The Difficulty with Raising Happiness

Ask any parent and most of them will tell you that they want to raise happy children. In a world plagued with teenage depression and suicide (the third leading cause of death in 15- to 24-year-olds in the US), it’s not a wonder that we’re desperate to make sure our children are growing up happy. It isContinue reading “The Difficulty with Raising Happiness”

Going Back to Basics Because Less Can Be More

When a thought leads to another and another and another… My SIL has two cats who are her babies. They are uncannily “human” in the way they behave and respond to her and to various familiar faces. In fact, they respond so appropriately that it seems at times like they understand what we’re saying when we talk to themContinue reading “Going Back to Basics Because Less Can Be More”

Let’s Talk About Growing Up! Wellcast Explores the Physical, Mental and Emotional Paths to Wellness

Found this gem of a channel on Youtube by accident and it was too good not to share… There are a lot of topics we should talk to our children about but we don’t. Sometimes we don’t think to talk about it until it happens; other times, we just don’t know how to talk aboutContinue reading “Let’s Talk About Growing Up! Wellcast Explores the Physical, Mental and Emotional Paths to Wellness”

How to Avoid Raising an Entitled Child

“Kids these days…” It seems like every old generation thinks the new generation is over privileged and undeserving. How many times have you heard your parents tell you how lucky you are because they never had what you had when they were your age? And dang it! I’ve been known to pull that same stunt onContinue reading “How to Avoid Raising an Entitled Child”

Raising Happiness – Are You Giving Happiness or Teaching Happiness to Your Child?

There is a post I wrote some time back about wanting to raise “happy, confident and successful” children. Since writing that post, a great many number of things have happened that have made me reconsider one aspect of that desire – the part about raising “happy” children. I haven’t changed my stance. Of course IContinue reading “Raising Happiness – Are You Giving Happiness or Teaching Happiness to Your Child?”

Child Safety Awareness and Education

One of the scariest things about being a parent are the increasing dangers in the world that our children are facing. As they grow older and start to spend more time away from us, there is an understandable concern from parents with regards to issues like sexual predators, child abuse, and internet safety. Even thoughContinue reading “Child Safety Awareness and Education”

FISH! Philosophy – Make Their Day: G1’s Sweet Treat

Make Their Day: Simple gestures of thoughtfulness, thanks and recognition make people feel appreciated and valued. When you make someone else feel good, you feel good too. “Make their day” can be a big production—giving a present, taking someone out to dinner—but it doesn’t have to be. It might be as simple as holding open aContinue reading “FISH! Philosophy – Make Their Day: G1’s Sweet Treat”

What Multitasking is Really Doing to Your Child

Paraphrased from The Atlantic: “The multitasking revolution: texting and instant messaging while downloading music to an iPod, updating a Facebook page, completing a homework assignment and keeping an eye on the TV.” Does that sound like your child? Did you know: “53 percent of students in grades seven through 12 report consuming some other form of mediaContinue reading “What Multitasking is Really Doing to Your Child”

Life Lessons for Children about Racism and Fighting Back

I watched the movie “42” recently. For those of you who missed it, it’s the story of Jackie Robinson – the first negro baseball player to play in an all-white major league baseball. As in all movies portraying real-life events, I’m sure there are inaccuracies in the movie, but there was one part that reallyContinue reading “Life Lessons for Children about Racism and Fighting Back”

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”