Introducing… Elements of a Confident Kid

Dear Readers, In addition to my weekly article containing research and strategies on promoting social and emotional skills in busy family life, I will be adding a weekly series entitled “Elements of a Confident Kid.” To date, researchers do not agree on a single definition of confidence but we certainly know what it looks like when …

New Parent Supports – Coaching and Webinar

This week, I am launching a parent coaching service intended for busy, caring parents who know they could be more effective with their children with a little support. With some goal setting, guidance and simple strategies, parents can more easily teach skills in self-awareness, self-control, empathy, communication and responsible decision making. You can learn to …

Thank you, CASEL!

Thank you, CASEL for recognizing Confident Parents, Confident Kids blog-iversary in your national e-newsletter. We appreciate your support! For the latest information on what’s happening nationally and internationally with social and emotional learning in schools in research, policy and practice, learn more on the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning website.

Happy One Year Blog-iversary

In recognizing this milestone of one year of Confident Parents, Confident Kids, I want to thank all of those who have contributed to making this blog a success! Thank you most especially to my editor extraordinaire, Linda Smith (known to me as Mom and an incredibly skilled and diplomatic editor) for her weekly partnership. Thank …

The Comeback Kid

There is nothing as sweet as a comeback, when you are down and out, about to lose, and out of time. – Anne Lamott Rewarding but challenging, comebacks can be difficult to come by when you are in a conflict situation. The following comeback formula can be a powerful retort with great grandmas, in-laws, dads, …

Strategies for Teaching Self-Control

“I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline.” – Fred Rogers The responders to the question “How do you teach children self-control?” provided lots of rich ideas. In addition to theirs, I have added some ways you can teach your children self-control in your day-to-day life. I’ve separated …

Readers’ Responses to “How do you teach your children self-control?”

Lots of pretend play! If they pretend to be someone with self-control (like a mom in a long line at the grocery store)….they are practicing having self-control! – Shannon B. Wanless, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Program of Applied Developmental Psychology, Department of Psychology in Education, School of Education, University of Pittsburgh I make my kids save and …

On “What’s Hot” Radio Show

Confident Parents, Confident Kids was featured yesterday on the radio talk show What’s Hot on Cincinnati’s 55-KRC. The feature is ten minutes long. Skip the first five minutes to get right to it! Check out the podcast. //

Top Ten Reasons for Parents to Proactively Teach Social and Emotional Skills

We now understand that higher-level thinking is more likely to occur in the brain of a student who is emotionally secure than in the brain of a student who is scared, upset, anxious, or stressed. ― Mawhinney and Sagan These top ten reasons are based upon solid research conducted in schools across the country with children …

HOW do you teach kids social and emotional skills?

Every function in the child’s cultural development appears twice: first, on the social level, and later, on the individual level; first, between people and then inside the child. –          Lev Vygotsky, 1978 What did Nelson Mandela’s Mom do right? How about Mother Theresa’s Mom? I have wondered how the parents of indisputably admirable people who …

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