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Does your child have any Intense Interests?

I came across an article, on, that I found interesting and I wanted to share.  “Being obsessed with dinosaurs enhances kids’ intelligence”.

The article explains that the incredible knowledge of children on a specific subject is called “Intense Interests”, a strong motivation for a specific topic. “In fact, a third of children develop at some stage throughout their childhood, as a general rule between 2 and 6 years of age…”

In some cases, that interest is not extinguished in childhood but accompanies them for a large part of their lives.  They are those people who have always had a passion that, in a certain way, has served as a guiding thread and refuge over the years.

In reality, it does not matter what the object of that passion is, what is really important is the effort that children dedicate and the passion they experience.

An investigation carried out at the universities of Indiana and Wisconsin proved that intense interests are very beneficial for the intellectual development of children.

In practice, this type of interests, especially those that demand a conceptual domain as is the case of dinosaurs, not only make that the child have more knowledge about a certain subject but also enhance perseverance, improve attention and enhance skills of complex thinking as the processing of information. It has also been proven that linguistic skills are significantly improved and are an indicator of high understanding.

In fact, these psychologists explain that the way in which some children study dinosaurs or any other object of interest, in reality reveals the strategy that they will then use to face new situations and problems throughout their lives.

The wall against which intense interests clash

An Investigation carried out by psychologists from the universities of Virginia and Yale, revealed that the intense interests in childhood do seem to be mediated by the interests of the parents, since they usually appear during the first year of life without the parents having encouraged them.  In fact, some of those interest are rare for the parents themselves.

The bad news…Only 20% of children are still passionate about the same issues as they grow up.  In most cases the end of the  passion comes with schooling.

Apparently, when children start studying, they have much less free time to devote to their “investigations”.  To this is added that they understand that school requires a broader knowledge but also more superficial and often their interests do not fit within the school curriculum, so they just end up abandoning them.

Click on the link (the article title) to read the article in it’s entirety. It has suggestions on how to nurture these intense interests.


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A green two-way street sign with arrows and the words You Decide

Happiness does not come without Stress, Hardships, Heartaches and Regrets.  It comes In-Spite of them.

You have to make a decision to let yourself drive towards happiness and not let all of the ugliness of your life drive you. It takes:

  • Daily meditation of positivism
    • reading inspirational books
    • looking for positive quotes each day to focus on
  • Setting goals in your life
    • Starting with today.  What do I want to get accomplished today?
  • Keeping your eye on the prize
    • you decide what the prize is; completing your to do list, accomplishing a long term goal, etc.
  • Removing negativity from your life. (sometimes that may be a person)
  • Realize that when people are snapping at you or being rude, that is usually a symptom of their problems (don’t make them yours)
  • Celebrate the successes no matter how small or large they are
    • tell a friend who you share your struggles with
    • turn on a happy song and dance while reciting “I did it!”

We celebrate with children when they accomplish something small and large.  When my one year old grandson has developed a new motor skill, such as walking, we clap and say “yay”.  That becomes culture and when he does something that he thinks deserves a celebration, he starts clapping and says “yay” while anticipating that I will celebrate with him.  And I always do.

Along the way to adulthood we tend to lose that mentality and focus on the things that we and other people do wrong.  In the most severe cases this can lead to depression and other health problems.

Changing this mentality, that has slowly become culture, takes effort; sometimes it takes a great deal of effort.  But, when you put forth the effort, it then becomes habit which leads to a newly developed Culture.  Get started today by looking for the bright side of every situation you find yourself getting aggravated with and build on it.

Catherine Bares

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#Quote of the Week

“What could I have said, or done differently that would have produced a different outcome?” -Author Unknown

 Have you ever walked away from a discussion that turned into an argument? Have you ever been in a situation that yielded less than a solution and thought to yourself, “well that didn’t go well.”   As managers, owners and come away from a situation, and am less than happy with the outcome, I try to take a step back and ask myself that question.

 Even if you are not directly responsible for the outcome, your insight can play a huge part as a mediator to guide and inspire. 

Happy Monday!

Catherine Bares

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#One of the Best Things About Time Away is Returning Home

Taking a “time-out” and getting away for fun and relaxation is a figurative reset button for me.  Spending quality time with the family is priceless.  I spent a day at the beach with tow (2) of my grandsons.  It was the tow (2) year olds first trip to the beach.  He had a blast!  It was a bittersweet, Déjà vu moment for me.  Sitting there watching my young grandsons run around, soaking up the rays and the waves, I couldn’t help but think back to those moments when I had my boys out there enjoying that same quality time.   It is hard to believe how long ago that was my boys running through the water, building sand castles, flying kites, feeding the seagulls and just enjoying the moment. It almost brought tears to my eyes.

My advice to young parents:  No matter how stressful life is and no matter how busy you are, find a way to fit in quality family time.  You will treasure those moments later in life; I know I do!

Catherine Bares

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#Exercise for the Brain

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Did you know that physical activity is just as beneficial to the mind as it is to the body?

  • One study found that #physically fit people are better able to focus, “as measured by a challenging cognitive task.”  That’s good news in a world full of technological distractions!
  • Students who participated in a “dynamic morning exercise program” nearly doubled their #reading scores. Another study found that after 30 minutes on a #treadmill, students solved math problems up to 10% more effectively.
  • Taking a walk in a natural setting (as opposed to an urban environment) soothes anxiety and improves working memory performance.
  • The “biochemical cascade” triggered by #endurance training helps the brain to create new neurons that enhance plasticity and maintain memory and cognitive skills.
  • For every flight of stairs climbed daily, brain age decreases by 0.58 years.
  • Regular bouts of #moderate cardiovascular exercise appear to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.

**source-June 2016 edition of Idea Fitness Journal (Idea fitnographic by Joy Keller and Lisa Quigley.

Catherine Bares

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#The Power of Laughter

Good Morning All,

Laughter truly is good medicine. Every time I listen to this audio clip it brings a smile to my face.

“8 Reasons why laughter really is the best medicine:”  as found on

  1. Laughter is a natural pain killer.
  2. Laughter strengthens your heart.
  3. Laugh to ward off disease.
  4. Laughter tones your abs.
  5. Laughter boosts immunity.
  6. Laughter decreases blood pressure.
  7. Laughter banishes stress.
  8. Laughter helps those suffering from depression.

To read the article in it’s entirety, click on the title line and follow the next buttons.

Here’s to laughing more!

Catherine Bares

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#Anger is:

Anger Is:

  • Addictive
  • Biased
  • Careless
  • Depressing
  • Destructive
  • EASY
  • Egotistical
  • Exhausting
  • Fragile
  • Heavy
  • Hurtful
  • Harmful
  • Insulting
  • Obtrusive
  • Offensive
  • Reactive
  • Resentful
  • Selfish
  • Sickening
  • Ugly
  • Useless
  • Vindictive

Knowing this; can you invest in some self improvement tactics?  Would it be worth it to your health?

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#Quote of the Week-Change

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts

Change can create a sense of threat or fear within our teams and/or family.  The key is to make change part of the your culture and coach it daily.  Make it clear that change is encouraged and provide the tools to make it happen.  Getting stuck in a rut is easy when we believe that what we are doing is good.  Remember, good is the enemy of Great!  Change must occur to continually achieve Great.

Catherine Bares

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Quote of the Week-Do you listen to understand or to react?

“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”-Steven R. Covey

Listening is a skill.  As business leaders, parents, spouses and friends it’s easy to get stuck in our own heads and listen with the intent to reply.  If we listen with the intent to understand where a person is coming from and understand the “why’s” behind the conversation, it empowers us to be better managers, advisors, spouses and friends.

Leave a comment: do you listen to reply?  if so, how will you work towards improving your skill of listening with the intent to understand?

Happy Monday

Catherine Bares

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Make Today the Good Ole Days

I am a people watcher/observer.  I can’t tell you how many times I have heard people say “those were the good ole days”.  I find that kind of sad.

Do you live today thinking about yesterday and say to yourself “that was the time of my life?” Well pardon my French, the heck with that!! Make today the time of your life. Don’t get me wrong, yesterday is what got us here today but there is no reason yesterday has to be better than today.  Wake up and enjoy life.  Leave a comment about how you can make today a great day!

Catherine Bares

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