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How to Parent Your Spirited Child

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

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had well-meaning people tell me, “Oh, your son’s stubbornness will serve him well someday!” as they watch him dig his feet in and stand firm for what he desires.   Although I can see how this may be the case, in those moments I just want the tools to get through the situation and to teach and direct my son to use his self-motivation for positive leadership as he grows.  I really don’t want to raise a child who doesn’t question things or who just gives up when challenged, but the power struggles that occur often between a spirited or strong-willed child and his or her parents can be a tremendous energy drain.  So what do parents of strong-willed children do to preserve these fabulous (honest, they are!) qualities while having their children follow direction and without “breaking their will?”

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From a Mothers Perspective A “Good Parenting” Handbook

Posted in Guest Mom on January 3rd, 2012 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – 1 Comment

According to Laurence Stienberg, PhD, distinguished professor of psychology at Temple University, “parenting is one of the most researched areas in the entire field of social science” – and with good reason!  Good parenting helps foster qualities like honesty, motivation, intellectual curiosity, and empathy.  It helps to protect children from developing abusive behaviors, as well as depression and anxiety.  The relationship between a parent and a child is reflected in the child’s actions – both good and bad aspects.  Additionally, parents oftentimes base their parenting actions on gut reactions, or on the same tactics and belief systems their own parents used.  Sometimes this type of instinctual parenting may serve both the child and the parent well; however, some parents naturally have better instincts than others and some may have had a harsher upbringing than they’d like to give to their own children.

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Tuesdays With Jane: Just Three Wishes?

Posted in Jane Kise on October 7th, 2011 by kidtelligent@gmail.com – Be the first to comment

As retailers ramp up for the holiday season, (Yes, our winter holidays are three months away, but your children will start seeing toy ads and store displays within the next few weeks!!!), here’s a thought about successfully balancing gifts and greed.

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