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Math Rules!

Posted in General, Jane Kise, Kidtelligent, Web Connections on October 30th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

Rule #1 for parents in math: NEVER again say, “I was never very good in math.” Especially never say in front of your child, “I was never very good in math, so I guess it’s no surprise that my child struggles, too.”

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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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Tuesdays with Jane: Avoiding those Morning Battles!

Posted in Jane Kise on January 10th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

If getting your children out the door to school and yourselves out the door to work results in everyone’s day starting on a sour note, structure may be your answer. One of the clearest universal truths in the psychology of parenting is that children thrive when expectations are clear. And mornings are a good place to begin.

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How it has effected my life and identifying your child’s learning style

Posted in Guest Mom, Web Connections on January 5th, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

My husband and I have very different learning styles.  My husband doesn’t enjoy or glean much from written material, but easily absorbs information from books on tape.  Depending on the type of work he is doing, he is able to work with background noise or music.  He is also fully immersed in doing everything electronically, such as scheduling meetings and keeping up his contact list.  I, on the other hand, read books every chance I get.  If I am concentrating on meeting a deadline or finishing a project, it is very detrimental to me (and my project) if I am disturbed.  I also need to physically write down to-do lists and appointments with a good old-fashioned pen and paper, and can most often remember what I wrote by calling up the visual of it in my mind.  As our two young boys grow, it will be interesting to see which learning styles or combinations of styles will be their strengths.

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Tuesdays with Jane:Does Your Child Lose Things Constantly? (Reframing)

Posted in Jane Kise on November 22nd, 2011 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

“How could you possibly lose something as big and as important as a jacket?” my mother lamented—more than once. I lost sweaters, raincoats, even my winter jacket. How? Well, to wear it home, I’d need to remember that I wore it in the first place. I was seldom aware of such realities as a grade school child, whereas my mother never misplaced anything in the first 80 years of her life!

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