“The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.” – Leonardo da Vinci “I’m never going to drive when I grow up,” my 5-year-old son, Alessio, says in his quiet, determined way. “I am,” his sister, Sienna, replies. She is three. “I’m going to drive a pink convertible, and I’m going to drive it really fast.” She is practically bouncing off the walls with glee. She is a … [Read more...] about How to Match Your Parenting Style to Your Child’s Needs
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I have a lot of younger cousins. A lot. And if watching them grow up has taught me anything, it’s that kids have the weirdest eating habits. Whether it’s just eating pizza and mac-n-cheese for every meal to chicken nuggets all day every day to snacking from morning til night, these curious consumptive customs had me worrying day and night about my own kids and their future … [Read more...] about How To NOT Make Your Kids Into Picky Eaters
“As is our confidence, so is our capacity.” - William Hazlitt Kids are over-booked, over-tested, and under-believed in. Stress affects too many children these days. According to recent research, children in the U.S. are the second unhappiest children in the world. Number one? The U.K., where 8 out of 10 children describe themselves as unhappy. The UK is also one of … [Read more...] about Are We Stressing Our Kids Out By Over-Parenting?
"Nothing makes it easier to resist temptation than a proper bringing-up, a sound set of values - and witnesses." ~ Franklin P. Jones If you haven’t heard of the Marshmallow Test, here’s how it goes: A 4 to 6 year old is given the choice to either eat a marshmallow instantly or wait and receive two marshmallows instead of one. The child is then left alone with … [Read more...] about How Do You Teach Self-Control to Your Children?
Violence among some children has become so prevalent that their parents are actually afraid that they will be attacked or killed by their own children. Violent kids can also hit their siblings, break things around the house and torture animals. Once you understand the reasons your child is violent, you can help him stop. Learning why children become violent also allows you to … [Read more...] about What Makes Children Violent?