You Should Know
Scientists have discovered that shouting “Ow!” when we’re physically hurt actually helps us cope with the pain. Apparently it disrupts the discomfort messages being sent to our brain and helps us tolerate the pain better. Previously, scientists thought the outbursts were an evolved method to communicate danger to others. Nope, we do it to distract ourselves. It’s instinctive and a simple sound that requires little articulatory control. So, it’s easy and effective to use when in pain. Perhaps we should investigate its use as a non-physical pain distraction too (like when we’re angry or frustrated).
Research proves that taking a break from task-related stress allows you to come back more focused and productive than before. One study found that for every 52 minutes of work, highest performing employees took a 17 minute break. Considering the brain is like other muscles in the body and tires from repeated stress, it makes sense to give it a rest now and then. Think about that the next time your kid starts to melt down while doing homework or practicing the piano. And, you wouldn’t make your athlete workout without breaks!
The National Fire Protection Association says that Thanksgiving Day is the peak day for home cooking fires. The day before Thanksgiving is the second highest day. Unattended cooking is the leading contributing factor. Be safe this Thanksgiving. Stay in the kitchen when cooking on the stove. Stay in the house when cooking in the oven. Set timers so you don’t get distracted. Keep oven mitts and towels away from cooking areas. Keep floors clear so you don’t trip. Keep kids away from the stove. And make sure you have working smoke detectors.
No matter how much they beg, don’t give your pet any Halloween candy. Chocolate is toxic to dogs. The risk depends on how much chocolate is consumed, the type of chocolate consumed, and the weight of the dog. The toxicity is highest in cocoa powder, followed by unsweetened bakers chocolate, then semisweet, dark, and milk chocolate. Learn the signs of chocolate poisoning and if you suspect your dog has eaten some, contact your vet or Pet Poison Control immediately.
Experts agree that children who take music lessons develop a wide spectrum of skills besides just learning an instrument. Studies show that compared to their peers, children with musical training not only score higher on standardized tests (including Verbal IQ tests) they do better academically overall. And the earlier the lessons start, the higher the scores and the better the grades. Learning an instrument requires discipline and focus. It also develops patience and perseverance. These skills are essential to effective study in all subjects. So, the evidence is clear. Starting our children in music lessons early is a smart thing to do.