Behavior

Teach your child not to interrupt in one simple step

Mom, mom, mom… How many times did you child try to ask you something when you were talking to someone? I bet, many! How to teach children to wait and not interrupt, but to show them that you know that they want to ask something? We loved the article by Kate Gribble on www.aneverydaystory.com about how to teach [...]

Public Tantrum: Common Mistakes Before, During and Afterwards.

The dreaded.  The terrifying.  The embarrassing.  The ear-splitting.  The Public Tantrum.  The king of all tantrums. I am happy to say that I haven’t had a lot of those.  Yet, two days ago, I’ve got the biggest one I’ve ever faced: my usually calm and cheerful five year old, after a terrific day and an [...]

Pink vs. Blue, or How Convention Defeated Mom

I consider myself a very lucky parent, because my children in my opinion are very easy going. There is very little drama when it comes to my kids’ daily life (except maybe when it’s meal time, but that is a whole different story). When it comes to clothes, I’ve heard and sympathized with a friend [...]

Kids and power struggles. Parents’ resources.

There are two new books that were recommended for raising spirited, strong willed children or just learning the skill of avoiding/resolving power struggles by using positive methods instead of shame and punishment: Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline: The 7 Basic Skills for Turning Conflict into Cooperation, by Becky A. Bailey. Raising Your Spirited Child [...]

I hate the word “NO”!

I do. I really hate to say the word “NO!” Yet I don’t believe in anarchy – saying “yes” all the time is just as troublesome. Or even dangerous! How do you say yes to a kid, who is about to run over a busy intersection? How do you say “yes” to a toddler who [...]

Learning from Mistakes Only Works After Age 12, Study Suggests

Now there is a scientific evidence, that concentrating on positive feedback with our little ones works better then pointing out their mistakes! Eight-year-old children have a radically different learning strategy from twelve-year-olds and adults. Eight-year-olds learn primarily from positive feedback (‘Well done!’), whereas negative feedback (‘Got it wrong this time’) scarcely causes any alarm bells [...]