Kiran Kumar

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Tynker- Teach Kids Coding Through Puzzles and Interactive Games

February 15, 2015<br>Yesterday when posted about Code Blast, which is a coding app for iPad, somebody requested an app that could do the same but on …

A Year With the Tribe: A Passionate Teacher Speaks About Teaching Boys

The following interview details the experiences of a South African teacher involved in an experimental programme in which boys and girls were split …

5 Ways To Encourage Kids To Grow Up To Be Innovators

In a world where children are discouraged from being innovative and taking risks, how do we raise the next Steve Jobs?<p>It’s not easy being a kid today. They face shifting curricula requirements, a strong focus on standardized test results, piles of homework, and a seemingly never-ending quest for …

Nail Polish Can Lower a Baby's IQ

(Newser) – Want your baby's IQ to be a few points higher? Then keep it away from chemicals in household items like shower curtains, nail polish, and …

Bouncing to music can help babies bond, become more cooperative

Babies enjoying a little “Twist and Shout” have some important lessons to share about bonding and the power of music.<p>Those who were bounced to a melody while also watching a stranger move in sync to the same beat were much more helpful to that stranger afterwards than to adults who were out of sync …

Being a Good Leader Makes You More Attractive

Pretty people do better. Whether interviewing for a new job, applying for a promotion, or, in the world of politics, seeking voters’ support, people with good looks tend to reap more rewards. It pays to be physically attractive.<p>Previous studies bear this out. But, from my own research, which is …

How To Improve Your Relationships At Work

A lot of our time during the week is spent at work, which can sometimes be a very stressful environment. Positive relationships with our coworkers can contribute to making the work environment a more enjoyable place to be. If your relationships at work need improvement, then it’s important that you …

3 Surprising Leadership Lessons From Nuns

Here's what the sisters can teach you about running a business.<p><i>This story first appeared on The Muse, a web destination with exciting job opportunities and expert career advice.</i><p>People make a joke when I tell them that Catholic nuns are some of the best managers and leaders I have ever met.<p>"Because …

Leadership

4 Reasons Successful Entrepreneurs Need Executive Assistants

As an entrepreneur, you put a great deal of thought in surrounding yourself with talented and dynamic people who add to the success of your business endeavors. The abilities and contributions of your team often determine the overall outcome of your project. Yet there is one position often …

How To Increase Productivity By Employee Happiness

Whether you are an entrepreneur managing a startup, or a corporate executive with thousands of employees, it’s hard to ignore the evidence of big value from happy employees. For example, the Harvard Business Review a while back included an analysis of hundreds of studies showing an average of 31% …

Is Rubber Mulch a Safe Surface for Your Child's Playground?

The public playground in Bandon, a small town on the blustery coast of Oregon, has everything a kid could want. Swings and an orange, twisting slide, even a bright blue boat.<p>But after the playground was installed in 2009, some mothers became concerned about the springy black stuff beneath their …

Landscaping

Digital Parenting and Cell Phone Etiquette

Remember when phone etiquette simply referred to the rules regarding answering the home phone? Now that most people, including teens, have their own …

5 Must-Have Tech Gadgets for New Parents

Any American who has ever procreated knows what a racket the baby industry is. And that’s not a sippy cup half-empty viewpoint — according to a 2013 …

Data-Driven Parenting App Gives Personalized Tips for Every Kid

In 2012, P.J. Gunsagar and Dylan Arena founded Kidaptive and released their first iPad app, Leo's Pad. It stars Leo, a young inventor with a …

Kids

Sleep Deprivation Is Killing You and Your Career

The next time you tell yourself that you’ll sleep when you’re dead, realize that you’re making a decision that can make that day come much sooner. Pushing late into the night is a health and productivity killer.<p>According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, the …

25 Websites That Will Make You Smarter

Here's a list of websites that will actually make you smarter:<p><b>CodeAcademy</b>— Learn programming languages like HTML, CSS, and Javascript with this free, interactive resource.<p><b>Coursera</b>— With more than 800 free courses on topics that range from internet history to financial engineering, the education …

Learning

Why Your Kids Don't Thank You for Gifts

When we shop for holiday gifts, many of us look for things that will make our children happy. We can’t wait to hear their appreciative cries of <i>“thank</i> …

Common-Sense, Science-Based Advice on Toddler Screen Time—Finally!

It’s a question always sparking hot debate in parenting circles: Do you let your babies and toddlers use screens? For years, the health and child …

15 Things Every Parent Should Know

The how-to guide that didn't come with the kid.<p>What should you say if your child asks, "What's a gentleman's club?" when you drive past that horrible billboard on the way to Grandma's? "While you want to adequately answer your child's question, most kids don't want the gory details," says Sandra …

Grandparents

Learning to Count, Counting on Learning

If someone asked you what "counting" means, you might say that it means being able to say numbers in order: <i>one</i>, <i>two</i>, <i>three</i>, <i>four</i>, <i>five</i>....<p>It's important that children know how to do this, but it's actually not a math skill -- it's a memory skill. Being able to recite the words for the numbers in order …

Your Baby from 28 to 30 Months: Reading & Writing

Your toddler picks up a book as if she can read, scribbles her name (sort of), and wants to play with other kids. Now if only she could share...<p>Becoming a Big Kid<p>Give your child a book now, and she'll probably hold it the right way and turn the pages as if she's reading. But she couldn't be reading …

Top 5 Ways to Ensure Safe, Natural Toys for Kids

It never seems too early to start making your holiday gift lists (even if just in your head) because the holidays tend to creep up on us faster than we realize. Although I enjoy tackling my growing list and finding thoughtful gifts for loved ones, it can become a little overwhelming at times, …

4 Clues That You Are Probably Not Charging Enough For What You Do

And what you can do about it.<p>Most of us struggle with charging what we are worth, we tend to look at pricing as a number plucked out of thin air, perhaps based on what we think our customers can afford to pay, or even worse, we base our prices on what our competitors are charging, with no idea at …

Business Strategy

10 Best Business Books of 2014

These 10 business books were the real eye-openers for entrepreneurs in the year 2014.<p>Every year, I select 10 books that, IMHO, provided the most value to their readers. Some of these may already be on your radar, but others you might have missed. Enjoy!<p><b>Author:</b> Judy Robinett<p><b>Subtitle:</b> <i>The 5 50 100</i> …

Guy Kawasaki

Why You Should Hire Bilinguals Even If You Don't Need Their Language Skills

A new study reveals that employees who speak multiple languages have faster brains and can be more efficient in the workplace.<p>As America's population grows ever more diverse, smart companies are realizing they need bilingual employees. That's just common sense. Now comes evidence proving that …

Language Learning