Tag: Motivation

Holiday Helpers

Giving your Children the Chance to Contribute to One of the Busiest Times of the Year Family life is typically busy with school, extracurriculars, parents’ work demands and more. But add a series of holidays to the already busy schedule and the resulting stress can reach a fever pitch. As I compare notes with friends, …

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 …

Elements of a Confident Kid… Belief in Self

/be – lef/ : a state or habit of mind in which trust or confidence is placed in some person or thing. : a feeling of being sure that someone or something exists or that something is true.1 About a belief in self: Confident kids believe in their ability to learn and achieve whatever goal they …

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. …

The Hidden Halloween Treat

THE GHOST OF A FLOWER “You’re what?” asked the common or garden spook Of a stranger at midnight’s hour. And the shade replied with a graceful glide, “Why, I’m the ghost of a flower.” “The ghost of a flower?” said the old-time spook; “That’s a brand-new one on me; I never supposed a flower had …

Cultivating a Sense of 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. –          Conversation at our house last week At all ages and stages, kids admire and …

A Fork in the Road

  Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself… You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts.  –          Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet, 1923 Parenting in the year 2013 is a great balancing act. We know that the fear …