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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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Benefits and Techniques of Teaching Children a Second Language

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

One of the reasons on our very long list of why we love our son’s Montessori school is because it has Spanish interwoven into its curriculum in a very natural, everyday manner.  I have been thrilled to have my son share his Spanish with me (especially since I minored in the language in college), but his exposure to other languages has seemed to also prompt his interest in other cultures, in trying out new sounds, and has changed the way he views the world.  My younger son has picked up a few of the words as well, and both of my boys enjoying using their American Sign Language to communicate with each other and with us.

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A Serene Space for Children

Posted in Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on August 21st, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

During our hectic, overscheduled days filled with play dates, sports practices, birthday parties, homework, and endless errands, not to mention the constant bombardment of electronic stimulation by cell phones, iPads, and hand-held games, having a time and space for quiet contemplation may feel like a foreign, but definitely welcomed, concept.  Katherine Lockett from Creative Playhouse wrote a guest post on Not Just Cute called “Creating a Quiet Space for Children” with wonderful suggestions about how to create a serene space for your child.

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How to Handle Sibling Conflicts

Posted in Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on July 22nd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

My sister is 15 months younger than I am, and although we had our moments of getting along like the young girls you often saw sweetly passing the syrup to one another in pancake commercials, our more typical interactions involved some sort of screaming, hairbrush throwing, name calling, or all of the above.  Our weary mother was consistent in trying to make sure we treated each other with respect, and insisted that someday we would be the best of friends, but I could tell that we really wore her down.  When I became a mother of two, I prided myself that my boys seemed to generally respect each other and get along flawlessly – oh, what a parenting professional I thought I was – at least until my youngest realized he could take toys from my oldest, and my oldest thought it was a fun game to try to convince my youngest to give up the toys with which he was playing.  I conceded that I was not the parenting pro that I thought I was, but I was also relieved to know that sibling conflicts were quite normal, and could be managed in such a way that it would not have to drain every ounce of energy I had.

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New Ways to Play

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

Have you been sucked into the world of Pinterest yet?  I personally have been trying to resist, sneaking in only a few minutes here and there, but I’ve been on enough to create a board of cute, inspiring play and activity ideas for my boys.    Sometimes in my few minutes of pinning ecstasy, I’ve found myself thinking, “Do I pin this activity, or not?  It looks so fun, but my boys really don’t like to do that kind of activity.”  Christie Burnett’s article “But My Child Doesn’t Like to Play ____” on childhood101.com  addresses this very scenario.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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