Kidtelligent

A complete system to measure and improve your child's success

  Articles & Ideas

Kidtelligent Blog

Archive for June, 2012

Too Many Choices

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Mothers Perspective on June 28th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

So much of recent literature reinforces that giving children choices and letting them be active participants in their lives leads to successful, independent adults.  However, there are times when giving too many choices can lead to less satisfaction and paralysis of decision making.  (I admit that I have been paralyzed more than once in the grocery store where shampoo bottles take up an entire aisle – way too many to choose from!)  Suzita Cochran, PhD of the blog playfightrepeat.com wrote a guest blog at simplekids.net about how too much choice affects our children, and what we can do about it.

Read more on Too Many Choices…

The Craft Box

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on June 21st, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

My children once spent an entire morning making “dog houses”—decorating shoe boxes for their stuffed animals to live in—and the entire afternoon playing with them. All children have the capacity for creativity, and one of the best ways to nurture that creativity is free play, freestyle crafts, and free time. If you aren’t very crafty, never fear. All you need is a craft box!

Read more on The Craft Box…

Raising a Responsible Child: 14 Everyday Strategies

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on June 17th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Children, like the rest of us, need to feel like they matter to the world, and like to know that they can make positive contributions to the lives of others.   Seeing themselves as responsible (or, as Dr. Laura Markham says, “response-able”) gives children a sense of power and a knowledge that they can respond to what needs to be done, building their self esteem, giving their lives meaning, and teaching them how to handle themselves responsibly in the world.

Read more on Raising a Responsible Child: 14 Everyday Strategies…

Books that celebrate math

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on June 12th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

I’ve been reading Brunelleschi’s Dome (Ross King), the story of the construction of the great Duomo in Florence, Italy. The engineering puzzles that were solved during its construction are absolutely amazing, and its story form makes it a beach read. Honest!

Read more on Books that celebrate math…

Six Tips for Raising Socially Intelligent Children

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on June 9th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Today’s children are growing up in a world that is oftentimes difficult, confusing, and complicated.  Although some of the trials today’s children face are the same that their parents and grandparents faced – such as dealing with teasing, or desiring friendships – the omnipresent media has thrust our children into a world of adult mores before they are mature enough to process this world.

Read more on Six Tips for Raising Socially Intelligent Children…

Rainy Day Math Games

Posted in Jane Kise, Web Connections on June 5th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

My father once babysat three of his grandchildren, all under the age of five, for a Saturday morning. A former physical education teacher, he believed in organized fun, so before the children arrived he set up a whole series of games in the basement.

Read more on Rainy Day Math Games…

Helping your Teen Handle Rejection

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on June 2nd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Ah…the trials and tribulations of the teenage years.  As if it wasn’t difficult enough dealing with the transition from middle school to high school, learning to drive, hormones, and finding their own niche, teens today also have to learn to deal with possible rejection in various areas of their life: social, romantic, extracurricular, and academic.  In a recent article published in the March issue of FamilyCircle magazine, Ashlea Halpern discusses various rejections as well as gives parents tips they can use to help their teen.

Read more on Helping your Teen Handle Rejection…