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The Ups and Downs of Competition

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on August 9th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

coach-boxing Summer often means soccer tournaments, baseball playoffs, and dance competitions. How does your child fare? Some thrive on competing to win while others melt. Saying, “Just relax and go for it” isn’t always helpful.

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Treasure Hunts for Anyone!

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on August 1st, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Happy friendsChildren love treasure hunts, and scavenger hunts, and treasure maps, and clues, and…the trick is to devise something that they’ll love without too much prep. This one works whether you’re in a park or camping or at the beach or at many other summer stops.

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Handing Off Responsibility

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on May 28th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Junior Executive on a cell phoneAt orientation at my son’s college, the Dean of Students delighted in sharing crazy stories of “helicopter” parents. Parents calling deans to make sure their son or daughter was out of bed. Parents asking a dormitory head resident to assist a daughter with laundry. Parents calling roommates, saying, “If you ate the last piece of pizza, then you have to order another one so his son gets his share.” Crazy, yes, but these are all signs of panicked parents who suddenly realize their children may lack a few adult life skills!

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Take a Free-Range Parenting Step

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on May 17th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

 

parents_with_childThe term “free-range parenting,” coined by Lenore Skenazy, describes that 1950-60’s era where children, no longer tied down by farm chores or factory shifts, were free to bike across town, climb trees, float across swamps on homemade rafts, and build forts far from adult supervision. Kidnappings were actually just about as common, but they didn’t get worldwide press coverage as they do today. Broken bones were less common because children took risks earlier on in life, from lower obstacles, and learned natural caution!

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Balanced Parenting

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on May 9th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

boy-skateboardingParenting is a balancing act—and no one who is honest will tell you that they did it just right.

If you’re overprotective, your children become fearful
If you aren’t protective enough, they’ll have good reason to be fearful
If you guide or make all their decisions, they’ll lack the ability to reason
If you give them responsibility for decisions too early, they may be hampered by poor choices

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How to Choose the Best Summer Camp for Your Child: 10 Questions to Ask

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Mothers Perspective on May 3rd, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Hispanic father and son hiking on trail in woodsI am a huge proponent of summer camps.  I started at summer camp when I was 8 years old, and my gym teacher, who was also the camp program director, gave me a scholarship to attend.  After that week (despite the bouts of homesickness and a few bug bites), I was hooked, and continued to attend camp each summer as a camp, then a junior counselor, and a counselor.  In fact, my first “real” job out of college was as a camp director, and I still have very good relationships with (and many, many very fond memories of) both camps that I worked at and attended.   One of the reasons I even agreed to go on the first date with my husband was because he too had attended and worked at summer camps.  The experiences at camp can be life affirming, life changing, and, well, just plain fun!

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Posted in Barnaby's Video Spotlight, General, Kidtelligent on April 19th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Staying Calm When Your Child Acts Up

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective on April 12th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

police-girlAlthough there are days when your child may be pushing all of your buttons and you feel as though your reactions are beyond your control, it truly is a daily (or perhaps even moment to moment) choice not to yell, to stay calm, to choose love, and to parent positively.   Even still, all parents get angry at their children.  Anger is a type of message, in and of itself is not necessarily a problem, except that in the heat of the moment it is difficult to see the situation for what it is and react thoughtfully to it.  In the blog post “How can you stay cool when your kid acts up?” by Dr. Laura Markham at ahaparenting.com  she highlights five tips for staying level-headed when your child is acting up:

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Spring Break Games

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on April 1st, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

mom-son-making- cookiesAh, spring break. If you aren’t going out of town and aren’t signing your kids up for a week-long day camp, here are a few ideas beyond field trips and play dates (both of which are great ideas in themselves, incidentally!)

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Siblings, Legos and Other Desperate Moves

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on March 25th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

boys-fixingMy children didn’t always like playing together. Shocking? I hope not! Occasionally, siblings are a perfect match for each other, but mine had very little in common other than parents! Extravert, introvert. Boy, girl. Mr. Rogers, Barney. See what I mean?

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