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How to raise happily productive kids
Dona Matthews Ph.D.
It's tempting to fit kids into categories (e.g., "autistic," "gifted") but there is more variation within each category than between categories. It's best to see each child as unique.
The secrets of raising smart kids are surprisingly simple—starting with taking good care of yourself and loving your child with all your heart. The rest really follows.
The optimal match approach works well not only for understanding and meeting gifted learning needs, but is also a more inclusive way of providing gifted education.
By being present for a grandchild, you can become a difference-maker who transforms their possibilities and future pathways.
We can benefit from infusing our understandings of baseball, teaching, and learning with Indigenous perspectives through the process of “two-eyed seeing.”
Support your child’s curiosity, confidence, resilience, and creativity, and you are doing your part for our collective survival. Here’s how to do that.
This is an inspiring book for kids aged 6 to 9 about the importance of standing up against racism. Set during the Holocaust, it's the story of a bystander who took heroic action.
As the pandemic continues its devastation, it can be hard to stay positive. Help your child through it by focusing on ways to work together to make the world a better place.
Bullied kids have more emotional and behavioral problems, and fewer friends, than others. But warm parents, close siblings, and a positive family atmosphere all have the power to lead to better outcomes.
A friendly "Hello!" can make a difference. Your child is more resilient and your parenting is better when you live in a neighborhood where social connections are valued.
Ten recommendations for being a better parent by worrying less, and enjoying yourself and your family more.
Self-control in childhood leads to improved chances for health, wealth, and happiness later. Here are eight ways parents can support a child’s self-control.
How does day care affect children's development? Researchers have identified the problems and benefits of day care quality and quantity and have recommendations for parents.
Cannabis use in adolescence is seriously problematic, with implications both for short-term and long-term harm.
Part 1 of a review series on "The Origins of You," an important new book reporting findings on the development of 4,300 children over four decades.
If your child is learning at home, help them set up a space conducive to learning. And if it just doesn’t work, here are some thoughts on coping with that.
Friends are urgently important to your teen. No wonder they find it so hard to socially distance and wear a mask. Here are 10 suggestions for helping them—and you—stay safe.
Ten suggestions to make pandemic homeschooling a time of self-discovery, creativity, and relationship-building, as well as some academic learning,
It’s a tricky moment for many families as they consider back-to-school decisions. Here’s an account of one mother’s analysis of her decision to send her kids back to school.
Here are some risk reduction factors to consider in pandemic school decision-making, and suggestions for making it through this school year as healthy and happy as possible.
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.