Don’t Forget The Why

Introduction

In case you have been living under a rock recently (or at least not visiting BuzzFeed at all), there are almost infinite “How To” articles on the internet.  They are consistently among the highest ranked on any “top articles” lists.  They are easy to read, easy to write, and easy to feel satisfied when done reading.  

Unfortunately, like eating Little Debbie cupcakes instead of an apple, these snackable articles leave many feeling less than fulfilled.  The dopamine rush of new information wears off, and all that is left is the desire to read more rather than do more.  So we look for the next “How To” articles, all the while sitting on our couch letting the hours slip by.  

So where does that leave us?  If new knowledge gained by a “How To” article will not motivate us to take action, then what will?  I think the answer has to come from within ourselves in the form of defining our Why.  

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Winter Car Preparation

Introduction

With fall right around the corner, now is a good time to think about what is coming up very soon.  You know, the time where everyone knows that no one knows how to drive in snow except for themselves, drivers of 4×4 trucks feel entitled, and your uncle complains that the “damn snow plow won’t get out of the way!” on his morning commute.  Yep, winter!!!

The wintertime is magical; unique in its place among the seasons.  But the freedom found in an undisturbed lawn after a fresh snow can quickly turn into a nightmare when driving to the nearest Redbox for a warm night in.  How do you avoid turning even the smallest driving trip into a frost covered nightmare?  By getting ready beforehand, of course!

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The Word Gap: 4 Easy Ways to Expand Your Child’s Communication Skills

Introduction to the Word Gap

What is the word gap?  It is common sense that humans are apt to learn a language more comprehensively when they have no choice but to speak it.  This is why language immersion program are both the most successful and sought after learning programs around.  While immersion is normally used to describe the summer-long tips to foreign countries for advanced college students, it also applies to babies and establishing their native tongue.  

If you think about it, babies and young children have no choice but to speak the language that is spoken within their homes.  They cannot physically remove themselves from the home, nor can they block out the conversations that are being held to and around them.  Their language experience is a complete immersion from birth.  

However, there is a difference among children as to the quality and quantity of the immersion experience during their first years.  

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