A Powerful Message for Our Children – “How to Succeed When You Have No Special Skills”

I have always loved these inspirational stories about parents who stumble on an activity that becomes their child’s passion… Like the 4 year old who makes paper dresses… That kid who reviews books on his own blog… The amazing kid who shoots “impossible” hoops… And then that kid goes on to become something amazing… AkianeContinue reading “A Powerful Message for Our Children – “How to Succeed When You Have No Special Skills””

What Your Child Really Needs for a Prospective Future

If you still think that good academics alone will give your child a secure future, it’s time to reassess your misconceived beliefs. It is a rapidly changing world that our children are growing up in and the future is uncertain. All we know is that the days when a good degree will guarantee you a goodContinue reading “What Your Child Really Needs for a Prospective Future”

Increase Your Performance by Changing Your Posture

Did you know you can improve your performance just by changing your body language? If you modify your body language by changing your facial expression or adjusting your pose, you can alter your body’s physiology and that can affect how you feel and how well you perform. Here’s the clincher: you can make yourself feelContinue reading “Increase Your Performance by Changing Your Posture”

The GIBSON Test of Brain Skills – How Well Does Your Child’s Brain Function?

Why should you test your child’s brain skills? Have you ever wondered why some children succeed academically but others fail even though they attend the same school, are in the same class, have the same teacher and study the same curriculum? Is it because of the teaching process or could there be something more toContinue reading “The GIBSON Test of Brain Skills – How Well Does Your Child’s Brain Function?”

Rethinking Education – What Do Our Children Really Need to be Successful?

Academics is Not Enough “Study hard and get good grades so you can get a good job” – this was the mantra of our parents because it was the formula that worked in their world. But the world we live in is constantly changing – the world we grew up in is vastly different toContinue reading “Rethinking Education – What Do Our Children Really Need to be Successful?”

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”

Character Development: What are We Subconsciously Teaching Our Children Through Movies?

What is the Bechdel Test? There is something I learned about recently called “The Bechdel Test”. Alright, we’re late on the bandwagon since this rule has been around since 1985 when it was first introduced by Alison Bechdel in her comic strip “Dykes to Watch Out For“. The rule is basically about the unequal representation ofContinue reading “Character Development: What are We Subconsciously Teaching Our Children Through Movies?”

Parenting: Adversity Breeds Success

I love movies about sports. They’re always really uplifting and there is so much to be learned from the experiences of the players. These are the kind of movies that provide plenty of talking points you can raise with your children… We watched another movie about baseball recently – MoneyBall. It is the story of BillyContinue reading “Parenting: Adversity Breeds Success”

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”

Over-Parenting and Raising Self-Sufficient Children

When I was working in Colgate, I used to be present at a number of the events and exhibitions that were held over the weekends. One of the popular activities that the marketing team liked to organise for the children is a colouring contest. We used to be amazed by how involved some parents wouldContinue reading “Over-Parenting and Raising Self-Sufficient Children”