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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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