The Shark in a Tank Story, Back to School Stress Management, Kitchen Life Transformation (#27)

Share this: 

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Email
Reddit
Print

Parenting with confidence comes from knowledge. We have been committed to supporting parents through every step of the parenting journey -from those big life decisions to the memory-making moments.

Here is this week’s “Monday Mashup”, a quick list of what we are finding useful. If you enjoy it, please feel free to forward it to friends.

Check Out This Story

During a research experiment a marine biologist placed a shark into a large holding tank and then released several small bait fish into the tank.
As you would expect, the shark quickly swam around the tank, attacked and ate the smaller fish.

The marine biologist then inserted a strong piece of clear fiberglass into the tank, creating two separate partitions. She then put the shark on one side of the fiberglass and a new set of bait fish on the other.

Again, the shark quickly attacked. This time, however, the shark slammed into the fiberglass divider and bounced off. Undeterred, the shark kept repeating this behavior every few minutes to no avail. Meanwhile, the bait fish swam around unharmed in the second partition. Eventually, about an hour into the experiment, the shark gave up.

This experiment was repeated several dozen times over the next few weeks. Each time, the shark got less aggressive and made fewer attempts to attack the bait fish, until eventually the shark got tired of hitting the fiberglass divider and simply stopped attacking altogether.

The marine biologist then removed the fiberglass divider, but the shark didn’t attack. The shark was trained to believe a barrier existed between it and the bait fish, so the bait fish swam wherever they wished, free from harm.

The Moral:

“Many of us, after experiencing setbacks and failures, emotionally give up and stop trying. Like the shark in the story, we believe that because we were unsuccessful in the past, we will always be unsuccessful. In other words, we continue to see a barrier in our heads, even when no ‘real’ barrier exists between where we are and we want to go.”

This Week’s Article

Managing Stress During the Back-to-School Transition

The back-to-school season can be a stressful time for both parents and kids. Any new transition can bring about changes in routines and schedules that leave us feeling discombobulated and overwhelmed. The transition back to in-person school can add a new layer of challenges for parents. As you work to manage your own stress and lengthy to-do list, you might also need to help soothe any anxieties your child might have about returning to school. Read more.

Helper of the Week

Kitchen Life Transformation, Making meal planning simple & sustainable for even the busiest moms. Kare helps busy moms get back the time, energy, and brain power they normally spend on worrying about what’s for dinner by teaching them how to make meal planning quick, easy, and sustainable.

And, as always, please give us feedback on Twitter. Which topic above is your favorite? What do you want more or less of? Other suggestions? Please let us know. Just send a tweet to @themonkeymashup and put #themondaymashup at the end so we can find it.

Have a wonderful week, all.

Much love to you and your family,

The Monkey Mashup Staff

This post is brought to you by The Monday Mashup, our very own parenting newsletter that every Monday features a highlight of cool things we’ve found this week, including parenting apps, books, quotes, articles, TV shows, new hacks or tricks – and other helpful stuff we’ve gathered.  

It’s free, it’s always going to be useful, and you can subscribe now at themonkeymashup.com/join-our-mailing-list/.

What was your favorite topic from this post? Please let us know in the comments.   

SEE BELOW FOR LINKS AND NOTES…

Connect with Kitchen Life Transformation:   

     Profile | Website

Join our mailing list to receive The Monday Mashup with parenting tools, tips and resources directly from our staff:

Popular Posts