The Best Way To Solve Your Child’s Behavior Problems

If you asked me a year ago what word best described my parenting, it might have been “rigid.” Being a preschool teacher for so many years had made me a little too good at setting limits and following through. It got to the point where every day with my 3-year-old son was a repeat cycle of tears and unnecessary power struggles. I found myself thinking that I couldn’t let go of one single thing because then, “He’d win.”

But one day it hit me… at what point did he and I stop being on the same team? At what point did I start controlling him instead of guiding him? Of course I should want him to “win.” I want him to win at solving problems. To win at loving others unconditionally. Most importantly, to win in our relationship.

Fast forward to now, and I’m viewing defiance and misbehavior in a whole new light.

Solve Your Child's Behavior Problems

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From Student to Teacher: My Yoga Journey in Kerala

From Student to Teacher: My Yoga Journey in Kerala

I strained to hear my teacher over the construction noises next door and the birds calling out to each other as she explained the story behind the Bhagavad Gita to our group of 28 aspiring yogis. It was three in the afternoon and we still had another hour of lecture and two more hours of yoga to go before our usual evening routine of dinner, studying and a nice early bedtime. I squirmed to find a comfortable position on my wooden block, scarves tucked under my knees, then finally gave up and lay down flat on my mat, chin propped up on both my hands as I fought the afternoon snooze brought on by the relentless heat and humidity.

This was how my days were spent during the month of J...

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13 Facts About Life in Japan That Annoy Both the Foreigners and the Locals

We have written a lot of articles about Japan: about the quirks of the local people, about the difficult lives of Japanese women, and also about the things that amaze foreign tourists. But there are some things about the Japanese culture that are so strange and illogical, even the Japanese themselves would love to not have them.

Today, Bright Side is going to tell you about the traditions that irritate the people who have lived in Japan their entire lives.

1. Neighbors can file complaints to the landlord about people that walk too loudly or make too much noise.

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Myanmar Through an Ethical Lens

Focus on the People, Not the Politics

Hla de, hla de (beautiful, beautiful),” purrs photographer Nathan Horton. One of his Nikon lenses is focused on the ebony irises of a caramel-skinned woman from the Pa-Oh hill tribe in Shan State, Myanmar. Another protrudes from his hip, dangling from a second camera body like a bonus appendage.

The villager is shy, hesitant to engage with the camera. “I’ve grown old,” she demurs, remembering the British-born photographer from a previous visit. But Horton turns his once imposing lens into a bridge. With a little more encouragement in her native tongue, his subject’s eyes light up and thanaka-smeared cheeks crinkle into a smile, r...

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Oscars 2020: Who Will Win Best Animated Feature?

The Academy Awards are always an exciting time for film buffs, and while many will be on the edge of their seat waiting to see who will win Best Picture, there is one medium that is, with occasional exception, not considered for that category: Best Animated Feature. 

While the core of visual storytelling is the same (performance, production design, cinematography, etc.) animation is unique in that every element must be produced from scratch. It’s no wonder most animated films take three or four years on average to make, but the results can be nothing short of magical. 

We believe the Animated Feature nominees deserve a closer look, and wish to shed light on the diverse pool of films hoping to snag that 2020 Oscar.

Hiccup and Astrid in How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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Best Video Games to Play in 2020

As Sony and Microsoft eye the next generation of video game consoles, and Google experiments with cloud gaming with its Stadia platform, studios everywhere are preparing to give this generation its swan song while crafting the future of the industry. The result will be a 2020 full of compelling new experiences, jaw-dropping remakes, long-awaited sequels, and a few games that defy classification. As such, we've picked all of the upcoming games you need to keep an eye on in 2020.

You may be wondering where games like Ghost of Tsushima, and Metroid Prime 4 are on our list. While it's certainly possible (maybe even likely) that some of these games will be released in 2020, for the moment, we are only including games which have been granted a 2020 release window or release date. Rest assured that we will be updating this list as more games are confirmed. 

For now, her...

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Street Portraits of the Incredible Cargo People Carry on Motorbikes in Hanoi

Motorcycle Delivery Hanoi Photos by Jon Enoch

 

If you’ve ever been to Southeast Asia, you know that motorcycles (or scooters) are the transport of choice for many locals. In dense cities such as Hanoi, the narrow streets are usually clogged with them, and there’s always the low hum of engines in the air. The 2-wheelers are perfect for zipping around from one spot to the next, but they’re also surprisingly useful for transporting cargo.

Intrigued by the scooter culture in Hanoi, London-based photographer Jon Enoch captures the vast and unusual motorbike loads across the Vietnamese city. “When I...

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Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers

No matter what age you are, Halloween can be such a fun holiday! From dressing up to decorating the house to creating fun DIY projects, there are just so many ways to celebrate. These Halloween Crafts for Toddlers and Preschoolers will help get even the little ones in your family involved in the festivities. Plus, it’s so much fun to look back on these fun craft projects in the years to come.

The great thing about these crafts is that you probably have most of the supplies you need on hand already. Anything you still need can easily be picked up at your local dollar store making these crafts quick, easy and inexpensive! Best of all, just think about all the fun you can your kids can have making these fun not-so-spooky Halloween projects. No kids at home? Invite over your nieces and nephews for an afternoon of fun! 

halloween crafts for toddlers and preschoolers
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