AP Month

Unraveling Stress

October 19, 2014

We know so much about the harm of stress – what it does to us as well as our relationship with our children and others around us.  But what do we know about it’s unraveling?  How do we actually go about unraveling it? Maybe your list includes taking in a cup of warm tea when […]

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Who Cherishes You?

October 17, 2014

Take five minutes today and instead of going on Facebook, or using whatever your digital time filler / vice may be, write a list of 10 adults in your life who cherish you. These can be people from your past or present, people from all aspects of your life. Who are your champions?  Who makes […]

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Health and Ties

October 2, 2014

Studies show that quality ties to others are universally endorsed as central to optimal living.  Close and caring relationships are undeniably linked to health and well-being at all stages in the life span.  You need these relationships to help you, which allows you to help your children flourish.  So get out there and have some […]

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Understanding Creativity

October 31, 2013

It is very exciting that creativity is getting more attention in research. An understanding of what creativity is is necessary to maximize creative potential. Five fundamental insights of creativity to consider include: 1) Creativity takes more than originality; it is a combination of originality and task appropriateness. 2) There are different levels of creativity:  “mini-c” […]

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Metaphors & Creativity

October 31, 2013

Metaphors which connect the mind (ideas) to the body (concrete acts), such as “think outside the box” and “on one hand, then on the other hand,” can activate cognitive processes that facilitate the generation of new ideas and connections.   What metaphors can you think of to fit recurrent challenges?  What are your observations about […]

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Stressors & Creativity

October 30, 2013

Findings are still unclear about exactly how stress effects creativity. Studies do show that highly evaluative contexts decrease creative performance and low evaluative contexts increase creative performance.   This tells us that evaluating creative acts can be helpful if done more casually and constructively and criticism is less likely to spur improvement.   How do […]

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REM & Creativity

October 30, 2013

Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep, the phase of sleep when dreams occur is shown to allow integration of previously unassociated information.  Creativity is enhanced when information can be consolidated and associated in our sleep, but sleep is most elusive for busy parents!  If life starts to feel like rocket science, check your sleep and see […]

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