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Ten Strategies for Getting Children to Talk

Posted in Guest Mom, Kidtelligent, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on August 23rd, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Family Enjoying meal,mealtime Together“Most families tend to rush through dinner, especially the kids.  They can’t wait to get back to their computers and cell phones and iPods.  But they’ll stick around if the conversation is interesting.  And the biggest determinant is YOU.  If you see yourself and your life as a crashing bore, your kids will see the same thing.  But if you see your life as an endless succession of miraculous and fascinating events, your kids will be transformed by it.”  — Shmuley Boteach

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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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Pooh Sticks and Other No-Cost Summer Hits

Posted in Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on July 22nd, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – 1 Comment

girl-paintingHopefully you’re carving out some time with your children for unstructured fun. Here are a couple of no-cost, no-prep activities kids love.

Pooh Sticks. There’s a wonderful scene in one of Milne’s stories where Pooh and Piglet simply drop sticks off a bridge over a little creek and dash to the other side to see whose appears first. Once my children had tried this, I don’t think we passed over a little bridge with out playing Pooh Sticks for several years! Find a park with a stream and a few twigs and play away. No bridge? Set a start and finish point and see what happens!

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A Sanity Circle

Posted in Kidtelligent, Web Connections on June 18th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

 

kids-playing-cardsJust a couple of months before our daughters started kindergarten, Kim and I were sipping tea while the children painted with watercolors in the kitchen. Suddenly they appeared, their hands covered with colored soap suds. “The paint spilled and it got foamy,” they declared.

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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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Allison shares how Kidtelligent gave her a better understanding of her daughter

Posted in Guest Mom, Mothers Perspective, Web Connections on April 29th, 2013 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Allison is a Kidtelligent parent who used the Kidtelligent system to get a better understanding of how to parent her daughter. Allison’s daughter tended to have attributes more like her father than herself. Interestingly, Allison was able to better understand her husband in the process!

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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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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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