Self-reliant kids do better | how to do less so your kids can do more

Are your kids self-reliant or do you think you are doing too much for them? Would you like to encourage your children to become more self-reliant? A job description looks like this for many parents: Long term, energetic team player needed, for challenging permanent work in a busy and often chaotic environment. Responsibilities include cooking, … Continue reading Self-reliant kids do better | how to do less so your kids can do more

When perfectionism is the enemy of progress | how to help a child who hates making mistakes

"My daughter is doing well academically and excels in many subjects. I am concerned about her perfectionist tendencies. Her reaction to what I see as minor setbacks is out of proportion. When she got a less than perfect result in a test recently she took it very badly. It was like the end of the … Continue reading When perfectionism is the enemy of progress | how to help a child who hates making mistakes

Getting up is hard to do | on cold, dark mornings

Do you have a hard time getting up in the mornings? Parents and kids can struggle on the cold winter days with bad moods. When you are in a bad mood is it hard to shake? What about your child? Are bad moods making it hard for them to get up and do what they … Continue reading Getting up is hard to do | on cold, dark mornings

Why rough play for boys is more than just fun

I had good intentions for my 2 sons to be creative with art and crafts from an early age.  I bought crayons, paint, glue and scissors and lots of glitter.  My hopes would rise when they'd run into the house to stick a sticker on something. After 20 seconds maximum they'd run outside and hit … Continue reading Why rough play for boys is more than just fun