It’s a simple parenting trick that can have a profound impact on your child’s growth and development – kneeling or squatting down to their eye level when you talk to them. According to experts, maintaining the same eye level with your youngster assures them that you are giving them your undivided attention. It likewise makes them feel safer.
Gill Connell, child development expert and author of A Moving Child Is a Learning Child, said it this way:
“Active listening is one of the most important ways you can send the message, ‘You’re important to me.’ Get down on the child’s level, lean in, and make eye contact.”
In fact, this trick is not only beneficial for kids but for their parents as well.
In an interview with Smart Parenting, Anthony D. Koutsoftas, PhD. emphasized that being on the same eye level with your child allows you to see what he or she sees. You experience things from their perspective which, in turn, allows you to understand the child better.
Here’s Kate Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, talking to her son George on his eye level.
By applying this technique during conversations, along with smiling, nodding, and other positive expressions, the child’s self-esteem will grow and they will feel encouraged to communicate more, Connell shared.
Even Prince William, Kate’s husband, and U.S. President Barack Obama practiced the technique when talking to the young boy.
It is, of course, likewise important that parents help their children identify their emotions, whether they’re happy or sad, and, most importantly, be willing to go through them with him.
By saying something like “I can see that you are upset”, parents are able to assure their youngster that it is normal to feel strong emotions and so they would be more ready to share what they feel next time.
Take This Helpful Reminder Before Drinking From a Soda Can
Better safe than sorry!
There have been stories about how a person can die from leptospirosis by drinking from soda cans that may have been contaminated with rat droppings or urine. But what is really the truth behind these claims? Anyone of us has been guilty of drinking straight from soda cans without even cleaning the top. But if we do, will that be enough?
Although it can be filthy to drink from the soda can without cleaning it first, the Leptospirosis Information Center (LIC) dismissed the leptospirosis warning as a fake. Also, exposure to diseased rats’ (or even other animals’) urine or feces may indeed cause leptospirosis in humans but drinking from a dirty soda can will highly unlikely result to the infection.
LIC explained that the bacteria Leptospira require being constantly immersed in water so it can thrive. This makes the bacteria unable to survive on dry surfaces. Since the surfaces of the soda cans do not hold moisture, the drinking containers won’t likely contaminate the contents....
Adolf Hitler’s Personal Phone Just Got Sold for $243,000
Adolf Hitler used to bark his evil orders using this telephone.
An old, scarlet phone that is believed to have once belonged to Adolf Hitler was sold at an auction for a whopping $243,000. The said phone, which could have been used to send orders to deliver countless people to their graves, was purchased by an unidentified individual who participated in the auction via telephone.
The old phone, along with a porcelain dog, were retrieved from Hitler's bunker by Ralph Rayner, a British officer, soon after the second world war ended. Ranulf Rayner, Ralph's son, said that Russian soldiers who were then in control of the city where Hitler's bunker was located handed over the said items to his father.
Adolf Hitler used to order the deaths of countless millions across the globe from this phone.
Top Cities in the World that Takes the Most Selfies, According to TIME Magazine
Let’s see if your city matches up to the rest of world when it comes to your love of selfies!
With social media sites like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, and the like, more and more people who love their daily look (or just love to pose) can now post their selfies online. It's a huge phenomenon, and naturally, huge phenomena like these give us a lot of valuable data.
TIME Magazine made it their mission to build a database of more than 400,000 Instagram photos tagged "selfie" that also has its geographic coordinates. With this pool of data, they were then able to rank the 459 cities based on how many selfies they generated.