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”

Parenting: Sex Education – What to Say, When to Say, How Much to Say

The recent article in the papers about two primary school boys (aged 8 and 10) who forced a Year 1 girl to perform oral sex after browsing an adult movie site on their school computer has reminded me that I am overdue to discuss this issue with Aristotle. Sex education should begin at home becauseContinue reading “Parenting: Sex Education – What to Say, When to Say, How Much to Say”

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”

How Do You Nurture Creativity in Children?

There was an article I read recently titled: “Why Creativity is the Most Important Quality You Have” and it relates creativity to having a purpose in life, being driven, fulfillment, and happiness. Creativity ensures greater success and helps you stand out from the crowd above and beyond simply having a good resume and academic transcripts.Continue reading “How Do You Nurture Creativity in Children?”

Schools and Education: Are We Encouraging Lateral Thinking and Creative Thinking?

For a long time, I have been wringing my hands and fretting about sending Aristotle to school rather than homeschooling him. He is a very sensitive child who can be quite challenging to deal with when he doesn’t want to do something. Thankfully, he has had great teachers who have managed to handle him wellContinue reading “Schools and Education: Are We Encouraging Lateral Thinking and Creative Thinking?”

Learning Through Experience: How do you Teach Your Child to Put Others Before Himself?

Some time back, I wrote about wanting to raise children who are happy, confident and successful. On the Figur8 home page, this brief statement was extrapolated to express what we hope to achieve in raising our children. Since reading “The Parents We Mean to Be” by Richard Weissbourd, I have realised that there needs to beContinue reading “Learning Through Experience: How do you Teach Your Child to Put Others Before Himself?”

Parenting: How Do You Overcome the Negative Influence of Social Conformity

There was an interesting experiment done in the 1950s by psychologist Solomon Asch on social conformity. A group of seven people was handed a slip of paper with several lines of differing lengths on it and asked each in turn to describe what they saw. Unbeknownst to the last person, the first 6 individuals areContinue reading “Parenting: How Do You Overcome the Negative Influence of Social Conformity”

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”

Parenting: How Old is Old Enough?

Aristotle is growing into that phase where he is old enough to want to do certain things but not necessarily old enough for it to be appropriate. For instance, at what age should he be allowed to use the Men’s toilets on his own while I wait outside? At what age is he to beContinue reading “Parenting: How Old is Old Enough?”

Life Skills: Take on Challenges

There is one area of weakness that Aristotle has constantly demonstrated to me that I have been concerned about. Whenever I present him with a challenge, he often declines to pick up the gauntlet. I have been concerned that his fear of failure is crippling his willingness to give things a go and it’s havingContinue reading “Life Skills: Take on Challenges”