Choosing a Parenting Style

I was browsing through a blog by Casia Talbert called Healthy Moms recently and came across one of her older posts about the topic of Parenting in which she asked her readers to share their thoughts.  With Gavin demonstrating a more willful nature of late and melting down into more frequent temper tantrums, I findContinue reading “Choosing a Parenting Style”

5 Tips for a Happy Toddler in a Carseat

I saw a rather cute ad from Mothercare recently that goes like this: MICHAEL’S RIGHTS RELATING TO BUGGY RIDES/CAR TRAVEL I reserve the right to go as stiff as a board as you attempt to strap me in. I reserve the right to become uncontrollably excited by dogs or cats. I reserve the right toContinue reading “5 Tips for a Happy Toddler in a Carseat”

5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid

Further to my previous post on raising smart kids, I thought it was interesting to note Gavin’s behaviour when he plays with his shape sorter. I first introduced the shape sorter to Gavin when he was ten months old.  He learned pretty quickly how to fit the circle into the round hole and subsequently, theContinue reading “5 Ways to Raise a Smart Kid”

How to Raise a Smart Kid

“Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration”, or, if you read the “Cambridge Handbook of Expertise and Expert Performance“, it is “1% inspiration, 29% good instruction and encouragement, and 70% perspiration”. Indeed, science is telling us to forget about in-born genius, special talents and other innate qualities that we believe to be responsible for creatingContinue reading “How to Raise a Smart Kid”

The Secret Language of Babies

After being reinspired by those Signing Time home videos sent in by mothers who taught their babies to sign, I decided to dig out the Sign Language book I bought some time back.  I was reading the chapter on “Birth to Three Months”, which I skipped the last time because Gavin was already four monthsContinue reading “The Secret Language of Babies”

Myers-Briggs: What’s Your Child’s Personality Type?

There is a pervasive misconception that babies are somehow born on a blank slate. Even though we know better, it doesn’t stop us from the feeling of befuddlement when our second child doesn’t respond to the parenting methods we have refined with our first child. While we acknowledge that we all have different personalities thatContinue reading “Myers-Briggs: What’s Your Child’s Personality Type?”

Distress Tantrum versus Little Nero Tantrum

<![CDATA[ Contrary to popular belief, a child’s tantrums are not always about a need to control a parent. “Many tantrums are the result of genuine emotional pain, which should be taken seriously: the pain of impotence, deep frustration, loss, disappointment, and feeling misunderstood. Only some tantrums are primarily motivated by a wish to have controlContinue reading “Distress Tantrum versus Little Nero Tantrum”

“Manipulative Babies” is a Myth

I’m sure many parents have been told at one time or another that continually picking up their crying babies would “spoil” them. It has also been said that manipulative babies control their parents through crying. “Manipulative Babies” is a Myth Studies have now shown that this is neurobiologically incorrect. The human brain consists of threeContinue reading ““Manipulative Babies” is a Myth”

What’s Your Baby’s Personality?

Here’s something fun one to try out with your baby. Discover what your baby’s personality is by answering the following twenty multiple choice questions, from Secrets of the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg. What’s Your Baby’s Personality? For each of the following questions, pick the best answer – in other words, the statement that describesContinue reading “What’s Your Baby’s Personality?”