Tag: Active listening

Halloween Party Cooperative Games for Home or Classroom

Perhaps you volunteer in your child’s classroom as I do and are helping plan the annual Halloween party. Maybe you are a teacher looking for ways to both entertain, celebrate, and build skills on the holiday. Or you could be planning a costume party for family and friends. Whatever your role or goal, the following …

Coaching – A Tool for Raising Confident Kids

Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. – Roger Lewin Coaching can be a powerful way to help our children become more self-aware, understanding their thoughts and feelings and how they impact their behavior choices. It can also give them valuable practice in problem-solving and responsible decision making. Similar …

Secrets of the Language of Love

The coming of Valentine’s Day seemed an ideal time to write about one of the greatest, most enduring loves that has ever existed. No, I am not writing about Romeo and Juliet. This is about our love for our children and how we express it. There are moments in our lives when we feel like …

Elements of a Confident Kid… Negotiation

– a formal discussion between people who are trying to reach an agreement. 1 About negotiation: Children begin to develop some of the foundational skills for effective negotiation early. Typically, they are able to articulate a compelling, heart-felt argument as to why they should be the one to receive one more cookie. They are practicing …

Say What?

When you really listen to another person from their point of view, and reflect back to them that understanding, it’s like giving them emotional oxygen. – Stephen Covey Most parents, particularly with young children, may feel like they are listening all day long. Because children are exploring the world around them, they may have many …