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School Bus Has Arrived – What about Mom and Dad’s Learning?

September 8, 2016

 

Our kids have the opportunity to learn and explore for the next 180 days.  As an adult what can we do to expand our minds? Even if our school days are a distant past, we can instill our desire to learn with the following 10 ways:

  • Get inspired – explore a new activity or subject that makes you say “Wow that is cool”.

  • Set goals that are realistic and measurable to learn a new skill.  Don’t wait for the magical day when everything is going to happen.

  • Be creative – draw, doodle, paint or write down your dreams.  You never know what you may reveal.

  • Do it different – take an everyday task and do it differently.  Drive home a different route, change your same old recipe by adding a new herb or spice.  Believe it or not this will stretch your mind!

  • Get a fresh perspective - Challenge yourself to learn empathy by understanding others’ perspective. This will open your eyes to how they see the world and challenges they face.

  • Get exercise – Stimulate the blood flow to your brain and strive to get 30 minutes of exercise a day. If you are tired of the same old activity explore something new, get ready for winter and buy snowshoes!

  • Take up an instrument – So you give your kids piano lessons, why not try it? It will lower your stress, and research shows it will increase your intelligence in other areas.

  • Sleep on it – Lack of sleep hurts our brain and can have permanent and lasting effects.  The National Sleep Foundation recommends a minimum of 7 hours of sleep per night for adults.

  • Make it a single – Alcohol abuse can affect your intelligence, so if you want to be a life-long learner, be sure to drink moderately.

  • Meditate – Studies have shown improvement in memory and learning with 20 minutes of meditation 4 times a week.  Start out slow, take time for yourself, and sit quietly with no Smartphone or other electronic devices.  Listen to the sounds and let your eyes gaze the room.  What do you see?  What do you hear?  This practice will allow you space to learn and explore.
     

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