Helping Children Develop Tools for Positive Attitudes

This is part of our series of articles on how to raise happy, confident and successful children… What else can we do to help our children develop positive attitudes for life? We can teach them tools that will help them recognise that they are in control of how they feel. Using Physiology to Change HowContinue reading “Helping Children Develop Tools for Positive Attitudes”

Why Some Children Struggle with the Growth Mindset

Carol Dweck’s work on mindsets was introduced to me when my first son was about 18 months old and I have been passionate about it ever since because it really resonated with me. Growing up, I was labelled a “smart kid” and yet I never felt smart. Most of the time, I felt the fraud because being smartContinue reading “Why Some Children Struggle with the Growth Mindset”

Life Lessons for Children: The Power of Believing

This is part of a series of lessons that we try to teach the children about living life with a positive outlook and having strength of character. For as much as we believe in honing our children’s skills and abilities, it is becoming evident that these are nothing if the mind is weak. “The mind is everything. WhatContinue reading “Life Lessons for Children: The Power of Believing”

Neuro-Dramatic-Play for Empathy and Anger Management

We have heard about the power of play and how vital it is for our children’s development and we have seen how drama classes can be an extension of that, providing its own benefits toward healthy child development. So when Drama and Play Therapist, Dr Sue Jennings came to our school to talk about Neuro-Dramatic-Play and how it canContinue reading “Neuro-Dramatic-Play for Empathy and Anger Management”

Life Lessons for Children: Learning from Failure

There are many lessons in life I would love to teach my children. Sometimes I don’t have the words to express them adequately so when I see videos like these, I try to save them so I can share them with my children and hope that they will take away the positive messages that they teach…Continue reading “Life Lessons for Children: Learning from Failure”

Activities: Camp Valour – 9 to 13 June 2015

Introducing Camp Valour Brought to you by Yuber Sports Camp Valour is a 5 day sports leadership camp designed in collaboration with the world’s no. 1 youth training provider, Seeds Training to help young individuals maximise their mind-body potential. The foundation of the program is drawn from brain-based research and the discipline of positive psychology whichContinue reading “Activities: Camp Valour – 9 to 13 June 2015”

The Value of Being Humble – Teaching Humility to Children

For 2015, my goal as a parent is to focus even more on the character development of my boys. One particular value I have been thinking about lately is humility. At first glance, humility probably doesn’t sound like a significant value but what I’m talking about is not false modesty or a pretense of being humble, but the true essenceContinue reading “The Value of Being Humble – Teaching Humility to Children”

2015 Reflections on Education and Child Development

It’s the start of a brand new year and the perfect time to reflect upon resolutions for 2015 – although these thoughts on child development and education that have been on my mind for a while now… The hope is that writing about them might help me get some clarity… As my eldest boy approaches the end of early childhoodContinue reading “2015 Reflections on Education and Child Development”

Raising Conscientious Children that are Open to Experience

A recent article, Two Personal Qualities More Vital To Success Than IQ That Most People Don’t Know, stated that: “being open to experience and conscientious is four times more important than intelligence in predicting academic success.” Conscientiousness and being open to experience are personality traits. They are part of the big five personality traits and if you’ve ever read anything about personality traits,Continue reading “Raising Conscientious Children that are Open to Experience”

Children Praised for Being Smart Do Poorly at School

I have written about Carol Dweck’s work, growth mindsets and grit in previous posts, but I felt a need to revisit this topic after a recent event. G1 was a precocious child and he often invited a lot “smart” praise. The biggest offenders were relatives who would praise him just for breathing. During a recent encounter when G1 wasContinue reading “Children Praised for Being Smart Do Poorly at School”