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The “I’m Bored” Antidote

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on March 15th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Happy friendsIt’s Saturday morning and it’s sleeting outside and the power is out inside. Could your children entertain themselves? I’d suggest not waiting until such a messy weekend to find out! Here are three ways to prepare—and to avoid the “I’m bored” whiners on more normal days as well!!

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Teacher Conferences

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on March 7th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

teacher-students-globeParents, teachers, students…it’s hard to tell who is more nervous about those conferences. They’re seldom long enough, and often not private enough, for deep conversation. So how can you get the most out of them?

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Resources for Parents Who Seldom Read

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

girl reading bookWhile it’s possible to raise a swimmer if you hate the water, and a pitcher if you can’t throw straight, the easiest way to raise readers is by reading yourself. While it might be hard to find time, might I suggest that if you found the right book, little would stand in the way of your finishing it? And if your children see you squeezing in time to get back to a great book, might they also see books as worthy of their time? Here are some great ways to find titles

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If You Want Your Child to Read, Read!!

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent on February 18th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Girl read bookLast week, I explained the first rule of what to do if your child’s teacher is concerned about his or her progress as a reader: DON’T PANIC!! By that I mean, concentrate on creating a love of reading rather than on worksheets, tutors, or other programs that dwell on isolated skills rather than on the natural lure of stories. If your children watch TV or play video games that have a plot line, they do love stories. Help them see books in the same light.

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Read, Read, Read

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on February 6th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – 2 Comments

girl-readingIf your child is in grades K-6 and the teacher is worried about whether his or her reading skills are at grade level, remember these three rules:

  •  Don’t Panic
  •  Always Carry a Book (preferably two)

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Advice for Introverted Parents Raising Extroverted Children

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on February 1st, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

friends-in-huddleEven with all of its rewards and joys, parenting can also be incredibly draining – especially for those parents who tend toward introversion with a child whose interaction needs far exceed your own.  So how do you best parent when your child craves and recharges from interaction as much as you crave and recharge from solitude?  R.L. LaFever’s post “Tips for Introverted Parents Raising Extroverted Kids” is an article I’ve re-read and referred to several since I am the mother of at least one extroverted son and the wife to a very extroverted husband.

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Some Dos and Don’ts for Raising Your Quiet, Reserved Child

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on January 17th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

boy-intense-studyingIn this chatty, busy, extroverted world, those of us who are more reserved may feel at times as though we have a personality malfunction.  For a child who tends more toward introversion, trying to fit in to our bustling society may lend to them feeling a lack of confidence and sense of belonging.  In the blog post “5 Things to Know About Raising Introverted Children,” author Kelly Bartlett shares some ideas that parents can use to better suit their more quiet child’s needs:

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Being Your Child’s Confidant

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on January 11th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Baseball Boy and Dad/Coach 2Recently I’ve heard a couple of my friends with teenage children say things like “As long as I don’t hear about it…” or “I just don’t want to know” when referencing situations in which their children may be participating, such as dating, sex.  Although discovering your child has been engaging in activities that may cause you to want to lock them away for the next 30 years, wouldn’t you rather have a relationship that allows and encourages your child to use you as a sounding board and confidant?   In the blog post “Ben the Person Your Child Confides In,”  Janet Lansbury shares six suggestions for building such a relationship with your child:

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10 Ways to Teach Children to Accept their Mistakes

Posted in General, Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on January 4th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

parents_with_childNeither of my sons enjoy making mistakes.  Let’s face it, who does?  I see a lot of myself in my sons when they run and hide in their rooms, burying their heads in their pillows or turning beet red upon doing something “incorrectly.”  I have come a long way with accepting my own mistakes, but once in a while I can still get a big blush going after a particularly irritating error.  But, like it or not, making mistakes is an integral part of learning.   In the article “I messed up, Mom & Dad!  10 Ways to Teach Children to Embrace Their Mistakes,”, Dr. Robyn Silverman gives ten pointers on how to teach your children about having a positive mistake-making attitude:

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11 Reasons to Slow Down with Your Child

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

coach-swimming“Come on, hurry up!  We’re going to be late!”  I find myself saying these words almost without thinking.  I despise being late, but it seems despite my best efforts, I am always in a race against the clock.  I also have a tendency to over-schedule, and although so far it’s only been for my own activities and responsibilities, and not for my children, I know it affects the whole family.  For these reasons, Dr. Laura Markham’s post “11 Ways Your Child Loses When You Rush Him Through Life” on ahaparenting.com   really struck a chord with me.

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