Being a successful parent begins with one of the hardest aspects of being a parent, which is getting a child to listen to the person that is caring for them. A few simple tips will increase the communication levels without causing any excess amounts of stress or uncomfortableness for either the parent or the child. Continue reading
It is never too early to teach children the basics of emotional intelligence, and once they begin to recognize their own feelings, empathize with others, and manage conflict effectively, they are well on their way to creating a healthy social life.
The specifics of setting boundaries will vary from parent to parent and from child to child. The maturity of the child and the value system of the family will influence what the boundaries are. There are some guiding principles, though, that can help parents determine where the boundaries should be. Continue reading
When a teen-aged boy vents a lot of anger towards his mother, or uses abusive language with her, it can be seen as a desperate attempt on his part to create some space for himself. He simply needs more room to breathe. This isn’t meant to suggest that parents should condone that sort of behavior. But we can better understand why our kids are acting out if we’re able to see how it fulfills an inner need. Continue reading
What if you saw your children differently? Would it affect how your treat them?
What if you saw your child for who she is rather than who you want her to be?
What if you saw your child as being in the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing, right now? Continue reading
“Just wait until they’re teenagers!” is a phrase often uttered by parents, usually with some degree of dread. People often talk about “having teenagers” like it’s the worst thing that can happen to a person, akin to “having the plague.” The good news is that no one is going to just drop a teenager off at your doorstep one day, complete with a bad attitude and the music you hate. Your teenager is still your child, your helpless newborn whose toes you counted and kissed the day they were born. Continue reading
The stage in which children are no longer babies, but are not yet teens, is one of great developmental strides in cognitive ability. Children also experience a gradual yet dramatic increase in maturity and independence during these years. Continue reading
For parents, those first sleepless days with a newborn are a whirlwind of crying, nursing, and diaper changes. For the newborn, however, this is a time of utmost importance when it comes to growth and learning. From birth to 3 years old, children learn the basics of their world through experiences that set the foundation for the rest of their lives. Continue reading
True confidence is a feeling of inner security. Confident people do not feel the need to compare themselves to others or to belittle the accomplishments of anyone else. Raise children with secure confidence tempered by humbleness, and they will be well-adjusted adults. Continue reading
Science writer Annie Murphy Paul talks through new research that shows how much we learn in the womb — from the lilt of our native language to our soon-to-be-favorite foods. Continue reading
We want our children to be creative thinkers and share their ideas. Yet, we don’t always applaud when they publicly state opinions about school rules or challenge a teacher’s grading system. We want our teens to start thinking for themselves, but we often chastise them when those thoughts reveal beliefs that are contrary to our family morals or societal norms. Continue reading
At a recent Ted Global Talk, Alison Gopnik, a professor of psychology and philosophy, takes us into the fascinating minds of babies and children, and shows us how much we understand before we even realize we do. Continue reading