Tag: Autonomy

Children’s Independence – Cultivating Competence

“How can the sun always be on fire? Where does the fire come from?” asks E, my five-year-old son. “I don’t know,” I say. “Good question.” “Papa Dave will know. He’s tall so he knows everything,” asserts E. At all ages and… Read More

Homework Attitude – Promoting Autonomy and Competence to Inspire Hard Work

When it comes to homework, attitude can make all of the difference. Children can bring worries or beliefs to their homework that we, as parents, may or may not be aware of. “The other kids all know this already but I just… Read More

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… Read More