Reading Apps: The Berenstain Bears

We have some books on the Berenstain Bears that I bought for Aristotle some time back as part of his character development lessons so I’ve always liked this series. Recently, there was a promo on an app for the Berenstain Bears Book Collection 1 so I got it for Hercules. He loved it so much I amContinue reading “Reading Apps: The Berenstain Bears”

Learning Through Experience: How do you Teach Your Child to Put Others Before Himself?

Some time back, I wrote about wanting to raise children who are happy, confident and successful. On the Figur8 home page, this brief statement was extrapolated to express what we hope to achieve in raising our children. Since reading “The Parents We Mean to Be” by Richard Weissbourd, I have realised that there needs to beContinue reading “Learning Through Experience: How do you Teach Your Child to Put Others Before Himself?”

Education of the Heart – on Raising “Good” Kids

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.” – Dalai Lama After devoting much time and attention to the growth and development of my boys, I confess that it still feels like a punch in the gut whenever I see them behaving poorly. Probably worst still is whenContinue reading “Education of the Heart – on Raising “Good” Kids”

Parenting: Dealing with Child Behaviour, Child Motivation, and Negative Character Traits

This post is going to be a bit of a mishmash of ideas that are interrelated in some way. Every now and then I get these lines of thoughts that spiral out into different directions and I like to explore them. Writing helps me to do that and so here it is… A week ago,Continue reading “Parenting: Dealing with Child Behaviour, Child Motivation, and Negative Character Traits”

Parenting: Raising Emotionally Strong Boys

I’ve always had a problem with the idea of “boys don’t cry“. There is this misconception that if we allow them to cry and express their feelings, they’ll be “sissies”. But there is a danger with this approach to handling boys. In fact, there is more and more evidence supporting the fact that rather thanContinue reading “Parenting: Raising Emotionally Strong Boys”

Character Development: Raising the Visionary, the Trail Blazer, the Pioneer

“Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” – Saint Augustine There is a story I like to tell… It’s a rock climbing one but it’s a true one and it goes like this: At the rock climbing gym I used to go to,Continue reading “Character Development: Raising the Visionary, the Trail Blazer, the Pioneer”

Mindset Lessons from Star Wars

Star Wars is one of Aristotle’s favourite shows. I love it because the “way of the Jedi” offers so many terrific teaching opportunities on developing the growth mindset and character development. Take, for example, the following dialogue between Luke Skywalker (our hero) and Yoda (his master)… Luke Skywalker: Master, moving stones around is one thing.Continue reading “Mindset Lessons from Star Wars”

Parenting: Changing Your Child’s Mindset from Fixed to Growth

I’m concerned about Aristotle. Actually, I’ve been concerned for a long time now and the older Aristotle grows, the more I have observed that increases my concern. Despite all my best efforts to negate the problem, it seems like nothing I’ve done has had any effect. So what’s the problem? Fixed Mindset or Growth Mindset?Continue reading “Parenting: Changing Your Child’s Mindset from Fixed to Growth”

How Do You Teach Your Child that it is Okay to be Wrong?

I am perturbed… Recently, Daddy suggested I give Hercules a canvas and let him create something with it. Aristotle’s early abstract pieces adorn our walls but Hercules has yet to have a canvas with his name on it. So it was time to correct this oversight… Unfortunately, I had one canvas and one easel but twoContinue reading “How Do You Teach Your Child that it is Okay to be Wrong?”