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How To Teach Your Children To Be Happy

How To Teach Your Children To Be Happy

As parents, all we want for our children is for them to grow up happy. Compared to this one ultimate goal, others pale into insignificance. It doesn’t matter if your child has a school career festooned with string of A* exam grades and is set for a braggable future career, if they’re not happy. That […]

Teach Your Kids the Satisfaction of Wanting

Teach Your Kids the Satisfaction of Wanting

Technology these days is incredible, isn’t it? We have access to just about anything right at our fingertips and can possess it the next day if we’re willing to pay a few extra dollars. Instant (almost) gratification. While there are myriad reasons this is fantastic, handy, and fun, what happens to the joy of wanting? Even as adults […]

How to Teach Kids the Subtle Art of Graciousness

How to Teach Kids the Subtle Art of Graciousness

  To teach acceptance of kind words is to teach self-confidence without boastfulness. Your reception of such acknowledgments reflects your core beliefs about yourself. In an effort to improve both manners and self-esteem, here are five easy tips to practice when accepting a compliment: Say “thank you” It may seem silly, but this might be […]

Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults

Kids Who Do Chores Are More Successful Adults

  Want your kids to grow up to be successful? Make them do chores. When they balk (and trust me: they will probably balk), you can tell them that scientific research supports you. It sounds great, and it’s true–but there is a catch. (We’ll get to that in a minute.) For now, the science. In […]

Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

Things Your Kids Should Be Doing Instead of Homework

There are many aspects of my more than decade-long career as a teacher that I’m proud of. My reputation for giving lots and lots of homework is not one of them. For most of my teaching career, I taught fifth or sixth grade. Sometimes I gave more than two hours of homework. Kids complained a lot, […]

How To Raise Kids Who Love To Write

How To Raise Kids Who Love To Write

Among my favorite moments as a parent is when I see my children become completely absorbed in activities they love. I often notice my 15-year-old daughter engrossed in writing. At times, I can stand in her doorway for several minutes watching as she is caught up in the flow of her thoughts, entirely unaware of […]

Questions To Ask Your Kid Instead of “How Was Your Day?”

Questions To Ask Your Kid Instead of “How Was Your Day?”

When I picked my son up from his first day of 4th grade, my usual (enthusiastically delivered) question of “how was your day?” was met with his usual (indifferently delivered) “fine.” Come on! It’s the first day, for crying out loud! Give me something to work with, would you, kid? The second day, my same […]

10 Ways To Foster A Love Of Learning

10 Ways To Foster A Love Of Learning

I grew up in a house with bookshelves in every room and was raised by a mother who dedicated countless hours to encouraging my imagination, my love of reading, and my appetite for knowledge. She created in our home something I call a culture of learning, and it’s one of the best gifts my mother […]

5 Ways To Show Your Children You Appreciate Them

5 Ways To Show Your Children You Appreciate Them

Adults often reflect on their relationships with their parents as they go throughout life. Their childhood memories influence choices and attitudes. There are important ways to make your children feel appreciated and loved. Reassure them that they are your first priority So many things demand our attention throughout our days. Our children’s needs should come […]

How Kid-First Parenting Takes A Toll On Relationships

How Kid-First Parenting Takes A Toll On Relationships

  First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby and the end of the fairy tale. Relationships suffer for about two out of three couples within the first three years of having a child, according to research by the Seattle-based Gottman Institute. Most couples regularly respond to the needs of their children first, […]

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