Belief in Self

The Positive Power of "No" - Fostering Resiliency in Your Child

The Positive Power of “No” – Fostering Resiliency

“No.” This simple two-letter word is often absent from our parenting vocabulary. Yet, a firm “no” can be a positive developmental tool for building resiliency in children. In parenting today, we are encouraged to focus so absolutely on our children’s happiness, self-esteem, and emotional health. It is perhaps this that […]

Resilience
Successful Kids Need 8 Core Abilities: How to Parent with Purpose

Successful Kids Need 8 Core Abilities: How to Parent With Purpose

Successful kids get excellent grades, right? They play at least one sport very well. Successful kids do regular community service and, of course, take Advanced Placement courses. They attend the best colleges and attain great-paying jobs. Wait. If you’ve ever envisioned this fairy-tale definition of kids’ success, it’s time to […]

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55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents

55 Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents

Parents, are you ready for back-to-school? Teachers, would you like to share some great parenting articles with students’ families?  This popular list of back-to-school articles is updated each year. It contains some of the latest thinking and research on learning, achievement, family well-being, parent engagement, special needs children, youth sports, […]

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key to success girl

The Key to Success is Within Your Child’s Developing Mind

Every parent wants to know the key to success that will help a son or daughter thrive in life, that “secret sauce” for raising a healthy child. Does such a sauce exist? The answer depends on your mindset as a parent and how you turn your mindset into practice with […]

Empathy
Believe in Yourself

Believe in Yourself: A Manifesto for Youth

Coaches often utter the words “believe in yourself” to young people struggling with self-confidence. But what does it mean to believe in yourself? And why is it so important to the development of healthy and successful youth? No one in the world of psychology is better known for the study […]

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Family Values Promise

Family Values: What Children Learn from Parents

The phrase “family values” conjures an array of reactions in today’s politically charged world. And that’s a shame. Because whether our family values are conservative or liberal, they shouldn’t really change the ideals we hold for raising and educating our children. Family values have far too long been associated with […]

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Benefits of Play

The Benefits of Play are “Oh, so Big!”

Many scholars have studied and written about the benefits of play for children. According to psychologist and research professor Peter Gray, play “serves many valuable purposes. It is a means by which children develop their physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and moral capacities.” For quite some time, my daughter was afraid […]

Creativity
science experiments for kids

Science Experiments for Kids: Making Learning Fun

If you’re looking for creative science experiments for kids, we’ve got some great resources for you! Whether or not you have a budding ecologist, neuroscientist, or engineer, all children gain important abilities when parents support and encourage doing at-home science experiments. For kids of all ages, the benefits are enormous. […]

Resourcefulness
negativity and the brain

Negativity and Your Child’s Brain: How to Help Kids Stay Positive

How does negativity affect your child’s healthy development? It’s likely no surprise to learn that all of us have inner voices, private conversations we have with ourselves. Neuroscientists have discovered that those voices are naturally more negative than positive in tone. Unfortunately, children’s inner voices are particularly negative, usually driven […]

Self-Awareness
positive parenting

Positive Parenting: Powerful Ways to Raise Healthy Kids

Everyone wants to be a positive parent. But what does that mean? The term positive parenting is becoming more widespread as the practice of parenting becomes influenced by research in the new scientific field of positive psychology. Simply put, positive parenting behaviors are those that nurture the development of children’s […]

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Psychology Today Articles

Top Psychology Today Articles for Parents

Some of the best psychologists and educators in the world author Psychology Today articles in a variety of fields, including child development, parenting, autism, happiness, intelligence, and resilience. In the same spirit that I publish and update my list of the Best Back-to-School Articles for Parents in late summer, this […]

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