Logical Consequences: Helping Kids Learn from Their Mistakes

Punishment breeds resentment and retaliation. Logical consequences, when they're imposed with kindness and attention, can help kids take responsibility for their actions.

Timeouts: Good for Adults, but Not for Kids

Most adults know they shouldn’t hit, shame, yell at, or ridicule kids. Timeouts are just as bad. Here's why timeouts are good only for adults, with 13 ideas for what to do instead.

A Mindful Meditation on the Mysteries of Life, for Children

Even very young children can worry about death, birth, and change. And So It Goes is a delightful illustrated book for children who have questions about the mysteries of life.

Teen Attitude, Teen Trouble

It’s hard to parent a teenager. It's even harder to be one. Here are eleven attitudes and actions that can help make it easier for you, and might even make it easier for your kid.

Yes! A Cartoon-loaded Friendship Guide for Kids and Parents

All about making and keeping friends, with lots of liberally illustrated kid-friendly ideas, along with helpful suggestions for parents of kids from six to twelve.

Social Anxiety in Toddlers

Social confidence varies from one child to another, and across time and situations. Parents can help their kids cope with social anxiety, and enjoy social interactions.

Divorce and Autism: Familiarity, Stability, Consistency

Children with autism thrive on familiarity, stability, and consistency. In divorce, work to maintain your child's relationships in the neighbourhood, school, and family.

My Three-Year-Old Failed an Academic Test: Should I worry?

In the early years, ‘school’ should be playful exploration, confidence-building, social development, emotional self-regulation, and play-based skill mastery. NOT drill and grill.

Call Children’s Private Body Parts What They Are

Children who know the correct names for their genitals feel better about their bodies, and have an important protection against molesters.

Preschool, Nanny, Parental Care, Daycare? What’s Best?

For the most part, when parents are warm, nurturing, responsive, and engaged, their children thrive. Family life is what matters most to a young child’s development.

Adolescence: Your Parenting Work Is Not Over Yet

A parent’s job changes at a child’s adolescence. Be available while letting go. Argue. Laugh. Love the person your child really is, underneath all the identities they’re trying on.

Montessori: A Good School Choice for Smart Kids?

Montessori schools vary widely, as do individual children’s temperaments, abilities, and learning needs. Here are some criteria to consider in school decision-making.

Toddler Tantrums: Hitting, Kicking, Scratching, and Biting

Welcome your toddler’s aggression as an opportunity to fine-tune your parenting, and to teach your little one something about emotional intelligence.

A Holiday Miracle to Try at Home

At this time of year, there is magic in the air, as well as stress and worries. Here are five ways to let your heart be light.

Where Does Happiness Come from, Mommy?

Here are 7 ideas for helping your child find more smiles and laughter in their life, and experience year-round the happiness, wonder, and magic we associate with this time of year.

Helping Kids Handle Terrible Events in the News

Parents can help their kids gain resilience through times of worry if they model effective coping skills, provide reassurance, and support them in taking action.

Happily Chatty Toddlers Who Start to Stutter

Many smart toddlers develop a stuttering problem sometime between 18 months and 4 years. Usually, they grow out of it but parents can help by being patient and channeling Mr Rogers
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Thank You, Michelle Obama!

In this time of change and challenge, children need help becoming smart and creative. Thank you, Michelle Obama, for living this message so effectively.
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How Much Homework Is Too Much? How Can Parents Push Back?

The10-minute homework rule begins at age six, but younger children are being asked to do more. Parents can be effective advocates for the best long-term developmental outcomes.

Mindfulness Strategies for Anxious Children

Some children worry. Help your child become happier, calmer, and more productive with the Zorro Circle, the 20-Second Rule, or Gratitude at Bedtime.
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Is Your School Helping or Hurting Your Child’s Literacy?

Reading is key to success. Five common teaching practices that don't work; and six ways to support kids in acquiring a love of reading that encourages learning across the lifespan.
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Bedtime Checklist for Creative, Curious, Imaginative Kids

A child is happier, healthier, easier-going, and more energetic when he gets enough sleep. Here’s a 12-point checklist to ensure even active, curious kids get a good night's sleep.
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Do Exceptionally Advanced Kids Do Better in Private Schools?

Start with the local public school, and see if you can make that work. If your child doesn’t thrive there—and can’t be helped to do so—then it’s time to investigate other options.
Steven Seay, PhD

Giftedness and Social Problems

There are many reasons exceptionally capable kids can appear arrogant, perfectionistic, or impatient. Understanding and respect go a long way toward prevention and solutions.
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Help Your Child or Teenager Move Toward Happy Productivity

What can you do if your child is opting out, not achieving, not engaged? Slow things down, play outside, and say thank you, and you’ll enhance the chance for happy productivity.
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Parenting for Intelligence and Success

Welcoming obstacles as growth opportunities and helping kids own their learning, are two of 18 ways parents can help kids learn better and do better.
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What to Do If You Think Your Child Is Gifted

Instead of asking "Is my child gifted?" or "What is his IQ?" it’s better to ask, "What does my child need in order to continue learning to the best of his ability?" "Does he have areas requiring special attention?" and "What can we do to help?"
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Advocacy in Action: How to Change the World for Your Child

School doesn’t work well for every child. But by working together with others, parents can become knowledgeable about educational policies and practices, and learn to advocate effectively to get their child’s learning needs met. Here’s a 10-step action plan from Dona Matthews, PhD, and Joanne Foster, EdD.
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Keep It Simple! 3 Parenting Tips for a Healthy Life Balance

As important as intellectual, social, and physical stimulation are to a young child’s developing brain and body, they’re not enough. To thrive in childhood and grow into a happily productive adult, a child needs to find a healthy balance. Dona Matthews, Ph.D., and Joanne Foster, Ed.D., suggest three ways parents can help make that happen.
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Ten Secrets for a Happy Start to Preschool or Kindergarten

In the early years, from 2½ to 5, school should be a time for playful exploration, confidence-building, social development, learning about emotions and self-regulation, and proudly mastering new skills. Here are ten ways parents can help to ensure that all of this happens, and that the transition to school goes smoothly.

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