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Have You Noticed Bad Behavior in the Adults Around You? They're Probably Lacking Core Life Skills

Core life skills are key capabilities that adults use to effectively manage life, work, and parenting. These skills include planning, focus, self-control, awareness, and flexibility—also known as “executive function” and “self-regulation” skills. No one is born with these skills, but everyone can learn them through practice.

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Core Life Skills Develop When There's an Appropriate Balance Between These Two Self-Regulation Strategies:

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When These Two Self-Regulation Strategies Are
Well Balanced, People Naturally Exhibit These Five Core Life Skills:

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The Pandemic Disrupted the Development of Core Life Skills

Millions of people were forced to quickly adapt to a variety of prolonged, uncomfortable events that overloaded their nervous systems. When the nervous system is overloaded, the brain loses its capacity for reflective, intentional decision-making. If this occurs in childhood, when core life skills are still forming, the brain will overdevelop automatic self-regulation circuits (i.e. knee-jerk “fight or flight” reactions). This makes it more physiologically difficult for children to grow into reflective adults capable of impulse control, planning, goal-setting, and emotion regulation. Given that these skills are necessary to become functional adults in society, the pandemic may have more serious consequences than we realize - especially in 10 to 15 years.  According to the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, "extreme, ongoing stress can wreak havoc with young people’s health, behavior, and ability to develop and practice their core life skills."

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This Can Cause an Imbalance in Regulation Strategies:

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Unchecked, This Imbalance Could Result in an Entire Generation of Dysfunctional Adults Exhibiting The Following Traits:

Neglecting young children is neglecting the foundation of a healthy next generation. A community pays a huge price later… whether it be educational achievement, economic productivity, good citizenship, or the ability to parent the next generation.

 

Jack P. Shonkoff, MD

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

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How Early Childhood Experiences Affect Lifelong Health and Learning

Responsive Relationships Are Key in Building or Repairing Core Life Skills

 
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Scientists have recently determined that it takes approximately 400 repetitions to create a new synapse in the brain- unless it is done with play, in which case, it takes between 10-20 repetitions.

 

Dr. Karyn Purvis

Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development

Use Our Books & Programs to Play with Your Child & Develop a Responsive Relationship!