How do I submit an entry for publication?

All you need to do is click on the Tell Your Story link on the Shining Moments page.  We accept any  original writing about a moment (yours or others) when one or more character (inner) strengths triumphed and helped you.  As an organization promoting multilingualism, curaJOY accepts entries in any language from anyone, anywhere in the world aged 6 – 18.  However, contestants to the Shining Moments Writing Contest submitting entries in languages other than English should also submit an English translation (machine translation like google or DeepL will do.)

For those over our writing contest’s age limit of 18 or competition shy, you don’t have to submit for the writing contest.  Recounting a successful experience boost your mood, self-image and your words might be exactly what someone in despair needs to hear!  You can go to this page to read the motivation behind the Shining Moments contest.

Contestants may submit their Shining Moments stories and enter the contest at https://curajoy.com/shining-moments/.

Social Emotional Development In Children

When you think about your child’s development, the first things that usually come to mind are language skills, speech development, gross motor skills, and physical growth. However, social development is also a key piece of the development puzzle. Socialization in child development focuses on the child’s ability to interact with other children and adults.

A kid’s social development is the process by which children learn to interact with the environment and people around them. Interacting with other people in a community can help them understand their own individuality and learn how to communicate better with others. Healthy social development in 5-year olds can help children grow and navigate challenges in life with ease. From their ability to learn new vocabulary to resisting peer pressure in high school to handling conflicts in the workplace as adults, child development social skills play a major role in shaping personality.

What are the benefits of social development in children?

Socialization in child development can help your child develop and strengthen language skills. When your child has more opportunities to interact with other people, they are able to pick up on speech patterns, learn new words, and ultimately become better at speaking and interacting with others.

As they strengthen their language skills, they are able to play and communicate better with other children too. When children are unable to express their thoughts, they can feel frustrated and retreat further into their own selves. Being able to communicate effectively with other children can lead to meaningful experiences and also boost their self-esteem. This can impact academic performance too; studies show that children who have difficulty getting along with their peers face academic difficulties later.

How to enhance your child’s social development?

Social development in children starts as early as infancy. During the early years, parents are encouraged to smile at them, make frequent eye contact, and arrange playdates with other children to promote interaction.

As children grow older, you can begin to teach your child how to express emotions through words and actions. Encourage your child to talk about what they’re feeling and give them time to form sentences. There are also several social development activities for preschoolers recommended by curaJOY instructors, such as making up stories with their favorite stuffed animals and mimicking emotions that can help them become more expressive and learn social skills during the process. You can learn more about curaJOY’s social development programs for preschoolers and school-going children here

The story of Melody the quadrilingual girl

Melody a charming girl is half Taiwanese half Spanish and French, and is an English speaker. She had been all over the world moving constantly from country to country (Spain, France, Taiwan) each time going to different schools and cultural environments.

Her ease in all these languages has made her adaptive in all sorts of different cultural backgrounds and truly able to adapt to different views, ideologies and life philosophies in general.

Melody has been forced since her youngest age to keep an open mind and accept all sorts of ways to conceive the world, taking advantage off all the cultures she knows.

She has made all sorts of very interesting self adaptations that resulted in her very unique way to view the world, for example she bypassed all sorts of local languages because she considered them “too closed” Melody has come to appreciate broadness.

Melody has filtered all the cultures she knew, keeping what she felt was more advantageous, she has created her very unique and interesting way to view the problems and deal wih life, always resorting in different ways to deal with problems according to the situation.

Melody has acquired awesome cognitive abilities and is able to learn new stuff in an instant as her highly trained mind has been used to handle various stream of information at once.

Thanks to curaJOY we have been able to keep an incoming stream of material for her and enforce further her mental fitness and self-confidence.

curaJOY made the “Good better for your us” we advise it for anyone who would be will to give it a try.

How to get your kids to……
Motivate Your Kids to Get Things Done

“Put the dishes away when you’re done.”

            “Don’t take your sister’s toys without asking her first.”

How often do you feel like a broken record?  Between after school activities, homework, video games, soccer practice, and just keeping up with life, getting your kids to do what they’re supposed to do sometimes feel herculean and impossible.  You ask nicely, repeatedly, and nobody does anything until you Jekyll and Hyde into the yelling, mean parent!

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could motivate your kids and get them to do as you say?

Unfortunately, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all formula for motivating your children.  What works for one may backfires and turn another into an oppositional defiant beast!   As parents, it’s easy to fall into the trap of wanting to be your children’s friend, wanting them to like you, but they depend on you as their first and most important teacher, guide, and motivator!

Some surefire tips to motivate your children:

 1. Recognize

By encouraging them and praising them fairly, consistently and immediately, you utilize the three most important aspects of positive reinforcement (and make your job as a parent much easier.) My previous blog post Junk Food for the Soul discusses the importance of “catch them being good” throughout the day, and not waiting until an external achievement milestone (i.e. winning the spelling bee, scoring xxx on the PSAT) to praise in order to celebrate true effort and progress rather than only the final outcomes.

2. Reward

This one is a no brainer, but what is the difference between rewarding and bribing your child?  Will your kids keep up the good behavior once the reward is faded?

The answer lies in how, when and what you use as rewards.  You’re rewarding not only for good behavior, but to develop your child’s intrinsic motivation. Countless research affirms the importance and superior long-term effectiveness of intrinsic motivation, which is self-motivation—not through external punishment or reward. What’s effective as a reward differs from person to person and influence how successful you’ll be in getting your kids to listen to you or any other goal.

curaJOY has made a fun rewards chart that you can use with your child to track behaviors or goals. You may download a pdf version here.

Consistent

When rewards are consistent, children can easily identify the causal relationship you’re establishing to the desired behavior whereas inconsistent rewarding may lead them to either associating the wrong behavior to the reward or a decreased in motivation.

Example scenario: “If I finish all my homework before 6pm, then mom will allow me to play x minutes of video games after dinner.” But if you allow your child to play video games when you’re too tired to enforce your reward system, then you’ve created extra resistance to getting your kids to doing what you want them to do.

Fair

A fair reward is one that is proportional to the true effort your child put into the task.  When I was getting my daughters to brush their teeth independently long ago, I rewarded them for the behavior daily for 8 months before it became a habit, at which time the behavior no longer needs any external reward. Many families use a reward chart system.  Review the rewards that you’ve set up and see how each reward measure up when you’re comparing them based on the required effort.  Also, choose your rewards carefully.  Just like someone who’s working on losing weight shouldn’t reward themselves with cream and chips when they lose a pound, your rewards should never be an item/behavior you are trying to extinguish.

Timeliness

Rewards are most powerful when they are immediate.  Children elementary school or younger perform better when they receive their earned rewards daily (or even smaller increments like half days, or after every class period depending on the child).  Self-discipline is an inner strength that needs to be developed step by step.

Some ideas for behavior rewards:

  • Letting them select the movie for family movie night.
  • A one-on-one afternoon tea date with you
  • Read an extra bedtime story.
  • Choose a restaurant for the family.

Rewards serve as concrete milestones and help when you’re aiming for bigger goals.

3. Model

Children are like sponges.  They observe your behavior carefully and try to emulate.  Kids who see their parents lose their temper, yelling and cursing when things don’t go their way are being shown that such behavior is acceptable and expected.  They also observe more subtle ways: how you de-stress, problem solve, persevere, learn, spend your time.

It’s important to remember children’s perspectives and explain your actions in a way they can understand.  When my kids were in kindergarten, I heard my daughter tell her teacher, “My mom’s job is shopping,” to which I was dumbfounded because I launched products, placed PR events, landed deals, and shopping is one of my least favorite things! I worked a long-hour, high-stress, long-commute job, and often didn’t see them until dinner.  The highlight of their lives back then was going grocery shopping with mom.   Shopping was the main task they observe me do, so naturally they assumed all I did was shop ☹

4. Consequence

Consequences are very different from punishment. What most parents need to do more of is simply to allow natural consequences to occur.  When your children don’t do the things they’re supposed to do, you determine, with your response, whether they learn how their actions or inactions impact their lives and the lives of others.  If you’re unable to influence the natural consequence, make something away for a short period and explain why you’re doing it and how they can earn it back.

Examples scenario: Your son procrastinated on his project for the science fair, and barely filled up 1/3 of his presentation poster before the fair.  Do you have the heart to let him experience the bad grade, embarrassment, etc. his behavior caused him?

It’s difficult for children to remain motivated when parents remove natural consequences and “take care of everything.”  A rule of thumb that I generally use is compare the benefits of lesson to be learned from the natural consequence to actual risk.  I ask myself “will they suffer irreparable harm from my allowing them to experience this consequence?”

When my daughter forgot her lunch, I decided to let her experience the consequence—a few hours of hunger.  Months later, when she forgot her water bottle and was running the mile under the hot California sun, I promptly delivered her water bottle.   After she got home, I explicitly explained what should have been the natural consequence of her inattention, and why I decided to bail her out (due to the dehydration danger to her respiratory condition.)  We then agreed on a replacement consequence.

Motivating your children isn’t easy. It takes unrelenting commitment to applying all the principles (recognition, reward, model, consequence) we discussed above, and just getting things done for them will often be easier and quicker, which is why parenting is often cited as one of the most difficult jobs!  Feel free to ask me questions or leave a comment below. Your efforts now shape your children’s futures.

p.s. You don’t want to be delivering forgotten lunchboxes when your son/daughter is 30!

Ways to Help Sharpen Your Child’s Mind

Learning is easier if you have a better memory. Not only is memory essential to a child’s development, but it’s also a huge factor in terms of future academic success. Children with better memory are able to learn and perform better in the classroom, and generally have a less challenging time in terms of academics.

There are several things that you can do to strengthen your memory. Here are some things you can do to help sharpen your child’s mind.

Encourage Reading

Knowledge is wealth. It’s no surprise that encouraging reading will help sharpen your child’s mind by aiding their mental development. Make your child participate in active reading strategies so that they can easily form long-term memories. These strategies include taking notes, highlighting, reading out loud, and asking and answering questions.

Provide your children with an array of materials to read. Cookbooks, magazines, newspapers, travel itinerates—anything and everything is encouraged. Interact with them about the content that they’ve just read, encourage them to explore their curiosity, and ask questions.

Use All Senses

Taking a multi-sensory approach will go a long way in helping your child with their memory. Try to get them to make use of all their senses while learning. Using a multi-sensory approach has been shown to help children learn better and achieve better memory retention. Sight, touch, and sound can be engaged by having conversations, reading aloud, and using props. For example, if you’re teaching your child about oranges, bring an orange out. Ask them to examine it by touching it, smelling it, tasting it, and counting the seeds inside it. This way, your child is better able to engage with the material at hand, making it easier to remember.

Try Game-Based Learning

Game-based learning is quite simple—it’s learning through games such as interactive play, video games, and more. Games such as chess have been used for centuries to help boost memory power, and recent research has shown that game-based learning has positive effects on problem-solving skills. The concept behind this type of learning is that your child learns through repetition and failure, teaching them to accomplish their goals through creative thinking.

Game-based learning helps in expanding your child’s mind by teaching them to think creatively, thereby sharpening their minds. It encourages a sense of competition, encouraging confidence and self-efficacy. Game-based activities also create feedback, so that children are able to identify and effectively resolve their problems, sharpening their minds.

Improve your child’s memory and help them build confidence with curaJOY’s immersive game-based learning programs. Our games are known to develop problem-solving skills and as well as better social skills through interaction. These games can also help your child gain fluency in both English and Mandarin while aiding the development of emotional and social skills in children through positive reinforcement. Our programs not only boost confidence and social development but also problem-solving skills and can help manage behavioral problems for children with ADHD.

Contact us for more info.

How Writing Competitions Help Children Grow

Writing competitions are important in helping your child grow and develop not only emotionally, but also mentally. Known to create a safe and healthy environment for children to channel their creative ideas, their energy and develop better writing skills.

Here’s why writing competitions are so important for children.

Competitions Discipline Children

Writing competitions encourage discipline in children. To win a prize, they must submit a finished story by the deadline, and the best story wins. This means that children will not only write their story, but they’ll also put a lot of effort into it. It’ll teach them the importance of writing first drafts, checking, editing, and rechecking. Creative writing competitions also require the creation of dramatic plots, characters, and settings. Coming up with original ideas requires a lot of effort, encouraging discipline and self-restraint. Discipline and perseverance is an important skill to develop for future success in academic and other fields of life. Learning self-restraint also allows children to choose and stick with the tasks at hand, giving them the power to overcome demotivation, laziness, and procrastination.

Competitions Encourage Writing

Writing is good for the soul. Writing teaches children to observe their surroundings, making them more and improving their discernment skills. Writing allows children to flex their creative muscles, coming up with solutions and being able to organize their thoughts in a cohesive manner. Children who have a healthy channel through which they can express their feelings are more emotionally intelligent, empathetic, and have fewer behavioral problems.

It Builds Confidence

Writing competitions help increase your child’s confidence by providing them an outlet to channel their hard work into. These competitions create a safe and supportive environment for your child to channel their feelings and express themselves. They also encourage their problem-solving, creative thinking, and analysis skills. With improved confidence, your kids will be able to enjoy not only a better relationship with themselves but also with those around them. Children who have more confidence find it easier to make new friends are happier, and even perform better in academics.

It Challenges Them

Writing competitions are competitions after all. Children benefit from trying out new activities and participating in things that are able to challenge them. This teaches them the spirit of good sportsmanship, shows them the importance of putting in the effort, allowing them to grow and develop emotionally.

Are you looking for a good writing competition to encourage discipline and help your child develop a positive attitude? curaJOY’s Shining Moments Writing Contest is a great competition to enroll your child in to help build up their confidence!

At curaJOY, we also have immersive programs that help in developing the emotional and social skills of children. Our programs not only boost confidence and social development but also problem-solving skills and can help manage behavioral problems for children with ADHD. Our immersive games can also help in managing worry and anxiety for kids, making them more confident and happier.

Contact us for more info.

Different Types of Intelligence

IQ testing might be the first thing to pop up in your mind when you hear the word “intelligence.” However, IQ testing is a deterministic way to conduct standardized testing, which only measures a certain type of intelligence.

Over the years, on the basis of the theory by psychologist Howard Gardner, different views about intelligence have come about. This theory suggests that there are at least eight different types of intelligence that measure a range of abilities. According to this theory, one person may be strong in different types of intelligence, while being weak in what we call our conventional means of defining intelligence. Here are a few of the different types of intelligence.

Visual-Spatial Intelligence

Children with this type of intelligence are better able to learn and understand through visualization. It can prove a child’s capacity to think in three dimensions; spatial reasoning, mental imagery, image manipulation, and more. People with spatial intelligence solving spatial problems such as painting, reading maps, interpreting mazes, or playing construction games. They’re able to easily recognize patterns, enjoy visual arts, and are good at spatial judgment. Most architects, artists, sailors, and engineers have visual-spatial intelligence. The best way to teach young visual-spatial learners is by encouraging visual thinking, use multiple means of media such as videos, games, flashcards, and more.

Intrapersonal Intelligence

Intrapersonal intelligence is possessed by those who are able to understand and recognize their own emotional states, feelings, and motivation. These children are likely to work on their own, set their own goals, and know their strengths and weaknesses better than others. They are self-aware, enjoy critical analysis, and are able to assess their personal strengths. Those who possess intrapersonal intelligence may be interested in psychology, philosophy, writing, and science careers. The best way to teach such children is to encourage independent research, encourage them to write and sign up for writing competitions, and let them work independently.

Analytical Intelligence

Children with this intelligence are able to solve mysteries, puzzles, enjoy brain teasers and logic exercises. Problem-solving skills are related to non-verbal intelligence—children with analytical intelligence are able to solve a certain problem before they even verbalize it. They’re good at recognizing patterns, can logically solve and analyze problems, and tend to think conceptually. They may enjoy playing strategy games, doing calculations, and can thrive best with game-based learning activities. Possible career choices can include engineering, accountancy, computer program, or even a scientist.

Improve your child’s memory and help them build confidence with curaJOY’s immersive game-based learning programs. Our games are known to develop problem-solving skills and as well as better social skills through interaction. These games can also help your child gain fluency in both English and Mandarin while aiding the development of emotional and social skills in children through positive reinforcement. Our programs not only boost confidence and social development but also problem-solving skills and can help manage behavioral problems for children with ADHD.

Contact us for more info.

Thinking Outside of the Box Yourself for a Happier Life

Much of our own unhappiness and the world’s problems disappears when we can put ourselves in someone else’s shoes. Everyone has a different story, and understanding their perspectives not only make you feel better about any situations (even upsetting ones) but improve your overall happiness.

Babies start out in life completely egocentric, only aware of and concerned with their own needs, and slowly realize that the world does not only revolve around themselves. Children need empathy to cooperate, lead, communicate and make friends well.  The Oxford dictionary defines empathy as “the ability to share someone else’s feelings or experiences by imagining what it would be like to be in that person’s situation.”  In other words, empathy starts with perspective-taking. 

How do you teach perspective-taking?

For a skill to truly become an inner strength, it needs to be frequently reinforced, and what better way than planning skill practice into the fun things you already do.  A popular dinner-time conversation topic in our family is plot and character analysis. We discuss movie/book characters’ motivations, personality traits and reasoning and how these factors influence their actions.  We also try to problem solve for these characters, turning any story into a choose-your-own-ending book.  This is a fun and effective exercise for teaching perspectives and growth mindset.  By discussing children’s movies, cartoons, games this way, parents and teachers help build empathy and make the connection between our thoughts, actions, and outcome.

Below are some conversation starters for you.

1.  Who was your favorite character in this movie? And why?

2.  What problems did your favorite character face?  Can you think of any other ways to resolve these conflicts?

3.  Which character did you dislike in this story? Why?

4.  What was the villain’s journey?  How would you rewind and change the story for the villain to take a better path?

You may also use fractured fairy tales like this one, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, where traditional fairy tales take on a different spin or alternate ending.  Fractured fairy tales and fan fictions are great ways to get children interested in writing, reading, exploring their creativity, and practicing perspective-taking.

Parents, media and employers frequently complain about this generation being entitled, lazy and sheltered.  Compared to those who grew up during the Great Depression, when people lived through wearing flour sacks and conserving food, today’s youth haven’t experienced such perspective to practice frugality. People’s actions reflect their thoughts and worldview, so any growth in perspective-taking will help them gain resiliency and adaptability. 

When we learn to take different perspectives, we gain in gratitude, contentment and tolerance. Multiple studies highlight the dramatic difference gratitude makes in people’s life satisfaction AND outcome.  The human brain prioritizes negative experiences over positive ones, so we need to compensate by deliberately reflecting on our successes and good moments. Researchers found that showing gratitude (whether it’s for a person, situation, or physical object) boosts our happiness, sociability and wellbeing by as much as 25%.

Writing about positive experiences and gratitude benefits both the readers and authors, and it is one of the reasons why curaJOY is hosting the Shining Moments Writing Contest.  I highly encourage you to check out what our community has shared here, submit an entry yourself or comment and cheer on those who posted. 

Keeping a gratitude journal and handwriting thank you notes are two more practical ideas for adding more positivity and taking different perspectives.  Most of us acknowledge the benefits of journaling and gratitude, but we haven’t made them a habit and natural part of our daily routine.  Instead of pinterest-share worthy, long gratitude journals, easily-achieved short gratitude practices may work better for you to jumpstart a good new habit. Remember, consistency is key when it comes to making it happen, getting thins done. Below is a quick prompt that my family use every day before bedtime when we go around sharing our answers to The Daily 3, adults included.

Captivating fractured fairy tales that my family has enjoyed:

Feel. Think. Reflect. Don’t “Seal” Your Fate

I took my daughters along the Southern California coastline over the weekend and had the good fortune of observing newborn seals and two mother seals in labor up close. In one beach alcove, around 50 seals swam, lounged about, and nursed their young comfortably in the safety of numbers and natural environmental barriers.  Every year, that portion of the beach was blocked off from the public for baby season.  Even though we wanted to get much closer to the baby seals, we understood why they needed their space.

“It is vitally important that we do not interrupt the bond being formed between a mother seal and her pup. The mother often leaves her pup on the shore while she goes off to feed and if she senses danger there is a strong chance that she will not return,” said Ashley Stokes, manager of Seacoast Science Center Marine Mammal Rescue. 

But as we walked back, a handful of seal families appeared on an open area of the beach, surrounded by a crowd.  There were two mother seals who have been in labor all day, and a park ranger told us that they were spooked by some dogs off leash earlier in the day.  She had been battling the crowds to keep mothers and babies safe.  Thinking it’s strange why these few seals separated from the main group and safe sea alcove, I started talking to the ranger, and discover that 15 seals were originally born on this exposed section of the beach, separated from the rest of the pod. Since then, they’ve returned year after year to the same ill-chosen, dangerous site for breeding season.

People say, “history repeats itself.” At the same time, Einstein said insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Are people insane then?  Or ill-fated like those 15 seals who happened to be born in a disadvantage place, felt fear every time they returned, perhaps froze, but never thought, never reflected and thus “sealed” their fate? 

There’s a lot of things we can’t control and trying to do so is a great source of unhappiness.  We can’t control who our parents are, our DNA, but we can shape our relationships by how we interact with people and our gene expression.  The first step is to allow ourselves to feel because that’s how we truly get to know ourselves and can begin the next step. 

When people ask, “How are you?” the automatic and often seemingly only acceptable answer is, “I’m fine, thank you.” I’m not advocating that you pour out your heart to every passerby—the social backlash from it would be bad for your emotional wellbeing.  Other people can choose to pretend like you always feel fine and ignore your emotions—YOU SHOULDN’T IGNORE YOURSELF!

Your feelings are a part of you, and as important as the physical pain sensation we have to a burn.  You need to accurately feel in order to think clearly and plan wisely.  Even with all out technology today, YOU are still the only person who feels what you feel and can CHOOSE what to think, what to do. 

People pick up bad habits (replacement behaviors) because it’s the natural, unthinking instinct to go for the easiest path.  When we face rejection, trauma, disappointment, or any myriad of more complicated emotions, it truly is more immediately pleasant to avoid, escape or deny, but we do so at a cost to ourselves that we cannot afford, damaging self-esteem, increasing anxiety, and creating mistrust, etc. 

How can curaJOY battle the path of least resistance when it comes to personal growth?  We’ve been working hard on a collection of self discovery activities (games, surveys, interactive videos) for our members so that understanding our feelings, default reactions, habits is not only helpful, fully supported but also entertaining.

To read more on seal mothers, read https://www.seasidesignal.com/opinion/aquarium-news-remember-do-not-touch-the-seal-pups/article_d461120a-97bb-11ea-b994-8bed9defdbd2.html

Why you should be writing

Writing heals. Writing calms. It connects and brings self-awareness. To write, we have to slow down our busy minds and focus on our purpose. It requires us to reflect on our thoughts, beliefs, emotions, and see them clearly–which is why journaling has been found to benefit one’s long-term mental health even more than assistance from therapists. This process of reflection engenders self-awareness. curaJOY’s Shining Moments are personal narratives of when people’s character strengths helped themselves or their communities. Both the reading and writing of Shining Moments focus our attention on what we’ve done right, character strength goals and when we were internally rewarded/fulfilled by these inner strengths. One of my favorite authors, Epictetus, writes “You become what you give your attention to.” Shining Moments begins a positive reinforcement cycle by exploring inwardly for those moments and consequently seeking to demonstrate character strengths so we can create more Shining Moments.  Growth only starts when we put our attention and first recognize where we are, our strengths and weaknesses so we can enhance those inner strengths that we wish to possess.

When I first ask students to write Shining Moments, many of them come up empty and tell me they haven’t done anything great. They picture only news-worthy efforts at a Nobel prize level like Malala or Gretchen to be worthy as Shining Moments. That reasoning is akin to fledging falcons in their nests thinking they can’t immediately dive and soar like full-grown falcons so they might as well not try.

Start by asking yourself when you
1. Felt confident
2. Understood another person’s perspective
3. Worked well with someone else (teamwork) to achieve a group’s goal
4. Bounced back from a setback/disappointment and didn’t give up.
5. Restrained yourself from doing something that you wanted to but knew was wrong

Really dig deep and try to identify at least one example each from your life. This is no easy task because you’re not used to explorations like this. Start writing them down, and after a week, share a moment when you were the happiest with our community.

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.

Kids Bilingual Immersion Gamified Educational Program Chinese English Announced

curaJOY announces its new emotional development and social resiliency subscription program for children in English and Mandarin Chinese. The program helps kids aged four to 11.

curaJOY, a youth-centered organization for native Chinese, American-born Chinese, and overseas Chinese worldwide, announces its gamified subscription programs for emotional development and wellness for children aged four to 11. Subscriptions include interactive activities that teach children social and emotional life skills in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

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

The newly announced subscription service aims to develop well-rounded and globally competitive children who are proficient in both English and Mandarin Chinese. The virtual programs use gamified activities and real-life interactions so that children become comfortable in speaking and interacting with their peers in both languages. The activities are offered in English only, Chinese only, and English and Chinese options.

Understanding and speaking in more than one language has many benefits. According to the latest financial reports, bilingual workers earn as much as 20% more than those who can only speak one language. Further, neuroscience research has found that the brains of bilingual and multilingual people have stronger brain connections.

curaJOY developed its emotional wellness games to further the educational programs available for Chinese who want to improve their English skills as well as English speakers wishing to perfect their Chinese. Their programs train children to develop social competency which helps them interact with their friends in either language.

The subscription program features 23 – 30 progressive levels and more than 20 hours of gameplay. The online A.I. powered games cultivate a growth mindset in children, teaching them leadership skills and building their emotional wellness. The program is recommended for children in pre-kindergarten through Grade 5.

curaJOY emphasizes that its program builds on existing educational offerings that are solely focused on building subject-specific knowledge. They say that children need to strengthen both their IQ and EQ to become well-rounded and competent adults.

The program may also have therapeutic benefits in the early detection of ADHD, anxiety, and autism.

“To thrive in life, your child must possess a solid foundation of social-emotional skills that empower them to learn and connect,” the organization writes. “Children also get a head start on leadership insights and negotiation tactics.”

Interested parties can find more information by emailing info@curaJOY.com or visiting the above-mentioned website.

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{{trans(`You can record up to %s minutes, don't worry you will review your video before sending`, time(preference.limits))}}
{{trans('Seconds')}}
{{trans(`You can record up to %s minutes, don't worry you will review your video before sending`, time(preference.limits))}}
{{trans('Uploading video...')}}
{{send.message}}

{{trans('Upload video')}}

{{trans('Drag your files here or click in this area')}}
{{uploader.file}} {{uploader.size}} x