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Goal Setting with Children

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on November 30th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

In today’s age of seemingly endless information, people are constantly bombarded with excessive numbers of choices, decisions, and options.  While overwhelming for an adult, it’s even more easy for children to get sidetracked or to just “go with the flow” instead of actively choosing their life’s path.  Learning how to set goals at an early age gives children the tools they need to live a purposeful life by making decisions, instead of simply reacting to situations.

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An Easier Math Equation: Math-Phobic Parent + Some Great Tips = A Child Who Enjoys Math

Posted in Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on November 19th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Perhaps just the sight of your child’s math homework causes you to sweat uncontrollably and your heart to race.  Maybe it conjures up memories of struggling through math tests of your own, or makes you want to hold on to a calculator like a security blanket.  Your reaction may not be this extreme, but many parents today do consider themselves to be “math-phobic.”  However, according to a 2007 study in the journal Developmental Psychology, math skills at a child’s entry into kindergarten is even a stronger predictor of later school achievement than reading skills or even the ability to pay attention.  Additionally, in today’s job market, some of the fastest growing occupations require skills in math or science.  So what’s a math-phobic parent to do in order to help their children with their math skills?   In the article “A Worksheet for Math-Phobic Parents” on the Wall Street Journal online site, Sue Shellenbarger summarizes some great suggestions that will, instead of unconsciously teaching your child to fear math, will help them feel more comfortable and succeed more in math tasks:

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Why Children’s Feelings Should Not Be Minimized: 5 Reasons

Posted in Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on November 6th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

“You’re okay!”  “See – it was easy!”  “This isn’t a big deal!”  Phrases such as these might be at the tip of your tongue (or may even at times pass your lips) when your children are upset, whining, or expressing other uncomfortable or strong feelings.  I know that despite my best efforts, phrases such as these seem to have popped right out of my mouth when I’ve felt frustrated, tired, or annoyed with a situation with my boys.  But as parents, and by using phrases such as these, we’re just trying to teach our children resilience; after all, the real world isn’t easy, right?  Actually, using phrases such as these actually minimize our children’s feelings, leaving them to feel confused or helpless.  Minimizing children’s feelings may also lead them to try to figure out how to manage their emotions on their own, sometimes leading a child to hit, push, break things, or engage in other behaviors such as drugs and alcohol.   In the post “5 Reasons Not to Minimize Your Child’s Feelings” Wendy Young, LMSW, BCD of Kidlutions  offers up five reasons NOT to minimize your child’s feelings:

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