Recently I played along with the whole Facebook Throwback Thursday thing and trotted out a very adorable pre-adolescent picture of me for everyone to “Ooh!” and “Ahh!” over. I hadn’t seen this picture in a while. There I am, all pouty with a sassy and defiant look in my eye as I sat in my time out. A friend asked me if I remember why I was in time out and I remembered that, … [Read more...] about Listening to Her Heart Instead of Your Fears
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By attuning your ears to your child’s social environment, parents can learn to listen to what a child is not saying as well as what he is saying. Keep in mind that the top three influences on your child’s behavior and feelings are family, school, and friends. If something is amiss with your child - if he acts out, becomes moody and sad, or has trouble finishing his schoolwork - … [Read more...] about The Art of Truly Listening to a Troubled Child
By the time your preschooler reaches kindergarten, he will be expected to have developed solid listening skills. Playing games with your preschooler can help to develop those skills. Since most preschoolers enjoy playing games, they likely won't even notice that -- in addition to having fun -- they are also building essential skills.Simon SaysPlaying Simon Says can help to … [Read more...] about Preschool Listening Games
Over the years, I've explained to my kids how amazing life is when you love the work you do. Ever since they were young, we'd talk about the different jobs being done around us and what would make them fun, boring or difficult etc...Just fun discussions to take note of the variety of jobs happening around us. As they got older, we'd talk more specifically about what … [Read more...] about Our Kids Hear Us, But Are They Listening?
“Mom, can I ask you something?” my son asked me this as he put away his backpack after coming home from school. “Of course”, I answer, slicing apples and spooning out peanut butter for a snack. “What’s up?” “Why does everyone think I am such a loser? How come no one likes me?” I put down the knife, look my son in the eye and tell him in NO UNCERTAIN TERMS: “You are not … [Read more...] about Mean Boys Are Just As Bad As Mean Girls