How and why to be a calm parent

How and why to be a calm parent

Perhaps President Abraham Lincoln said it best: “There is nothing stronger than gentleness.” That especially goes for parenting — but let’s face it: Caring for a child is one of the world’s toughest jobs, and it can induce great...
How to advocate for your child at school

How to advocate for your child at school

Wonderful things happen when parents, educators and child welfare professionals are all on the same page about developing a unified, realistic and therapeutic plan of action for the benefit of a child. Children are most likely to learn and grow when the adults in...
Why children need chores

Why children need chores

In the past, children fulfilled a significant role in their family’s survival. Before supermarkets, pizza delivery, washing machines and dryers and today’s “smart” appliances, families were burdened with a tremendous amount of work. Food had to...
How violence in media affects children’s behavior

How violence in media affects children’s behavior

For decades, anecdotal and scientific research has shown the harmful effects to children of television, movie and video game violence. The four main effects are aggression, desensitization, fear and negative messages (Murray 2000). Consider these troubling realities:...
How to praise a child with a negative self-image

How to praise a child with a negative self-image

Praise is one of the most basic methods parents use to encourage good behavior and positive self-esteem. However, praise must be used cautiously. Children will accept positive comments only if they’re consistent with their self-image. Unconditional praise and...