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  1. #131 Children Know Better: How to Foster Your Dreams Since Childhood — by Jacob Dillon 
    In a sense this isn't about children. In a larger context it is a message that growing up is losing the child-like capacity to dream. In this light is for parents, non-parents, children and all their dreams.

    When was the last time you have followed your intuition? The last time you fulfilled your dreams and freed your instincts? We live in a society that dictates us what we should or should not do. We live in a world that knows too many boundaries and limits our imagination. To create, develop, extend, innovate, we must let go – let go of fear, doubts, or panic. We must accept what happens in our lives and realize there is no way to change it.

    Walt Disney once said, “Believe in your dreams, no matter how impossible they seem.” And look what he’s created – a world full of magic, creativity, and love. As cliché as it might sound, believing in our dreams means letting go of everything that stops us from letting go.

    Pursuing our dreams should not be something out of the ordinary. We should listen to ourselves and follow our hearts. If you’ve always wanted to become an artist, become an artist. If you’ve always wanted to fly to the moon, fly to the moon. Nothing is stopping you from reaching your purpose! Look at children – they believe they’re able to do anything. And they can do anything; but that’s because they believe it.

    Now look at you – can you believe you can follow your dreams? Here’s how.
    Children Know Better: How to Foster Your Dreams Since Childhood — by Jacob Dillon

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  2. #132 Teaching Kids to Balance Work and Play — by Jennifer Landis 
    Remember, School Is Work for Kids

    Ah, childhood! The one time in our lives when we are blissfully free of any responsibilities, right?

    Not exactly. In fact, many kids today have more responsibilities than ever before. The advent of “helicopter parenting” combined with tougher laws prohibiting “free-range” child-rearing prior to certain ages has resulted in a generation of children who are more stressed out than their predecessors could have imagined. Once upon a time not too long ago, the street lights coming on were a near-universal sign that playtime was over, and children would head home for dinner. Now, it’s rare for kids under the age of 12 to get any time without direct adult supervision.

    While this constant supervision may make our children safer, it doesn’t necessarily assist in their emotional, mental or social development. Indeed, having too much strictly structured time can turn children into adults who are uncomfortable or even incapable of without direction from others. In the majority of cases, mild social anxiety can result if children are allowed to interact with their peers without guidance — at worst, they may develop anxiety disorders or other mental issues.

    Kids need adult guidance, and they do need to learn. That said, there is still wisdom in the saying to let kids be kids. Playtime is just as important as schooling in terms of emotional and social development. Developing a healthy balance between work and play will help your children grow up as healthy, well-adjusted adults.
    Teaching Kids to Balance Work and Play — by Jennifer Landis

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