Say goodbye to cliques, set schedules, and mandatory classes, and say hello to choice and independence

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College life is a big transition from school life. We go through a lot of changes when we enter college. Our schools were a safe place where we had grown up and spent half our lives. The transition to college is so sudden that you’re no longer protected by your teachers and friends of my school time.College life poses a lot of challenges in front of me.I am  now in a place that have a full of unfamiliar faces where you need to mingle in. It teaches me to socialize and form opinions of our own. In college, students learn their free will and they go on to become more confident and composed.In school life, we were always dependant on our friends or teachers. College life teaches us to be independent. It makes us stronger and teaches us to fight our own battles. It also makes us serious about our careers. We make decisions that will affect our future all by ourselves, as in school life our parents did it for us.Additionally, in schools, we viewed our teachers as our mentors and sometimes even parents. We respected them and kept a distance. However, in college life, the teacher-student relationship becomes a bit informal. They become more or less like our friends and we share our troubles and happiness with them as we did with our friends.


Holistic Health


Key words- helicopter parenting, eustress, neurotrophins, interleukins, immunity, creativity

What is overprotection?

It is excessive protection or shielding. In other words, it is excessive restriction of a child’s behavior allegedly in the interest of his/her health and welfare by an anxious, insecure or domineering parent[1]. A helicopter parent[2] (a cosseting parent) is one who pays extreme close attention to the child’s experiences and problems particularly in educational institutions. They hover overhead overseeing every aspect of the child’s life constantly.

Disadvantages of overprotection

  • Limits a child’s independence. Children are less able to regulate their own behavior[3].
  • Parents try to bear all the trouble. Children do not become responsible adults.
  • Cannot face odd situations where they need to take instantaneous decision.
  • May lead to teenage rebellion due to excessive discipline.
  • Often lose opportunities as they are prevented from venturing out to far off places. They have to…

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Nurturing Curious Minds

children , education , freeplay , fun , kids , nurturing curious minds , science experiments , things to do , toddlers

From Marriage to Motherhood

Jake and Pex had fun with a little bit of science today. We used a microscope to look at a few specimens – cloth fibers, cotton wool and an ant. Yes, you heard me, an ant.

We have been having ant issues for awhile and there are ant poisons in various parts of the house so now and then you’d find a dead ant lying somewhere on the ground or on the table. The kids ended up going on an ant hunt and brought back more ants than needed as specimens.

My husband and I tried to explain to them about the segments of the ant and it’s feelers but showing to them on the microscope. Their attention span lasted about 2 minutes and they played with the tweezers instead, trying to pick up tiny stuff from the floor to place into the specimen container!

I almost got upset because…

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communication, lessons learned, listening, parenting, raising teens, role models, teenagers, texting

Positively Un-broken

We need to teach our children how to connect with others. I don’t mean teach them how to connect via social media—they are experts at that already. I mean we need to teach them to connect with other people face-to-face and one-on-one.

This thought struck me the other day after a couple things happened. First of all, I realized the new version of Google’s gmail is now offering me the option to click on a pre-determined email response. Essentially, it is “reading” my email and formulating a quick response that I can send to someone like, say, my boss, to thank her, let her know I will check into something, or make her think I am following up on her response or a request. In reality, the pre-determined one-click response allows me to not think. I don’t have to think about my response, and I don’t have to think about…

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