The Importance of Art in Child Development

Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learn more about the developmental benefits of art.

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Here is another article that deviates from one of our typical selections. But with over 12,000 reads, we thought this would be popular with our readership.


The focus – the importance of art in developing children’s skills. Read on to learn how art can help develop motor skills, language delevlopment, and even decision making ability.

Why We Really Put Our Kids in Sports

Our goodhearted support prioritizes athleticism more than we think.

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We often share articles about what parents and educators should do to support children. This time we picked an article with a different approach.  Instead of tips for how we should act to support them, this piece reflects on our bad habits.  We all like to live through our children, that’s part of life. But many of us go too far.

20 Strategies for Motivating Reluctant Learners

Understanding what a child’s brain needs is central to instruction.

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Let’s face it, no one likes a boring classroom.  So as educators, what can we do to improve the experience for our younger students, and at the same time, ensure they are optimizing their learning potential?


It starts by recognizing that kid’s attention spans are not very long, and at a minimum, we must recognize that children need to be engaged to learn.


These tips from long-time educator Kathy Perez provide  wonderful strategies you can try in the classroom.

7 Ways to Keep Your Best Employees

What are you doing to encourage creative innovation?

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Employee compensation and related costs represent the biggest chunck of expenses for most companies. It is also true that hiring new employees can be quite expensive, both in terms of money and time.  Putting aside the obvious costs of recruitment and training, the damage associated with hiring the “wrong” employee can be catastrophic.


So what can you do to ensure you retain your most talented managers and employees?  Here are 7 tips that should help!

Sing a Song of Good Cheer: The Trophy-Worthy (KOTAW) Gang is Here!

Roll out the barrel, we’ll have a barrel of fun

Roll out the barrel, we’ve got the blues on the run

Zing boom tararrel, ring out a song of good cheer

Now’s the time to roll the barrel, for the gang’s all here

“Beer Barrel Polka,” composed by Jaromír Vejvoda

Katherine Kotaw was nominated for a Trophy Central Show Us Your Sue award last June so you might wonder why it took us 8 months to include her among our recipients.

Well, we were waiting for the rest of the gang – the KOTAW Girl Gang – to arrive. Now that they’re here – and five more nominations have rolled in – we’re ready to put on our dancing shoes and stomp out a polka in celebration.

As it turns out – and many of you may know by now – Katherine, founder of KOTAW, a Los Angeles brand storytelling firm, leads a female gang that includes her daughters, Bri and Kelsey, pit bull Ivy, poodle doodle LuLU and a kitten-cat named Doosis.

So we’re glad we waited to hand out this trophy. Because what’s better than honoring a single nominee? Honoring a gang of them.

The only problem with waiting is that it was hard to fit the various accolades on the engraved portion of the custom engraved‬ trophy we made for the females who work and play at KOTAW Content Marketing. But we gave it our best shot, and here’s what we came up with:

The KOTAW Girl Gang
Excellence in Bravery, Determination, Creativity, Kindness & Pit Bull Advocacy

KOTAW Girl Gang award for bravery, determination, creativity, kindness and pit bull advocacy

We congratulate the KOTAW Girl Gang and thank those who nominated them:

The Trophy Central Show Us Your Sue award, also called the Random Acts of Trophy-ness award, was inspired by the fictional Sue Heck from The Middle. Sue Heck is our muse. We love her can-do spirit and the fact that she never, EVER gives up! Sue Heck may not be a “winner” in the traditional trophy-giving sphere (athleticism or artistic talent for example) but she makes the world a better place, just by being the awesome person she is. And that is what makes a true winner in our eyes.

We think Katherine, Bri, Kelsey, Ivy, LuLU and Doosis are KOTAWesome! And, if you read about their passion to rebrand pit bulls as sweet and loving or their courageous triumph over domestic violence, we think you’ll agree.

Let’s keep the barrel rolling! Nominate your favorite everyday hero for a Trophy Central Random Act of Trophy-ness award today!

Why It’s Harmful to Reward Children for Everything

“In some cases, children are offered rewards not only for mundane tasks like tooth-brushing, but also for what social scientists call pro-social behavior…”

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You might be surprised that a trophy company would share this article with you.  After all, we are in the business of selling trophies and awards. This doesn’t mean, though, that we view over-rewarding children as a good thing.


In fact, we very much believe that every situation is different, particularly as kids get older, and that children should not be rewarded for good behavior, except for things beyond the norm.


According to this author, “Children come to expect a reward for good behavior and are hesitant to ‘give it away for free’…”.

Hyatt Named to 2016 FORTUNE “100 Best Companies To Work For®” List for Third Consecutive Year

Hyatt Newsroom

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Have you ever wondered why a company is named one of the 100 Best Places to work?  A good answer might come from examaning some past winners, such as Hyatt.


The following article from Hyatt shares their views on the top 10 reasons “to love working at Hyatt” and should provide inspriation for those looking to provide a positive work experience for their employees.  In turn, a positive employee base and culture is sure to translate to a great customer experience.

Companies Need To Start Showing Millennials Some Love

What might have worked for the Boomers or for Gen X may fall flat with the millennial cohort.Millennials are particularly sensitive to recognition, as only 40 per cent of millennials are happy with the rewards and recognition their company offers.

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“What might have worked for the Boomers or for Gen X may fall flat with the millennial cohort”, according to Sheryl Boswell in a recent Huffington Post blog.


So what are millennials looking for in terms of rewards and recognition?  Does money do the trick? The answers might surprise you.

5 Ways to Create a More WorkHuman Workplace!

Okay, what the hell is WorkHuman? I get asked that a lot as I talk about it. WorkHuman was a concept started by Globoforce, a recognition and rewards technology solution for your employees.

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Sure, money is an important motivator for many employees.  But employees place varying values on different forms of recognition.  While some might crave a salary increase or bonus, others might be more motivated by additional time off.  Still others might respond best to praise.


Importantly, and hopefully not surprisingly, managers should recognize and motivate employees in more than one way.


Here are five firms of motivation that all mangers should consider.