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Get Booked!! Aug 2019

Get Booked!! Aug 2019

Today we review Wonder by RJ Palacio, a poignant and uplifting tale about an ordinary boy, August, who looks anything but ordinary. Wonder is one of those rare books that has the ability to strike a chord with children and adult readers alike. Is it any wonder then that the book received numerous national and international awards and was eventually made adapted into a film starring Julia Roberts?

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Lightning up Lives!!

Lightning up Lives!!

Ever heard of a school bag that not only carries books but also helps children read them? Say hello to the new age school bag designed by the South Africa based, Rethaka foundation. At NFK we believe that even for-profit products that do more than just meet the needs of people are products truly worth

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5 Perseverance Positive Nudge Sentences for Children

5 Perseverance Positive Nudge Sentences for Children

by Niyati Mehta When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Teaching our kids to persevere through tough times is vital, especially today as the world gets smaller, the opportunities bigger and the competition tougher. Here are 5 sentences you can use to encourage your child when you can see them struggling through a mammoth task or small chore:

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August 15- Indian Independence Day- LIFE LESSONS FROM INDIAN HEROES

August 15- Indian Independence Day- LIFE LESSONS FROM INDIAN HEROES

by Niyati Mehta This August 15, 2019, India celebrates its 72nd independence day. Hidden in the country’s struggle for freedom are thousands of stories of passion, valor, and heroism. While some heroes fought with the pen, some took up the sword and many others revolted by changing only the beliefs of people. This Independence Day

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Making School an Easy Ride – The Middle School Years-Part II

Making School an Easy Ride – The Middle School Years-Part II

Middle school – the time when your child is slowly metamorphosing into a young person. Stressing about your child at this age is almost like a rite of passage, something every parent has to experience. But middle school is also tough on your child.

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Making School an Easy Ride Anxiety in Toddlers & Preschoolers -PART I

Making School an Easy Ride Anxiety in Toddlers & Preschoolers -PART I

by Niyati Mehta The first day of preschool comprises of a strange mix of excitement and anxiety for parents and children. As a parent, you may believe that your child is ‘prepared’ for school, especially when you’ve spent weeks talking to them about how he/she is a ‘big’ boy/girl, now ready to learn new things and make new friends. But no matter how prepared you feel that final goodbye can leave even the most excited toddler and confident parent in tears, and that’s for a good reason. Separation is tough. It is highly common for children to experience separation anxiety, at least for the first few weeks of school. Psychologists, in fact, believe this form of anxiety to be an integral part of early childhood development, so don’t fret! The symptoms – Crying, temper tantrums and clinging to parents are all triggers of anxiety in preschoolers. As you prepare to drop your child off at preschool, here are some techniques you could use to help your child cope with this important transition:

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Senior Citizen Week – August 21, 2019 Make it a Grand Relationship

Senior Citizen Week – August 21, 2019 Make it a Grand Relationship

They say the reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy – parents! But as we celebrate Senior Citizens Day this August, NFK shares with you some massive benefits that will reveal why you should be encouraging stronger ties between your parents and children. Grandparents Spending quality time with adult

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Making School an Easy Ride – Anxities in High Schoolers- Part III

Making School an Easy Ride – Anxities in High Schoolers- Part III

In 2015, the National Institute for Mental Health reported that 6.3 million teenagers in the United States suffered from some form of an anxiety disorder. The triggers – The fear of missing out (FOMO), social media pressures, cyberbullying, maintaining a virtual and real image, less face-to-face contact and the inability to measure up – all

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Family Time = Fun Time

Family Time = Fun Time

As a child, you may have been excited for your annual family holiday or the fun birthday parties your parents threw for you. But when asked to share your favorite childhood memories, it’s almost always the smaller, simpler ones that come to mind. It could be the fun conversations at your family dinners, storytime with your dad or helping your mom cook a meal – those everyday moments stay with you for life. Now as your kids get back home from the summer camp, here are a few simple ideas to help you create some great family moments for them.

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Let’s Make Breastfeeding Taboo Free

Let’s Make Breastfeeding Taboo Free

by Niyati Mehta Breastfeeding – the first touch between a mother and her newborn which soon takes on the form of an irreplaceable bond between the two. It is a ritual as old as time. Haven’t so many of us heard that in some cultures around the world, mothers breastfeed their children up to the age of 5 and 6!

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Tick Tock Its Sleep O’clock!-

Tick Tock Its Sleep O’clock!-

A fun product to have in the house Healthy sleep habits should be inculcated early on in life. Children may wake up a few or multiple times a night for various reasons and putting them back to bed can get chaotic. Here are a few ingeniously designed alarm clocks that provide simple visual and auditory enhancements to the sleep environment of your little one. The result – Both your child and you slowly get accustomed to a daily sleep routine with minimal resistance and confrontation. by Niyati Mehta

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Let’s Make ‘No Smoking,’ Cool

Let’s Make ‘No Smoking,’ Cool

by Niyati Mehta Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the US. And stats show that 9 out of 10 U.S. adult daily smokers pick their first cigarette before or by age 18, making youth prevention a critical interception point to spread the ‘no smoking’ message.

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Get Booked!

Get Booked!

Today we review Journey by Aaron Becker – an illustrated, epic adventure that is part of the authors’ wordless trilogy of picture books. (age 3 to 8) https://www.storybreathing.com/journey/

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It’s Rhyme Time

It’s Rhyme Time

Nursery rhymes may seem repetitive, outdated or irrelevant to parents today. But actually reading or singing these age-old rhymes aloud to your toddler/ preschooler can prove to be a beneficial learning nudge in many ways. Here’s why rhymes and songs make for an impactful intervention: Repetition of words (“Row, row, row your boat…”) or rhyming

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small nudges, LARGE OUTCOMES

small nudges, LARGE OUTCOMES

by Niyati Mehta Today we share 5 D-I-Y design alterations that you can make to your life. These low cost interventions are creative and can enable positive and sustainable changes to your child’s environment.

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Erase. Delete. Cross Out. – Lets not use these

Erase. Delete. Cross Out. – Lets not use these

Aiming to be a nudging, not a nagging parent to your child? Here are 5 words you should erase from your parenting dictionary, now! by Niyati Mehta 1. NO – The word ‘no’ is not a thought, but a command that blocks two-way communication between individuals, even you and your child. NFK solution – with

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Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes – 4rth July Independence Day (USA)

Celebrating Our Unsung Heroes – 4rth July Independence Day (USA)

This 4th of July awaken the patriot in your child. Share the stories of these unsung heroes of the American Revolution, those who stayed in the shadows and wanted no name or fame but just felt an innate need to serve their country. by Niyati Mehta    

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Drink and Thrive

Drink and Thrive

By Niyati Mehta Like it or not, smartphones apps have become indispensable to our existence, almost like a virtual extension of our brain. From booking movie tickets to monitoring the growth of your toddler, there is an app for everything. However, there is a boom of wellness apps in the market today. Here we recommend 3 clever apps that nudge you to keep yourself well hydrated – no small task for those leading super busy lives.

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Make Kids at Home, Outdoors

Make Kids at Home, Outdoors

By Niyati Mehta Exploring the outdoors may be fun for kids, but for years now the benefits of bonding with Mother Nature are known to parents across the world. It promises health benefits to your little ones, strengthening their motor skills, harnessing their creativity and polishing their social skills over time.

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Let there be a “LIT”

Let there be a “LIT”

By Niyati Mehta As a professional who works closely with parents and children, I have heard a lot of parents complain about how kids don’t want to read books for pleasure anymore. The reading (if any at all) happens mostly on a tab or smartphone, between rounds of their favorite online games. Well, let me tell you that getting kids to read even before the device age was no easy task. There was always the draw of watching television or playing outdoors with their friends.

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GET BOOKED!

GET BOOKED!

By Niyati Mehta Our Get Booked series of reviews will focus on a new book/ book series each month, adding to the pool of reading resources you have been using with your children at home, in schools or within your community. The series we are exploring this month is The Best Behavior Series by authors Elizabeth Verdick and Marieka Heinlen (for children ages 3 to 7).  

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Shaping Independent Minds

Shaping Independent Minds

By Niyati Mehta Your child’s adult life may be several years or a few months away,but is always a good idea to start preparing them for the real world. There is no right time to do this. There is, however, a right way to gently push them – a Nudge minus the sludge (pain). Doing jobs for them is an exhausting cycle, and this helicopter parenting technique makes children feel less competent and confident in the long run. Whether your child is off to camp this summer or preparing to attend university soon, hereare some simple nudge interventions you can use to encourage independence in children across various ages – from toddlers to young adults:

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Importance of Staying Hydrated this Summer

Importance of Staying Hydrated this Summer

by Anonymous To enable our children to get the most out of every day, staying hydrated is therefore very important. Children are particularly at risk of becoming dehydrated because a child’s body is less effective at perspiring and produces more heat during physical exertion.  How do you know if your child is hydrated?

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Mom’s the word!

Mom’s the word!

Mom comes first! by Niyati Mehta As a parent of two children, a wife, a nudge behavioral designer and professor, I’ve had years of experience being a “do-it-all” mom, putting myself and my needs last. I was a mom to young children in an era before mental health and wellness were openly discussed online and in living rooms. An era where conversations around motherhood were limited to the mental and physical well-being of the child. We thought to allow ourselves to be sucked dry emotionally, mentally and physically was all part of the motherhood experience.

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Why Kids Should Learn a Language

Why Kids Should Learn a Language

By Kaelan O’Fallon   Let’s talk foreign languages. Sure, it would be nice to know one, but is it really that important? Read on to find out.     The Science   Brain scans have shown the bilingual people have more grey matter in the regions of the brain involved in executive function. Changes in

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The Benefits of Cooking with Kids

The Benefits of Cooking with Kids

By Kaelan O’Fallon     How often do you involve your children in preparing meals? Maybe you feel it would take too long or be too messy, or perhaps it never crossed your mind at all. But of you need a healthy boost for your kids, cooking with them just might be the best thing

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Mom & Dad I want to read?

Mom & Dad I want to read?

Ever parents ears are waiting for remarks like these!!  

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Rock around the Clock

Rock around the Clock

by Kaelan O’Fallon (assisted by NFK team expert)

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4 activities to nudge your kids closer to you this Thanksgiving

4 activities to nudge your kids closer to you this Thanksgiving

by Chronis Lalas and intern Antastasia Varakli

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How scheduling as a habit for children enhances productivity?

How scheduling as a habit for children enhances productivity?

by Niyati Mehta, research and findings assisted by Amnah Ahmad (Intern)

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For Fathers Day: Praise efforts, not intelligence

For Fathers Day: Praise efforts, not intelligence

by Tom Carr illustration and visual nudge by Niyati Mehta

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This Father’s Day NFK urges all dads out there to try some of these nudges!

This Father’s Day NFK urges all dads out there to try some of these nudges!

by Tom Carr visual nudge by Niyati Mehta, illustration by Frank Coyller

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When They Won’t Budge, Give ‘Em a Nudge!

When They Won’t Budge, Give ‘Em a Nudge!

by Tom Carr author of newest book, GOT GRIT?

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Sitting too long for any activity at home/school. It is hard to FOCUS!

Sitting too long for any activity at home/school. It is hard to FOCUS!

Stacey Schmick Shoecraft M.Ed. 5th grade Math and Science teacher Certified Edmodo Trainer

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A visual cue is worth a thousand instructions

A visual cue is worth a thousand instructions

Kaye Otten feels that in her twenty-five year career as an educator, she have often used visual supports to prevent problem behaviors.

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What would Batman eat ?

What would Batman eat ?

Kids are easily influenced by their favorite characters. They might even use them as models.

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Who wants X-ray vision carrots ?

Who wants X-ray vision carrots ?

Here is a useful – yet simple – insight from Behavioral Science : Kids are sensitive to the way different food items are labelled.

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Do you struggle with getting your kids to eat healthier food ? The solution might be simpler than you think.

Do you struggle with getting your kids to eat healthier food ? The solution might be simpler than you think.

In a study, the famous researcher Brian Wansink and his colleagues found that a simple sticker of a well-known character nudges kids toward eating apples instead of cookies.

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The Illusory Alternative

The Illusory Alternative

The « illusory alternative »

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