October 31st, 2016Sugar: Effects on Your Child’s Brain
Sugar Effects It’s Halloween, which means today our children are going to be overloaded with enough candy to feed 100 of their closest friends. And it’s all in fun, I know. But it got me to thinking today about how sugar affects a child’s brain. So I’ve been doing a little research. If your child […]
October 26th, 2016What do you think: Do Kids Need Homework?
What do you think? Do Kids Need Homework? Really, do kids need homework? A second-grade teacher’s note about her “no formal homework policy” went viral last month, spurring a national debate online amongst teachers, school administrators and parents. This teacher has one exception: students need to finish assignments which weren’t completed during the school day. What do scientists […]
October 26th, 2016The Right Way to Praise Your Child
The Right Way to Praise Your Child is Free! I’ve said it so many times, and it’s true: Kids will work hard for praise, and it’s great for parents because it’s free! One of the things I’ve mentioned on our member parent training calls is that there’s a difference between praising your child for working […]
October 17th, 2016Tears, Tantrums and Meltdowns, Oh My!
Tears Tantrums and Meltdowns What’s the difference between a tantrum and a meltdown? Tantrums are short-lived and tend to subside if nobody’s paying attention. But if you’re the parent of a child under 5, you’ve dealt with at least one full-blown public meltdown — and today, I’ll help you understand why they happen and how […]
October 12th, 2016Why Do Kids Ask So Many Questions?
Why DO Kids Ask So Many Questions? A UK survey of 1,000 moms from a couple of years ago showed that preschool-aged girls ask approximately 288 questions per day – and if you’re the parent of an inquisitive preschooler, that’s around one question every two minutes and 36 seconds. You’re probably more exhausted than your child […]
October 3rd, 2016Math is NOT Just for Boys
Is Math JUST for Boys? According to an academic study* done by University of Washington researchers on 247 children aged 6-10, American kids grow up hearing that “math is for boys” — and that stereotype becomes ingrained in our gender-based identities as early as second grade. Researchers gave participants timed self-concept and word-association tests using a computer. In […]
September 26th, 2016The Spelling Bee
A Change of Mind-Set The complaint I hear most often from parents during this get-back-to-school time of year is how hard it is to change their child’s mindset from an all-day of play to an all day at school. After delving into the topic even further with the parent, they usually relay the same story […]
September 13th, 2016The Lying Experiment
Did you know there is a connection between high IQs and the ability to lie well? We want to instill in them a desire to be truth tellers, of course. But it is something you can do and watch for in your highly intelligent children. Read the lying experiment we tried and see if that […]
August 25th, 2016Turning Everyday Activities into Learning Experiences for Children
Turning Everyday Activities into Learning! Much of what IQ or intelligence tests measure is knowledge gained through life experience, not just nursery school. From the moment a child is born, his mind soaks up what he sees and hears around him. If you just listen and talk to your child as you go about your […]
August 19th, 20167 Abilities Your Child Needs for Testing Success
As you ready your child for back to school, there will be tests. This list will help you to both analyze the areas, where your child needs to build skills and abilities, and to see confidently where he or she is currently secure. 7 Abilities Your Child Needs for Testing Success 1. Language: Receptive and Expressive Receptive […]