Parenting is one of the most demanding yet fulfilling experiences one can have. From a baby, a toddler, a first grader, to a teenager, parents are constantly kept on their feet to raise good and happy children.
With gamification, combining research from game design, behavior science, and motivational theories, learners get access to a powerful tool that makes parenting playful and fun, yet very effective. Children raised in such ways will become more empowered, socially apt, confident, and empathic.
This course will walk learners through the science behind children's reactions and motivations, showcase many practical examples, introduce tools that parents can apply for different situation in their interaction with children of any age.
This course is for parents, educators, and caretakers, who want to apply a scientific, yet fun way of empowering children. Learners should show curiosity for new methods for upbringing, have empathy for children, and be willing to question their own conventional wisdom.
At the end of the course parents will have a tool set that allows to empower their children in a fun and effective way.
To understand gamification, we need to learn what play is. Not only humans are playing, but animals as well.
This polar bear visited the polar station for a couple of weeks to play with the sled dogs.
In this segment I describe play, its criteria and properties in more detail.
Play is a six step process and here we go through them.
A fascinating video of dolphins blowing bubble air rings and playing with them.
Play is not without risks. I give here some examples of what risks have been observed.
What are the Play Movements and Play Types?
The joy of playing with leaf piles
Why is play a luxury?
Growing up meant creating your own games. Avoiding stepping on the cracks, imagining friends running beside the car, destroying objects in the real world, or avoiding the lava, whatever you imagined you will certainly recognize some of the games.
Finally, we learn about gamification and the design elements behind it.
We learn about the differences between extrinsic and intrinsic rewards, and how brains of different age groups react to rewards.
What does it take to avoid eating the Marshmallow and earn a second one as a reward? Why can some children delay gratification, and others not? And what effect does it have on your future life?
Why is being able to delay gratification to future success in life and work?
What is the influence that gender and controlling parents have on the tactics used to delay gratification?
What can you teach children to be able to delay gratification.
How can the cat Salome get the dog Rupert to give her some cooling in the summer heat? Salome has an idea: she tries some rewards that he cannot resist. Can he?
What is the influence on role models, absent parents, and promises of rewards delyaing gratification and to intrinsic interest?
Optimistic children are more successful!
Follow the child's lead with play and you'll find a way to direct them a little bit.
How do you get children to brush their teeth and have fun with it? Meet "Playbrush!"
Some differences in how mothers and fathers play with kids, and some roughousing rules!
Roughhousing, horse play, rough and tumble play teach children their limits, but also how to control their impulses and strengths.
What lack of play tells us about murderers and wild animals.
A panda baby getting rough housed by its mum.
Clowning is an invitation to connect!
Blowing raspberries is one of the cutest ways that baby connect with others. Clowning and teasing is a very important way to learn about humor and how to socialize.
The opportunities that teasing gives for deeper connections.
Here is what I did to get my son in a playful way into the bath tub.
Toys in your head, squirrels, and love guns
Yes, you actually may want to tell your children to do exactly what you hate most. And see the reaction...
A son who never lifts the toilet seat. How can the father solve that?
What are the game design elements for getting the boy to lift the toilet seat?
How cool is that? Iron Man meeting with a very special child to try on 3D printed bionic suits.
Is fairness something that babies are born with? Or is it socialized?
Are children born with a sense of right and wrong, or is this socialized? In this fascinating video of research done with babies, the indication seems that we are hardwired to fairness.
Children are very religious about fairness. But their concept or fairness changes with age.
The art of giving feedback!
Reactions to criticism are different for the ages, and the brain reacts in even weirder ways to it.
Competition, time pressure, and other things that can throw children off.
See here a very competitive mum turning the fun Easter egg hunt into a non-fun event.
Right! The one who's last at the tree.
MARIO HERGER is CEO and partner of Enterprise Garage Consultancy LLC, a strategic consulting company focused on innovation, Silicon-Valley-Mindset, creativity, gamification, and intrapreneurship in the enterprise. Formerly a Senior Innovation Strategist at SAP Labs in Palo Alto, California and Global Head of the Gamification Initiative at SAP, he has encountered and supported efforts on gamification, innovation, and mobile app development in the enterprise from multiple levels and departments.
He is the author of the following books: