Resources for Social Skills: Get Your Angries Out

It’s been said over and over again: if we want to raise children who will grow up to be successful in life, we need to focus on more than just academic success. Here are some of the qualities and traits that we have covered in the past: Emotional intelligence, specifically empathy To be conscientious andContinue reading “Resources for Social Skills: Get Your Angries Out”

Helping Children Develop Tools for Positive Attitudes

This is part of our series of articles on how to raise happy, confident and successful children… What else can we do to help our children develop positive attitudes for life? We can teach them tools that will help them recognise that they are in control of how they feel. Using Physiology to Change HowContinue reading “Helping Children Develop Tools for Positive Attitudes”

5 More Ways for Encouraging Positive Behaviour

I am a parent, but there are days when I feel like a scientist studying child behaviour. I confess I don’t always know what I’m doing but I hope that if I do enough of the right things, everything will turn out okay. In an earlier post, I wrote about some practices we were trying toContinue reading “5 More Ways for Encouraging Positive Behaviour”

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”

Parenting: Dealing with Child Behaviour, Child Motivation, and Negative Character Traits

This post is going to be a bit of a mishmash of ideas that are interrelated in some way. Every now and then I get these lines of thoughts that spiral out into different directions and I like to explore them. Writing helps me to do that and so here it is… A week ago,Continue reading “Parenting: Dealing with Child Behaviour, Child Motivation, and Negative Character Traits”

Parenting with Empathy – Getting Past the Trying Behaviours

Aristotle was a difficult baby and toddler but once he passed the three year old mark, I found that he became a lot easier to handle. I could understand him and I knew how to handle him. Although he sometimes pushes my hot buttons, he is generally really pleasant to have around. He’s the kindContinue reading “Parenting with Empathy – Getting Past the Trying Behaviours”

Behavioural Analysis: From Toddlerhood to Boyhood

Hercules has been behaving out of character lately. Up until now, I have never had to do a differential analysis for the change in his behaviour (unlike Aristotle, who required one at regular intervals since before he was even 1 year old). Aristotle has always been my super-sensitive child that needed careful management at everyContinue reading “Behavioural Analysis: From Toddlerhood to Boyhood”

On School and Siblings: The Socialisation Myth

I wanted to explore this topic because I believe there is a misconception about how children learn the rules of social conduct. Feel free to rebut the arguments here and/or share your experiences in the comments. There are technically two points I’m discussing here, the first is related to child personality… When Aristotle was little,Continue reading “On School and Siblings: The Socialisation Myth”

Behaviour Management: The Bucket Analogy

Aristotle is going through a phase. At least I’d like to think it’s just a phase and not because I’m failing at my role of being a parent. To put it simply, he’s been obnoxious. It’s tough swallowing that when I know he can behave so beautifully sometimes that it just blows me away andContinue reading “Behaviour Management: The Bucket Analogy”

Behavioural Development and Discipline: Children will be Children

Aristotle has been behaving pretty well at school lately. In fact, it almost seems as if there is a cyclical pattern in his behaviour with peaks and troughs where good behaviour intermingles with “bad” behaviour. Despite the recent string of glowing reports from school, I thought I would continue the discussion on discipline that IContinue reading “Behavioural Development and Discipline: Children will be Children”