Thought of the Day: Synergy of Potty Training and Empathy

Potty training is one of the challenges of early childhood that every parent wants to have their child learn as soon as possible!  Often reward systems have been tried, and in my experience with 2 children, they don’t work if they are too complex, or require too much duration.   In other words, toddlers need instant feedback.  But, I am testing a new method that so far seems promising, and might be something great for Proctor and Gamble to implement if they want their market share to go back up.

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Thought of the Day: Does “I’m going to give you until the count of three!” contribute to Innumeracy?

When I was a child, my mom decided not to use the traditional “I’m going to count to 3” with me for discipline, because she was concerned that it might lead me to having a negative view towards numbers.  Instead she used “White, Yellow, Red”. And while it is quite circumstantial evidence with only a sample size of one, I grew up to love math, and not especially be into colors (despite being artistic).  Now as an educator who has studied a little bit about how the brain works, I think there is something to what my mom was thinking, and in fact this could literally be contributing to our nations problems with innumeracy and falling behind in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from other nations.

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