The COVID crisis throws into relief what happens when grief has—quite literally—nowhere to go. The evidence suggests that most people summon strengths that surpass their own expectations.
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How to raise happily productive kids
Dona Matthews Ph.D.
No matter your child’s age or race, they’re not too young for you to talk to them about diversity, inclusion, equity, and anti-racism.
It's a time of turbulence and uncertainty, but some decisions can't wait until it all settles down. Here are some ideas to help decide whether a gifted program is a good fit.
With all the unknowns right now, it’s more important than ever to start talking early with your child about what they’ll be experiencing when school resumes in the fall.
Kids feel better about themselves when they make a valuable contribution to their families. This is more important than ever now.
Relax. Let it be okay if your child isn’t doing much that looks academic. Use the time now to strengthen your connection with each other, and take back the learning.
Learning is social. If you're having a hard time with online school, it might be time to give it a rest or ease off on it. Be kind to yourself and do your best to enjoy your child.
Everyone is feeling stressed right now, including children. Simple mindfulness practices can make the difference between soothing your child, and ramping up their stress level.
This time of restriction is hard for everyone — especially for children who are old enough to need friends but are too young to have insight into their feelings.
Very few children are unaffected by the stressors of COVID-19, and most parents are at least as anxious. These ideas come from the research on orchid/spirited/difficult kids.
We're self-isolating now to keep our communities safe. When it's over, perhaps we'll do what we can to ensure the health and happiness of each of our youngest sisters and brothers.
In a one-room schoolhouse, a teacher works with 20 kids. Here are some time-tested ideas for surviving—even thriving—while juggling work and kids.
20 suggestions for helping you and your teen survive COVID-19 without damaging your relationship—and maybe even getting stronger together.
Once in a while, a book comes along that has the power to make a difference in our collective reality. Eric Klinenberg's "Palaces for the People" is one.
A review of a practical and helpful resource, "Success Strategies for Parenting Gifted Kids."
You’re a better parent when you’re kind, patient, and loving. You owe it to your child to take care of your own needs, so you can take good care of theirs.
In addition to its benefits for health and well-being, mindfulness can help you respond better to parenting challenges. Here’s a 5-step plan for getting started.
Your child needs friends if they’re going to become their happiest and best self. Here are 8 ideas if friendships are causing more problems than joy in your child’s life.
Kids need confidence to resist the dangers of peer pressure. Girls can take an especially hard hit in their confidence. Here are 12 ways to help your daughter find her strength.
Here are 10 ways to transform children's social problems, leaving them happier, more resilient, and more successful.
By actively nurturing your child’s empathy, you protect them against bullying and racism, fostering happiness and success.
Some children are naturally more empathetic than others, but all children can learn to put themselves in others’ shoes, feel their feelings, show empathy, and do the right thing.
Part 1: When you see this picture, do you care? Does it hurt? Do you want to help? The answers matter to your well-being and success in life, and to your child's.
Nine suggestions for encouraging your child’s creativity—and your own.
Help your child experience flow and all its benefits.
Positively focused creative self-expression reduces stress, increases well-being, bridges differences, and heals wounds.
Many parents mistakenly believe that private schools are better for their kids. They think their child will get a better education, and be with better-behaved and smarter kids.
It’s easier than you might think to find a good school for your child. These suggestions can help you grapple with this agonizing decision.
Homeschooling can be the answer to a family’s needs, but it doesn’t work well for everyone. Here are some factors to consider before you commit to it.
Provide healthy options, and let your child decide what, when, and how much to eat. That way, you'll be happy, and they’ll get the nutrition their growing bodies and brains need.
Are you authoritative, authoritarian, permissive, or neglectful? Here's a quiz to help you decide, and a discussion of why and how to be a more authoritative parent.