The Difference Between Discipline and the Freedom to Learn

Some of you may be aware that I did a talk on preschool education on Saturday. I know a few parents who read this blog attended. Thank you for coming. It seems I might not have been clear on a couple of points so I wanted to clarify just in case other parents have misconstrued whatContinue reading “The Difference Between Discipline and the Freedom to Learn”

Parenting: Discipline – The Restorative Justice System

Discipline has got to be one of the hardest tasks of parenting. We want to raise moral children who can feel empathy for others. When our children behave in a way that goes against that, it is hard to manage our own emotions as we try to deal with what they’ve done. I say “we” but perhaps IContinue reading “Parenting: Discipline – The Restorative Justice System”

6 Tips for Raising Moral Children

There is a very interesting article published in the New York Times recently on “Raising a Moral Child” which I wanted to highlight because raising a moral child is the top priority for most parents – myself included. What I found to be most alarming is that many families are failing to raise children with theContinue reading “6 Tips for Raising Moral Children”

What Your Child Really Needs to be Successful in Life

What’s the real key to success? According to Angela Lee Duckworth, the answer is “grit”. Who is successful and why? In all her research, the answer kept coming back to one quality – grit. I started studying kids and adults in all kinds of super challenging settings, and in every study my question was, whoContinue reading “What Your Child Really Needs to be Successful in Life”

Parenting and Disciplining the Spontaneous Child

Being a parent will teach you this powerful message: Never say “never”. I broke my cardinal rule of discipline – I smacked Hercules. I felt sick to my gut when I did it but I am at a loss as to how to deal with this boy… You would think he would have learned afterContinue reading “Parenting and Disciplining the Spontaneous Child”

Learning from Our Mistakes

Some time back I lost the iPad. Yes. Me. Not the boys. Every time I think about it, I run over the events in my head wondering how I should have done things differently. Now that I have completed the 5 stages of grief and accepted that the iPad is gone, I have been reviewing theContinue reading “Learning from Our Mistakes”

Parenting and Discipline: Helping Your Child Understand Your Expectations by Using Examples that Your Child Can Relate to

You may have read in the news some time back about China passing a law that requires children to care for their aging parents. This particular issue that preyed heavily on my mind in recent times with two of my grandparents landing in hospital over the last few months (my maternal grandfather twice and my paternalContinue reading “Parenting and Discipline: Helping Your Child Understand Your Expectations by Using Examples that Your Child Can Relate to”

Parenting: Using Colours to Manage Your Child’s Aggressive Behaviours

Recently, I read the prologue of an interesting book called “Drunk Tank Pink” by Adam Alter. It discussed an interesting effect of colour – in particular, pink – that caught my attention. You can read more about it on Colour Matters but here is the essence of it: Alexander Schauss presented his research in 1979 onContinue reading “Parenting: Using Colours to Manage Your Child’s Aggressive Behaviours”

Qi Gong for Kids for Calming, Healing and Physical Benefits

Coincidentally, after reading about the practice of Qigong and reaching the alpha state, my FIL suggested that I look for Qigong classes to send Aristotle. He felt they would be good for helping Aristotle calm his mind and control his emotional state – which has been quite high-strung lately. Okay, my FIL didn’t use those wordsContinue reading “Qi Gong for Kids for Calming, Healing and Physical Benefits”

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”