Friday Faves: 10th of March Friday Faves

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How to help your child fulfil their potential.

Why not try one of these instead of sticking the TV on?

 How game theory can help you become a better parent.

 A couple of websites we love.

how to help your child fulfil their potential

This is a great video to sit down and watch with your kids. Every now and then, we watch something like this while eating dinner, using it to spark a bit of a chat. We find that it’s a nice way to introduce important topics, and for some unknown reason  messages from sources other than us, seem to resonate better with the kids sometimes.

Give it a try, it’s less than 10 minutes long and is a subject that is both important and interesting!

why not try one of these instead of sticking on the TV?

Despite not having a TV until I was 13 and thus being acutely aware of the benefits of doing things other than mindlessly watching c**p, my default position when the kids get in after school is often to let them watch TV, play video games, or some other fascinating and worthwhile task.

Whilst there is nothing wrong with this of course (as long as it’s not EVERY day), there are better things that I can help my kids spend their time on- enter stage left Lessons from Ted-Ed.

Ted- a fabulous resource already, just got even better.

Check Ted-Ed out, it’s got lessons on anything and everything, from Philosophy and Science to Thinking and the Arts, its loads of fun and a fabulous mix of  entertainment and education, what’s not to like?

how game theory can help you become a better parent

This article highlights a rather interesting way of dealing with potential family conflicts, using game theory.

We’ve tried the ‘sharing’ trick a few times and it’s worked! Say goodbye to the “it’s not fair” arguments.

We’ve not tried the remote control one yet, though! If you do, please let us know how you get on.

other great parenting websites

The game theory article (above) comes from a nice website (aeon) with lots of articles that are well worth a read.  Whilst we are at it, we thought we’d let you know of 3 other great websites we often turn to in times of need, or if we are looking for something interesting to read.

PBSparents This will give you some fantastic insights into your child’s development levels and what you can expect at a given age (from age 1 to age 8) across lots of different areas including creativity, mathematics, physical development and social and emotional growth (to name a few).

kidsinthehouse This is an awesome resource. If you are struggling to understand why your child is behaving in a certain way, then you’ll find the answer here. Hundreds of experts and thousands of videos will help you to understand and find a solution too.

HeySigmund Our go-to site for thoughtful psychological insights into how parents and children feel. Superbly written and always tremendous value, if you are stuck or in need of inspiration this website never lets you down.

That’s it for this week, we hope that you have a great weekend.

Take care,

Dominic and Lindsay

P.S.

The photo this week was taken during our recent visit to the bioparc in Valencia- we love giraffes.

Also, we have no affiliation with any of the sites or products mentioned in the post today.