Recent studies show that persistence really does pay off; self-discipline and sticking to tasks–no matter how difficult–increases academic results independent of IQ. This is ground-breaking stuff, because it implies we, and our children, are not confined to deterministic principles: we can achieve because we set our minds to do so. But how to we impart that life-changing self-belief to our kids? As with communicating every other nugget of parenting wisdom, we have to walk the walk.
For many a mum-to-be, the 90s would’ve formed a sizeable chunk of their childhood nostalgia. Of course, nostalgia tends to remember what was with a heavy dose of rosy inaccuracies, but the decade before the millennium really did have some totally awesum stuff going for it; the Spice Girls, jelly shoes, My So-Called Life…(it wasn’t just the era of youth misspent in bomber jackets and cargo pants).
Little ones are deeply unique creatures. In many ways, they are so distinctive from us; they’ve even got their own special set of kiddy-specific phobias–the number one fear being the dreaded public restroom hand dryers. But it looks like those monstrous noise-blasting machines could soon be vanquished–and by a beloved children’s story character, no less.
Young ones have an uncanny ability to remember every granular detail of the stuff you’d rather them forget (all the long-suffering cat’s hiding places; that time you complained about Granny), and forget all those things to which you’ve dedicated endless hours of dialogue—but the latter has nothing to do with cognitive capacity, of course.