It is very common these days to hear parents saying, “Good job!” to their young children for everything from putting their hats on, to eating their dinner, to cleaning up their toys. Not all observers of behavior find this useful. Alfie Kohn, who has studied motivation and punishment in schools and in the corporate world, has found that praise of this sort often backfires, creating children (and in comparable situations, adults) who are afraid to try things they think they may fail at. Praise, it turns out, may do more harm than good. Continue reading
The Sampan’s special medical edition is out on stands now! As part of the newspaper’s ongoing efforts to provide the Asian American community with health and healthcare information, this edition covers all three of the Sampan’s areas of concern: Obesity, Diabetes and Smoking Cessation. In addition to information on quitting smoking, eating a better diet and new diabetes research, a few of Sampan’s columnists have written informative pieces on their areas of expertise and links to healthcare. We hope you find the Sampan’s medical edition useful! Click on the sections you’d like to look at!
Children all over the world learn to speak the language of their families. We have lots of knowledge about how this happens, but it’s still undeniably a mystery. We know one thing for sure: children learn to speak in the context of community; that is, they need people to talk to them! No one learns to speak by listening to TV or tape recordings. Talking with children and near children, is how youngsters learn to understand and use language. Reading to young children, especially when they are sitting on your lap and looking at the book, also seems to help children learn their first language. Continue reading