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Juhi Sharma’s not-for-profit organisation Light Up focuses on harnessing the emotional intelligence of children, parents and teachers, and providing them with tools to form a cohesive, non-violent, and caring community. The education system, Juhi believes, fails to help children build a strong emotional foundation and skill sets which would help them to “survive in the real world”. Real-life experiences teach them “a half-baked approach” that often manifests itself in layers of anger issues, fear and sadness, and more importantly, signs of early stage anxiety and depression.
I believe we advocate best for our children when we put their autistic behaviors in context rather than let others assume the worst. We advocate best if our words are not angry or defensive, just factual, “My child has autism, I’m doing the best I can.” Because we are not seeking to punish the people who might be our greatest allies, if only they understood. But now the burden shifts to you, general public. All you bystanders who don’t know what to do when you witness the unthinkable. The answer is tolerance – you have a duty not to comment cruelly, not to insist we leave.
Parenting in the digital era is quite challenging as mobile devices and the internet, as convenient as they are, can lead to negative developmental patterns in children when not utilized properly.Here are a few tips to help you navigate digital parenthood:
In this episode, we speak with Brandon Northington, a rising corporate attorney, talented entrepreneur, budding author and inspiring public speaker. As the “Millennial Motivator,” Brandon shares his inspiring story of overcoming adversity through self-determination, grit and an unyielding belief in his ability to succeed.
“In an instant, I became “a brother” and I also realized that life had changed: I was responsible for someone other than myself. Someone I had to protect (even though I couldn’t protect myself in school), someone who required attention (the most attention I had given anything was the science fiction novels in my bedroom), and someone who would receive the majority of my Mother’s attention (which meant some attention would be deflected from me…”
“Last week, a 19 year-old with an AR-15 style assault weapon walked into a Florida high school and killed 17 people. This week, the nation is embroiled in a debate about who’s to blame…On Thursday, a Florida middle school teacher weighed in with a Facebook post that has since gone viral, declaring it’s the parents.”
While motivation isn’t something entirely within our control, it’s influenced by a number of situational factors that are. From your environment and surroundings, to your diet and sleep habits, there are certain behaviors and settings that will make you more or less motivated to work on your goals. In light of that truth, we ought to tweak as many of the things within our control as possible, in order to create situations and environments that will best facilitate our progress.
In the past, Black History Month has existed to remind us of the greatness we didn’t know we possessed. But in the era of #Blackgirlmagic and #Blackexcellence twitter trends, we see it. Black History Month is worth honoring and celebrating, but black people have expanded beyond our 28-day celebration, and we’re ready to pass the gift on.
In 2018, I believe Black History Month has an altered purpose. In addition to showing the persistence of black Americans, it provides an opportunity for white parents to educate their children not only about the contributions made by black Americans, but also to give them an insight to the circumstances that led to its creation.
“Children often pursue their parents’ jobs because of the breakfast-table effect: Family conversations influence them. They fuel interests or teach children what less commonly understood careers entail (probably one reason textile spinning and shoemaking are high on the list of jobs disproportionately passed on to children). In interviews, people who followed their parents’ career paths described it as speaking the same language.”