Whippman suggests that this may be why boys are generally unprepared to deal with the complex social interactions and emotions of adult life. Stories and TV shows about the male figure (not necessarily human) vanquishing evil monsters fosters a more aggressive set of values in resolving conflicts.

Many boys learn at an early age that pink is a “girl’s color” and might emasculate them in the eyes of their peers.

In being less aware or considerate of the feelings of others, it’s much easier for men to objectify others and treat them as less human or less worthy of fairness or consideration. When that objectification is turned inward, males, especially in their teens and twenties are more vulnerable to suicidal tendencies.

Male thinking usually values the concept of choosing to do what’s “right” over how that solution affects relationships or the feelings of others.

Managing High Sensitivity, Then and Now

There was no end to “cures” for hysteria in the nineteenth century. From leeches to rosewater to vaginal suppositories, the number and type of cures rival the myriad purported causes. But despite the doctor’s different recommendations in their treatments, one thing remains consistent: all emphasized curing hysteria, rather than just managing it.

When it comes to treating today’s HSP, there are methods for coping with emotional regulation; however, the literature for the most part emphasizes the positives as well, suggesting that one would not want to eradicate but rather support one’s sensitivity for individual and social betterment. Seventy-one percent of the population claims to be either highly sensitive or moderately sensitive. [1] The shift away from cure for those on the high and medium scales of the HSP continuum signals a different regard for people’s everyday sensorial-emotional experiences.

Treating Hysteria in Victorian Times

Whereas some Victorian physicians sought to treat hysteria preemptively by bolstering up the general health of young girls, and others treated the perceived catalyst, still others focused on both the catalyst and relief of the accompanying symptoms.

For some physicians, the cure was in prevention. Since a disordered state of health was thought to be the root of environmental sensitivity by some physicians, they recommended parents watch over young family members to prevent causes and detect symptoms. [2]

Other physicians emphasized withdrawal, proposing that parents should keep girls and women away from possible triggers. [3] To stave off attacks, the theory went, a woman should keep clear of any mental, emotional, or environmental triggers.

Yet other physicians targeted treating depressed nerve-power once a woman already experienced it. [4] Just like theories of hysteria, cures differed. Yet most of the Victorian medical texts emphasized eradication of the nervous sensitivity.

How Is High Sensitivity Managed Today?

Today, studies are examining not only the negatives but also the positives of sensory processing sensitivity (SPS)—for the individual and for society. Newer literature challenges the diathesis-stress model or double-risk model to argue that something called vantage sensitivity exists. [5, 6, 7, 8] This means that individuals might experience overwhelm or unwellness in some situations but can also really thrive in other situations. In other words, they are not simply at risk but also at potential.

Research also suggests positive social effects of being highly sensitive: responsiveness to others’ emotions, trust, cooperation, etc. [9] Those on the high to medium sensitivity scale also exemplify attributes essential to certain careers such as therapist, writer, doctor, or teacher. Lastly, research has shown that an HSP’s aesthetic sensitivity (a heightened sensitivity and responsiveness to the arts) can enrich their lives. [10]

Given this shift to identifying some of the inevitableness and positives of SPS, there has also been a shift in discussions of management rather than cure. Given that SPS can lead to overarousal as well as physical ailments and depression or anxiety, the literature stresses “self-regulation”—but in a self-awareness and self-care way, not a policing or disciplinary way. [11]

Physicians and psychologists recommend certain strategies to help the person remain calm while stimulated. Tips are readily accessible on blogs and in periodicals. In one Psychology Today article, Haas provides 10 different suggestions for HSPs that include tips like wearing noise-reducing headphones and planning for decompression time. Certain recommendations, such as having a room to retreat to, echo to a certain extent the Victorian recommendation of removing the individual from stimuli—but here, the removal is temporary and planned, rather than the daily rule.

Elaine Aron’s monograph, Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person, outlines how therapists can help support their HSP clients. In Chapter 3, she provides strategies for helping the client navigate overarousal and strong emotional reactions. For work outside of psychotherapy, Aron provides The Highly Sensitive Person’s Workbook.

Multilingual Creative Writing Contest For Children Launched

curaJOY, a nonprofit promoting inner strengths and multilingualism in children of Asian communities, has launched a creative writing contest featuring inspirational stories for the youth.

curaJOY, a US and Taiwan based nonprofit dedicated to the emotional and mental development of children in Asian communities, has launched a multilingual inspirational writing contest for youths ages 6 to 18.

More information can be found at https://curajoy.com

Dubbed “Shining Moments”, the writing contest aims to provide kids with a positive and inspiring environment amid the challenges they have been experiencing over the past year.

Participants are asked to share stories of moments, whether their own or someone else’s, when inner strength triumphed. curaJOY hopes the stories will inspire other kids to act with the inner strengths of cooperation, self-discipline, communication, resilience, empathy, and multilingualism.

The entries may be written in any language. However, an English translation, whether done manually or through a translation app, has to accompany any entry written in a different language.

Contestants get the chance to win a cash price of $100 USD, which can be redeemed via a Visa gift card, or a gift card from a popular merchant.

Entries may be posted at the Shining Moments page https://curajoy.com/shining-moments and may be “liked” and commented on. The story with the most number of likes by 1:00 pm PST on April 15, 2021 will be the winner. A leaderboard will be posted on the Shining Moments website starting in March.

According to a spokesperson for curaJOY, “The past year has challenged most families more than anyone could have imagined. We’ve also witnessed that words are powerful, in both positive and negative ways, and we can decide how we use that power.”

Individuals over 18 years, as well as those who prefer not to join the contest, may also share their own stories on the Shining Moments page to contribute to curaJOY’s message of positivity and to encourage the development of inner strengths in everyone, particularly the youth.

curaJOY offers evidence-based programs aimed at building inner strengths and developing multilingualism, particularly English and Mandarin Chinese, in youths of Asian communities around the world. The nonprofit’s founders believe success in life can only be attained by a good balance of EQ (Emotional Quotient) and IQ. The programs are available on subscription basis in English and Mandarin.

Interested parties can learn more from the website given above.

How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students

“The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It’s a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy, and being number one. Being number one is the rule of game, and how we relate to others is fundamentally dismissed.” –Bernard Amadei, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Engineers Without Borders USA

More than two decades ago, scientists made a discovery that fundamentally altered the way we think about empathy. While observing monkeys, they noticed that certain brain cells responded both when a monkey performed an action and when that monkey watched another monkey perform the same action. The same cells can be found in the human brain. These cells, called mirror neurons, fire when we see something happening to someone else that we could imagine happening to ourselves, from stubbing a toe to winning the lottery.

The discovery of mirror neurons was a significant breakthrough because it revealed that our brains have evolved in a way that enables us to recognise and understand the emotions and intentions of others not just by thinking but actually feeling. It sent ripples through a number of scientific disciplines and challenged our understanding of everything from language and philosophy to psychotherapy–and certainly of empathy. Neuroscientist Vilayanur Ramachandran has argued that these neurons allow us to learn complex social behaviors and has called them “the basis of civilization.”

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My child is getting very frustrated by curaJOY’s games.

All of curaJOY’s StrengthBuilder are professionally designed and validated to assess and build resilience and cooperation as well as other key strengths such as communication, confidence, self discipline and empathy. Remind your child that this game is all about practicing and learning. We don’t often get anything right on the first try, but if we keep practicing, we’ll get it eventually. curaJOY’s psycho-educational experts intentionally design scenarios to challenge children and occasionally frustrate them in order for them to grow. These frustrations are necessary for the children to master the necessary life skills and emotional intelligence that are often missing from their schools and real life.

Our proprietary algorithm dynamically adjusts the difficulty of game-based tasks throughout the entire game to be sufficiently challenging yet d not so difficult that uncertainty, confusion, or frustration. If your child is frustrated by certain challenges in StrengthBuilder, you’ll likely see corresponding weakness in your child’s reporting on that area of your parent dashboard. curaJOY games provide realistic, research-based, and often missing opportunities for children to build strengths and grow their social emotional skills. For some children, knowing the benefits and purpose of curaJOY games might be the key to their buy in. For example, you can share that they can practice approaching new friends or stand up to a bully in the game, and the strengths that they build in curaJOY will carry over to real life.

Your words of encouragement go a long way when children become frustrated from their lessons. It’s ok to take breaks or complete just one scene at a time and come back to the game. Remember, it only takes 15-30 minutes twice a week for children to experience benefits from our program. It’s ok to take a break, and come back to tackle the challenge another day. Afterall, that’s what one of our key strength, resilience, is all about! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need additional help or recommendations.”

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