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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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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 can Kidtelligent help your children succeed?

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

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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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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How to Handle Sibling Fights

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

David Frost said, “Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.”  Although this quote may elicit a few understanding chuckles, followed by visions of wearing a striped uniform handing out judgments in the form of red cards or penalty yards, in the world of sibling fights, this does not mean your job is to figure out right from wrong.  As stated by dictionary.com, the definition of “referee” is “one to whom something is referred, especially for decision or settlement; arbitrator.”  In the blog post “How to Intervene in a Sibling Fight” on ahaparenting.com Dr. Laura Markham teaches us some tips about how to best referee sibling fights.

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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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Imperfect Parenting

Posted in General, Jane Kise on July 11th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Does your child play in dirt and puddles (this is different from playing in germs!) As long as they’re in play clothes, evidence suggests such play increases creativity and immunity to germs.

Can your child safely build a campfire for roasting marshmallows (this is different from playing with fire!) Taught properly, they gain respect for flames and matches.

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How Does Your Child Create?

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

Is your child creative? Actually, I can answer, “Yes!” for you without meeting your children, for all of us have a creative bent.

Too often, though, we’re anxiously examining our preschooler’s artwork, piano experimentation, acting skills or storytelling attempts for signs of the next da Vinci, Shirley Temple or Shakespeare while overlooking valuable, yet perhaps less flashy, forms of creativity. The danger is that we might not encourage or even provide opportunities for our children to display other styles.

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