Life provides turning points of many kinds, but the most powerful of all may be character-revealing moments.
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How to raise happily productive kids
Dona Matthews Ph.D.
You can help your child change a habit of negativity into a positive attitude that leads to resourcefulness and resilience.
Brain research findings show the best way to respond to annoying or foolish behavior is by treating it as a learning opportunity for you and your child.
From 11-14, everything is volatile and many parents worry. Is your child just experiencing a painful but normal transition into adulthood? Or not? How can you support resilience?
Anger, punishment, and consequences just make bad behavior worse. By being fully present to your child’s feelings—no matter what they are—you can help them do better next time.
Some kids are born calmer, and some more difficult, but behavior is not all hard-wired. How parents react to their kids’ temperament has an impact on their attitudes and behavior.
Parents who believe that integrity matters, and want their children to be honest and trustworthy, have an uphill battle in this era of “alternative facts.”
It can be alarming when your child expresses concerns about mortality, but death worries are common between the ages of 4 and 8. Take the fears seriously, and be calmly reassuring.
A holiday collection of 25 simple ideas for being mindful, so you can feel the joy of the season, spend less, share fully in your child's enthusiasm, and reduce your stress.
Negativity can be a healthy assertion of individuality. Here are 12 ideas to support young kids’ developing independence while moving them toward a more cooperative attitude.
New research shows that things can go wrong in children’s development when parents are distracted and non-responsive.
Technology is implicated in rapidly rising rates of anxiety, depression, and suicide in children and adolescents. Mindful parenting approaches can help your kids be resilient.
Punishment breeds resentment and retaliation. Logical consequences, when they're imposed with kindness and attention, can help kids take responsibility for their actions.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Children with autism thrive on familiarity, stability, and consistency. In divorce, work to maintain your child's relationships in the neighbourhood, school, and family.
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.
Children who know the correct names for their genitals feel better about their bodies, and have an important protection against molesters.
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.
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 schools vary widely, as do individual children’s temperaments, abilities, and learning needs. Here are some criteria to consider in school decision-making.
Welcome your toddler’s aggression as an opportunity to fine-tune your parenting, and to teach your little one something about emotional intelligence.
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.
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.
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.
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
In this time of change and challenge, children need help becoming smart and creative. Thank you, Michelle Obama, for living this message so effectively.
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.