Elements of a Confident Kid… Saying “No!”

/no/ – used to give a negative answer or reply to a question, request, or offer 1 About Children and the Evolution of “No.” If your child was anything like mine between the ages of two and three, “No! No! No!” was a favorite and often used word. For the most part, while children are …

Persistence through Life’s Adventures

Our bravest and best lessons are not learned through success, but through misadventure. – Amos Bronson Alcott “The driveway is too bumpy.” “I hate wearing bike helmets!” and “I don’t want to ride with training wheels” are all of the “reasons” my son vehemently cites for not learning to ride a bike when his friends …

Elements of a Confident Kid… Skilled Communicator

/ke myu ne kate/ to get someone to understand your thoughts and feelings1 A confident kid is also a skilled communicator. Being able to communicate effectively with others can determine a child’s ability to successfully pursue friendships, school assignments, career goals and family relationships. Certainly communication is learned through modeling – by watching others at home …

Element of a Confident Kid… Brainstormer

/brain storm/ : an idea that someone thinks of suddenly A brainstormer sees differences, complexities and multiple perspectives. She finds many sides to any issue, not one or two. It is no accident that as children become more adept at taking other’s perspectives, they also begin to think in greater abstractions and less in literal terms. …

Raising Culturally Aware Children; An Interview with Louise Gomer Bangel

As we grow in awareness of one another – whether two people beginning a romance or two disparate and far-removed strangers taking an interest in the other’s culture – a wonderful thing begins to happen: we begin to care for the other as if the other is part of us. This is the magic of …

Emotional Honesty

…When I want sincerity tell me where else can I turn? Because you’re the one I depend upon. – Honesty by Billy Joel1  “I’m fine. Really. Fine.” From that statement, are you convinced that I’m fine? Even without hearing the tone of my voice, there’s a clear subtext. “I’m not fine. I can’t bring myself …

Language that Promotes Self-Discipline and Responsibility

I think of discipline as the continual everyday process of helping a child learn self-discipline. – Fred Rogers School has begun. After a few weeks pass, the excitement seems to wear off. Jumping out of bed may change to dawdling. After all, learning is hard work and attention to rules, the following of routines and …

Reader Question and Answer about Games to Support Development

One reader, Michele Rammien, wrote in with a great question that I thought would be helpful to many readers so am putting her question and my response into a post. Michele wrote: I love these emails! They have been informative & helpful. I may have missed it somewhere but do you have suggestions of games …

What’s in a Name? Teaching Children the Art of Introductions

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their right names. – Chinese Proverb It’s been said that the sound of our own name can be magical. It’s often true and particularly so for a child. I remember the principal saying “Hello Jenny.” to me in the school hallway. And I was in awe. …

Easing the Transition Back to School

I’m gonna hold onto this couch and never let go! – E. Miller, Age 6 It’s the morning after our summer vacation at the lake. E awoke and said he had had a nightmare. “My school became a haunted village. A ghost dragged me around the grounds. And all of my school friends were at …

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