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What Does Negative Thinking Have To Do With It?

What Does Negative Thinking Have To Do With It?

Negativity in the brain manifests itself in many actions by the body. A reaction to stress, sometimes unintended, gets the brain worked up. In some cases the brain decides that it is going to taste the negative toxicity and get a little dopamine rush. Ever seen a child snap at a friend, teammate, classmate or parent? This child seemingly is absolutely fine then all of sudden a small incident will happen and they will fly off the handle? There is a reason for that.

Think of positive and negative thoughts. The negative thoughts have a shorter distance to travel in

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What Does Negative Thinking Have To Do With It?

What Does Negative Thinking Have To Do With It?

Negativity in the brain manifests itself in many actions by the body. A reaction to stress, sometimes unintended, gets the brain worked up. In some cases the brain decides that it is going to taste the negative toxicity and get a little dopamine rush. Ever seen a child snap at a friend, teammate, classmate or parent? This child seemingly is absolutely fine then all of sudden a small incident will happen and they will fly off the handle? There is a reason for that.

Think of positive and negative thoughts. The negative thoughts have a shorter distance to travel in

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What Does Negative Thinking Have To Do With It?

What Does Negative Thinking Have To Do With It?

Negativity in the brain manifests itself in many actions by the body. A reaction to stress, sometimes unintended, gets the brain worked up. In some cases the brain decides that it is going to taste the negative toxicity and get a little dopamine rush. Ever seen a child snap at a friend, teammate, classmate or parent? This child seemingly is absolutely fine then all of sudden a small incident will happen and they will fly off the handle? There is a reason for that.

Think of positive and negative thoughts. The negative thoughts have a shorter distance to travel in

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Rough Housing

Rough Housing

Rough·House

NORTH AMERICAN informal
verb
gerund or present participle: rough-housing
rəfˌhous,ˈrəfˌhouz/

act in a boisterous, violent manner.

"in front of the stage hundreds of teens and young adults roughhouse, flinging themselves into each other"

Therese Borchard says BDNF (brain derived neurotrophic factor) actually acts like fertilizer for the brain. There seems to be neuron growth in the hippocampus and cortex when rough housing and fun are introduced to children. When the children have some manners and sense of community real long term learning can take place. Their brains, like muscles, strengthen and grow so they can solve problems better, more often.

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Play IS An Answer

Play IS An Answer

The Mercer Island School District in Washington State has reintroduced tag at recess for the children in their school district. This form of free play exercise has proven to be very beneficial to the children. It helps them strategize, be creative, problem solve, and have fun. This kind of learning environment where the physical nature of play is attached to the brain is fast becoming an excellent way for children to learn and grow.

Allowing kids to experiment and be free seems to be unlocking the brain's desire to learn and grow in a holistic approach. I heard my children

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Long Term Success

Long Term Success

Research done in the 60’s and 70’s at Stanford using marshmallows showed conclusively that delayed gratification led to long term success. The immediacy of eating one marshmallow quickly ended up being a detriment to the subject as opposed to the subject who waited and ate two. More times than not research shows that waiting for a goal, and working towards a goal is much better for the child than an immediate reward. That try for a short term victory may come back to haunt a coach, player, and team in the long run.

Resilience as defined by Pediatrician Kenneth Ginsburgh,

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Let Them Be Kids

Let Them Be Kids

Researchers have written numerous papers, books, and given seminars on this subject. There is a natural order for children to grow. Ironically, it is called chaos! The only constant amongst children in sports and school is their age. They do just about everything differently, at different ages, and even at different times of the same day.

Dr Steinberg states that the plasticity of the children’s brains is at its peak for biological and social development. The prefrontal cortex is at its most malleable stage. What does that mean do you as a coach, parent, or teacher? It means that children’s

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Balance, A Key Ingredient In Learning And Life

Balance, A Key Ingredient In Learning And Life

Just thirty years ago kids engaged in unstructured play outside with their friends for long periods of time. The brain benefited from all kinds of play and activity. These afternoons outside helped the children grow and grasp many complex learning skills from the simple implementation of playing, imagining, and being creative on their own.  They had fun.

Balance, a key ingredient in learning and in life, was at the forefront in all the activities they did. Coaches rarely yelled at kids, and parents, for the most part, just cheered quietly or did not come to the games. This approach has

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Why Balanced Excellence?

Why Balanced Excellence?

Over the last 30 years a remarkable change has occurred in the way we coach and teach our children. At Balanced Excellence, we believe strongly that the synthesis level of thinking is needed here. If we take the science that is available to us and combine with what we already know about the holistic natural approach to children’s growth we may have something cutting edge here. This way is certainly not working. Immediacy and winning with elite status is robbing the children of the benefits of trial and error during their childhood journey. The base, so important to learning life

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