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Want to Be a Great Parent? Let Your Child Get Bored

So many parents rush to alleviate their kids’ boredom that they end up robbing them of their greatest mental resource!

Compare your childhood with those of the children today. Back then kids had a ton of stuff they could get into – from playing in the yard, making (not-that-great) art projects, tinkering with toys, running around with friends. While many kids today still do those things, a lot of them demand that they be instantly entertained by a screen in front of them, whether it’s the TV, a smartphone or a tablet.

Parents are in fear of allowing their child get bored that they instantly have a quick fix on the ready to ensure that their kid doesn’t throw a tantrum that can disrupt everyone around them.

But while these intentions may be good, it’s actually counter-productive. Parents MUST allow their children to get bored, and here’s why:

Child development experts urge parents not to rush in with instant solutions to satiate a child’s boredom. Researchers say that boredom gives children some inner quiet time that helps them with self-awareness.

By giving children a phone or a tablet, parents keep them from coming up with their own way of alleviating boredom. This keeps kids from using their imagination to escape being bored.

The type of creative thinking that comes up when a child is bored can stimulate interests that stay with a child for life. For example, a child may start drawing, inventing a story in their mind, or wondering about the world around them. These creative processes are important for developing their minds and imparting them with life skills that they’ll use later in life.

According to psychologist Dr. Vanessa Lapointe, “Children need to sit in their own boredom for the world to become quiet enough that they can hear themselves.”

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The Top 10 Highest Paid Professors in the World

Are your professors on the list? And who would have thought teaching can earn you lots of money?


When we think which jobs are the most profitable or give the highest salaries, teaching doesn't really come into mind. After all, Medicine, Engineering, Law, IT... that's where the money is at right? Who gets rich standing in a podium for several hours blabbering to sleepy or hung-over college kids? Rich professors... puh-lease!

Very very accurate...

Very very accurate...

Being a professor can be profitable depending on several factors. First, where you are teaching; second, how long have you been teaching; third, what you are teaching and lastly, recognition. Most of the highest-paying universities are found in the USA, and are Ivy League members such as Harvard, Duke, Cornell and Yale. ...

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Woman Gets Pregnant 2 Times in a Span of 10 Days

Kate Hill of Brisbane, Australia experienced a phenomenon called “superfetation,” which enabled her to get pregnant with two babies who were conceived 10 days apart.

Kate and Peter Hill — a couple in Brisbane, Australia — had long wanted children. However, they had challenges in conceiving. It was difficult for Kate to get pregnant because she suffered from polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

In their desire to have children, the Hills decided to seek hormone therapy for Kate's PCOS.

The two fetuses were conceived 10 days apart.

The two fetuses were conceived 10 days apart....

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8 Social Media Sites That Didn’t Survive The Test of Time

Want to take a look at the days before Facebook and Instagram took over the social media scene?

Not all social media sites were created to be as long-standing as Facebook. Here's a look back at all the other social media sites that either didn't stand the test of time or didn't live up to the demands of its users.

Warning: Some of these may trigger memories of your embarrassing teenage emo/hip-hop/boyband phase. Proceed with caution.

#1. Friendster (Inactive since June 14, 2015)

Friendster (Inactive since June 14, 2015)...

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