“Once you start looking for a problem, someone’s going to find one, and attention deficit has become the go-to diagnosis, increasing by an average of 5.5 percent a year between 2003 and 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. As of 2010, according to the National Health Interview Survey, 8.4 percent, or 5.2 million children, between the ages of 3 and 17 had been given diagnoses of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.”—
I’m 100% convinced had Ritalin been “in vogue” when I was a kid I would been asked to be put on it (I was pretty hyper active). Luckily I had smart, patient, caring parents. It’s so sad we as a society are in such a rush to medicate kids to be “normal”. My top parenting goal: Let Emma be Emma and develop at her own pace and own level, whatever that might be. She’ll figure it out.
“'Gamify-it' strategy: Tom, a future star financial analyst, couldn’t concentrate on math at school. Even more worrisome, he spent long hours playing computer games. Dad wondered: How come Tom can’t focus on Maths but can focus intensely on computer games?
The answer lies in ‘game’. Game has (1) clear goals, (2) instant feedback, and (3) a difficulty level that is challenging yet achievable. When playing a game, the player gets into a ‘flow’. ‘Flow’ is a state of high concentration that brings out peak performance. It’s what Michael Jordan experienced at basketball, what Einstein experienced with relativity research - and also what Tom experienced with computer games! J Dad then created math games to ‘play’ with Tom. Voila! He became hooked onto math.
This week, let’s try to gamify our challenges with clear goals, rapid feedback and increasing difficulty levels.”—
Sometimes things in the moment affect you and you react. Typically the reaction is poor and not well thought out and you regret it. Instead try this – wait 24 hours. If it’s still bothering you then address it calmly and with proper thought. I’ve used this approach the last few months and it’s…
According to the Pew survey, a much smaller share of women between ages 35 and 64 say having a prosperous career is among the most important things to them. But there’s plenty of reason to believe the next generation of working moms will do things differently, Ms. Parker said.
Claudia Goldin, an economist at Harvard University, sees many factors behind the shift. “What’s driving this is everything,” she said. “Having reproductive rights, delaying marriage, being able to go to the best college, having your family be behind you in that decision, looking around you and seeing women can be successful, having professions that were once relatively closed to women be open. It’s all of the above.”
1. ‘Disneyland’ strategy: Remember the origins of Disneyland?
Walt Disney was looking for investors in his idea for an ‘amusement park’. People told him he was crazy! No one would pay to see a cartoon mouse. At the time, the idea of an amusement park for adults was totally unheard of. No one was willing to invest in it.
Disney said, “I could never convince the financiers that Disneyland was feasible because dreams offer too little collateral.” Finally one banker in California agreed to loan. Amazingly, the entire loan was paid back during the first year of operation!
At the opening of Disney World a few years later a reporter remarked, “It’s too bad Walt did not live to see this.”
The Disney CEO said, “Walt saw it first. He saw every detail very clearly. That’s why you’re seeing it now!”
This week, let’s remember Walt Disney’s belief, “All our dreams can come true - if we have the courage to pursue them.”
2. Real learning starts after we learn to laugh at ourselves:
There is very little grownup in a child, but a lot of child in a grownup. - Walt Disney :)
This, I have learned, is the mentality of much of Silicon Valley, where decisions are not always made based on revenue or potential business models, but instead seem to be driven by a herd mentality and a yearning to be a part of a potential next big thing.
Loved this article by Nick Bilton today. Worthy read.
“As we mark the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, we must remember that this Supreme Court decision not only protects a woman’s health and reproductive freedom, but also affirms a broader principle: that government should not intrude on private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman’s right to choose and this fundamental constitutional right. While this is a sensitive and often divisive issue—no matter what our views, we must stay united in our determination to prevent unintended pregnancies, support pregnant woman and mothers, reduce the need for abortion, encourage healthy relationships, and promote adoption. And as we remember this historic anniversary, we must also continue our efforts to ensure that our daughters have the same rights, freedoms, and opportunities as our sons to fulfill their dreams.”—President Obama’s statement on the 39th anniversary of Roe v. Wade (via barackobama)
“A well-organized, well-funded, well-connected, well-experienced lobbying effort on Capitol Hill was outflanked by an ad-hoc group of rank amateurs, most of whom were operating independent of one another and on their spare time. Regardless where you stand on the issue — and effective copyright protection is an important issue — this is very good news for the future of civic engagement.”—