Preschools, and School Versus Home-Schooling
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Post No.: 0422   Furrywisepuppy says:   Individual preschools and nursery schools vary considerably in what they offer hence it’s tricky to say in general terms whether they’re worth it or not. But from the experimental design studies that exist, … Read More

Squabbling Siblings, Loving Siblings
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Post No.: 0412   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Siblings frequently squabble with each other, particularly when young, and this is totally normal! Sisters and brothers who are within a couple of years apart in age, and who share the same gender … Read More

Rules, Behaviours and Consequences
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Post No.: 0385   Furrywisepuppy says:   A child’s self-discipline is formed early in life and continues into adulthood. Neither a ‘softly-softly’ nor a ‘stern and threatening’ approach tends to work to get a child to resist temptation in the … Read More

Parenting on Children, and Children on Parenting
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Post No.: 0370   Furrywisepuppy says:   A child can ‘bring his/her parents up’ too, as it were i.e. parents respond to their children’s natural genetic inclinations too. For example, if a child likes being active then his/her parents will … Read More

Children and the Skill of Delaying Gratification
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Post No.: 0355   Furrywisepuppy says:   Adults can be bad at it too(!) but children are particularly poor at self-discipline, delaying gratification and not impulsively living for just now, hence why they tend to find it hard to resist … Read More

Psychoactive Drugs on Developing Brains
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Post No.: 0337   Furrywisepuppy says:   Alcohol, tobacco (mainly nicotine), cannabis (mainly THC), caffeine, betel nut, LSD, MDMA, cocaine or indeed any kind of psychoactive drug generally negatively affects the developing brain, and not just temporarily. Alcohol, for instance, … Read More

Child-Parent Attachment Theory
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Post No.: 0311   Furrywisepuppy says:   In child psychology, there are 4 general child-parent attachment styles that attempt to categorise how children respond to their caregivers when they’re hurt, separated or when they perceive a threat.   Secure – … Read More

Being Popular and Being Liked
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Post No.: 0296   Furrywisepuppy says:   How popular a person is/was as an adolescent (which would come down to many factors, including how their parents socialised with them and/or allowed them to go to parties to socialise with their … Read More

Children’s Reading and Writing
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Post No.: 0290   Furrywisepuppy says:   Whereas listening to and speaking a language comes quite easily to children, even if they’re not explicitly taught it and some start later than other kids – reading and writing is a different … Read More

Compatibility for a Love That Lasts
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Post No.: 0281   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Many people simply don’t know what they really want in a partner until they meet that person. Many people find it hard to try to consciously describe their ‘perfect partner’ – and even … Read More

Jumping When Celebrities Jump
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Post No.: 0268   Furrywisepuppy says:   Children, in particular, are amazing at copying – both the good and bad they see and hear! That’s because we learn a lot through copying. We’re born to generally copy people of the … Read More

Social Comparison Theory and Sexual Selection
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Post No.: 0259   Fluffystealthkitten says:   ‘Social comparison theory’ is about our public image and impressions, and what matters to people are relative comparisons rather than absolute positions – like ‘in the land of the blind, the one-eyed man … Read More

Domestic Abuse in Relationships
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Post No.: 0252   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Domestic abuse is frequently a hidden crime. Many cases go unreported. So let’s learn about some of the key warning signs to look out for…   A small percentage of males can be … Read More

Children’s Literacy and Numeracy
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Post No.: 0236   Furrywisepuppy says:   We previously looked at how children pick up languages, including a second or third language in Post No.: 0210, but let’s look at reading, writing and arithmetic (the ‘one r, one w and … Read More

Market Norms Versus Social Norms
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Post No.: 0229   Fluffystealthkitten says:   In business/commercial contexts, the ‘market norm’ or normal market behaviour is to explicitly trade money for goods or services and to shop around; whilst in family/friendship/relationship contexts, the ‘social norm’ or normal social … Read More

Behavioural Changes During Adolescence
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Post No.: 0216   Furrywisepuppy says:   Adolescence is an important stage of development – it’s the transition from childhood to adulthood and many changes occur. Physical changes include changes to sleep timing, accelerated bone growth, the voice deepening, and … Read More

Learning to Speak a Second Language
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Post No.: 0210   Furrywisepuppy says:   This post essentially follows on from Post No.: 0132 about how children pick up their first language…   Language is common for all humans, except in rare cases of aphasia caused by brain … Read More

Praise a Good Effort Rather Than a Good Outcome
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Post No.: 0196   Furrywisepuppy says:   We learnt in Post No.: 0189 that we should give attention to and reward a desired behaviour far more than give attention to and punish an undesired behaviour. And now we can elaborate … Read More

Classical and Operant Conditioning
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Post No.: 0189   Furrywisepuppy says:   People (and other animals) can learn fast through the perception or recognition of ‘cause and effect’ i.e. if A co-occurred with or occurred just before B, then it is usually assumed that A … Read More

What’s in a Name? A Lot Apparently
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Post No.: 0173   Fluffystealthkitten says:   Statistically speaking, picking good names for one’s children is apparently important for their life outcomes. People tend to love their own names and tend to favour and gravitate towards those who share a … Read More

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