The Parable of the Carrots, Eggs, and Coffee

A good lesson to teach our children: There is an old parable about a boy who was so discouraged with failing in school he told his grandfather he wanted to quit. His grandfather filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to a boil. In the first,Continue reading “The Parable of the Carrots, Eggs, and Coffee”

Life Lessons: Inspiring Our Children to be Great

Since I started my little project of sending Gavin to as many different trial classes as possible, I have to confess my enthusiasm has waned considerably from the time that I conceived the idea. Despite how simple it sounds, the endeavour has been far more exhausting than I had envisaged. Spending the day at homeContinue reading “Life Lessons: Inspiring Our Children to be Great”

Value Tales: Teaching Your Child About Famous Historical Figures

I’ve been on the hunt again for the old series of Value Tales. My original intention for finding these books was to use them to help me teach Gavin about values, morals and ethics. Since then, we’ve managed to find several other book series that help to meet the same end: Help Me Be GoodContinue reading “Value Tales: Teaching Your Child About Famous Historical Figures”

Recommended Reading List for Life Lessons: The Berenstain Bears

I was looking for some new books for Gavin when I stumbled across the Berenstain Bears series by Stan and Jan Berenstain which I thought looked pretty good. Since I haven’t actually read them, I can’t really say if they really are good, but I have two books on order – Berenstain Bears visit theContinue reading “Recommended Reading List for Life Lessons: The Berenstain Bears”

Lessons for Your Child: Being Wrong can be Good

About a month back, I wrote a blog post about Sir Ken Robinson’s talk on TED about schools destroying our children’s creativity and I posed the question: “What’s to be done about it?” One answer was to homeschool. Another answer was to focus on right brain education. Recently, I have been pondering on something elseContinue reading “Lessons for Your Child: Being Wrong can be Good”

Adversity Quotient – Why Your Child Needs to Lose Sometimes

An adversity quotient is a score that measures the ability of a person to deal with adversities in his or her life. It is commonly known as the science of resilience. – Wikipedia There is an interesting article in the New Asia Republic about Amy Chuah’s new book that I would like to draw yourContinue reading “Adversity Quotient – Why Your Child Needs to Lose Sometimes”

Tools of the Mind – Creating a Play Plan

Tools of the Mind helps a child develop “executive function” in the prefrontal cortex. It helps a child plan, predict, control impulses, persist through trouble, and orchestrate thoughts to fulfill a goal. Children learn how to avoid distraction, and become self-organised and self-directed. I first heard about Tools of the Mind when I read the bookContinue reading “Tools of the Mind – Creating a Play Plan”

Character Development: More Books…

Code Road Raising a compassionate, caring and moral child has always been one of my priorities as a parent.  With Gavin becoming more “aware”, I had been scouring the bookshelves for books on character development in the hopes that reading and learning about morals and values could help him pick up a few himself. Recently,Continue reading “Character Development: More Books…”

Book Review: Teaching Your Children Values

I mentioned some time back that I was looking for books to help teach values to a child.  Since then I found a series by Joy Berry that I thought was pretty good.  In fact, I think Joy Berry has written a great series of books that not only help to teach children values, butContinue reading “Book Review: Teaching Your Children Values”

Child Development: No TV for Kids Under Two?

It was formerly a recommendation by professionals that children under the age of two should not watch any TV because it is believed to delay development.  What was previously a recommendation has become a mandate.  The AAP (American Academy of Paediatrics) have stepped up their recommendation and now warns parents against allowing their under twosContinue reading “Child Development: No TV for Kids Under Two?”