May 5th, 2010
There is a tried and true psychological principle that says, "Notice something you don’t like about your child, show some emotion, and the problem is guaranteed to get worse." Childhood swearing is a good example. Many parents react with a variety of emotions ranging from shock, to out and out adult temper tantrums complete with threats. A normal child will witness this parental display with utter fascination.
May 5th, 2010
Parents often feel a real pressure to be perfect, but there is no way to get it right all the time.In fact, those who set very high standards for their children often cause huge problems for them. You do not need to be perfect to earn your child’s love and respect – you just need to be a human being.
May 4th, 2010
Although assertiveness is an inherent skill in some children, it can be nurtured via helpful and consistent parenting. Part of being assertive is having confidence in one’s ability to make good choices. Your child should be able to stand up for what he or she believes in without alienating others. Read the second part of the two-part article on raising assertive kids.
May 3rd, 2010
Many children find themselves at the receiving end of bullies and in other distressing and confusing situations that can erode a fragile and impressionable self-concept. For most people, there seem to be two behavioral approaches - aggression and acceptance. The more effective option, however, is assertiveness. This two-part article highlights the importance of teaching the child to be assertive.
May 2nd, 2010
Parents may enmesh with children when they want control over their children and they want their children to take responsibility for them. By over-involving themselves in their children's lives, they hope to tie their children to them in such a way that their children feel guilty over their parent's pain and responsible for it.
May 1st, 2010
How we regard a child is the vital mirror with which that child's innate potential comes alive. Children who feel seen, loved and honoured are far more able to become loving parents and productive citizens later on. Child Honouring means seeing children for the creatively intelligent people they are, respecting their personhood as their own, recognizing them as essential members of the community and providing the fundamental nurturance they need in order to flourish.
May 1st, 2010
Summer holidays are around the corner and parents without travel plans this year will find themselves wondering how to ease the boredom for their kids. Here is a list of 31 things to make summer fun for all of you.
Apr 30th, 2010
Teens and pre-teens especially seem to have an “I don’t care,” or “Why bother?” attitude about school, homework and their other responsibilities, whether it be chores around the house or a part-time job. Do you find yourself asking your teen, “How will you ever make it in life if you don’t take these things seriously now?”
Apr 29th, 2010
When it comes to human children, separation anxiety is looked upon as abnormal behavior, especially if it continues past the ages of one to two years old. The roots of this misunderstanding can be traced to our fierce belief in teaching independence without the knowledge or understanding of the child’s unique temperament or what is developmentally appropriate.