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  • Creating a Culture Where It’s Cool to Be Smart

    This article by Dona Matthews and Joanne Foster on nurturing children’s intelligence and creativity was first published in 2009 in Gifted Education International. It was also the frontispiece in Roeper Review, and was featured at Education News. In light of Michelle Obama’s focus on educational reforms, see how and why the messages in this article still resonate strongly today.

  • Get in Shape

    Getting in shape physically and improving creativity have much in common. Mainly, we are so good at making excuses as to why we can't do it!

  • Too Invested in Your Child’s Activities and Performance?

    How involved should parents be in their children’s activities? Young and aspiring artists, musicians, athletes, and scholars experience challenges as they strive to achieve. So, what comprises too much or too little parental involvement? What’s just right? Here are some guidelines.

  • Be Open

    Creativity does not start with a solution. It starts with a problem. Creativity is not a search for something someone else thought of - it's not a guessing game. Do all these brain-teasers we come across really have something to do with creativity?

  • Don’t Stop Me Now

    Recording cannot replace experiencing. Experiencing and connecting should always come first. So... don't stop me now!

  • The Lure of Kids’ Extracurricular Activities:  The Impact, and Answers to Parents’ Questions

    School resumes, and kids are registering for all kinds of extracurricular programs. However, many parents have concerns about relevance and suitability, including the content, costs, benefits, and demands of these activities, wondering which ones are appropriate for their child. Here are some considerations and guidelines.

  • Reality Check

    We are surrounded by technology that makes everything so efficient and immediate. Tasks that took us hours just a few years ago are now just a swipe away. We should have had tons of spare time thanks to this overwhelming efficiency. This era should have been a perfect opportunity for us to reconnect. And yet, many of us are constantly occupied with something. And this something usually involves some digital pieces of information being fired at us.

  • 5 Ways to Spice Up Your Summer Vacation

    For many of us, the summer vacation is usually booked in advance, planned and designed to use every single minute. Which is great, but it doesn't really leave room for surprises or, dare I say, adventures. So today we are on a mission to bring back some surprises to our summer vacation. We are going to spice up our vacation with five simple things that will make us feel like children again, without giving up our grand plans for the summer. Ready? Let's hit the road!

  • Rejection & Criticism for Creatives

    Criticism and even rejection don’t just “make us stronger.” They actually can embolden our creative ideas and output. But how do you accept criticism and rejection in a positive way?

  • Get Lost

    Is it possible that we are losing the ability to get lost in more than just the geographical sense? Is it possible that by knowing exactly where we are all the time, we are losing something more precious like our ability to be surprised?