We all know that some kids are highly coordinated and great at sports and also seem to have a broad range of social and academic skills, while others have more strength and interest in a particular area, sport, the visual arts or in building something. Jason is highly coordinated, and loves all things physical, while […]
CONSISTENT Parenting is also about being CONSISTENT; consistent caring, consistent control, and consistent monitoring where needed. Children need to be cared for, given rules and structures for how to behave, along with being encouraged to explore the world on their own terms, consistently. This means daily, even hourly. (And yes, you can have bad days […]
CARING Parenting is, first of all, about CARING. Caring means love, kindness, compassion and helpfulness. Love and affection are the bedrock of healthy development. Kids know whether their parents care for them or not by the way they’re treated, no surprise. This means more than just putting food on the table. Adults are often distracted […]
Self-Actualization is a lifelong process for all of us, learning by doing to achieve our individual potential. A child needs a sense of security to have the confidence to grow and develop by exploring, experimenting and taking chances.
?There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. Hodding Carter
Motivation is about the fun of solving problems, and about perceiving the task at hand as being desirable, challenging, and worth the trouble of reaching that specific goal. It?s also about creating interest and relevance.
Adaptability is cultivating our unique blend of multiple intelligences to give us choices for resolving the problems we face. This means being goal-oriented, but also having a respect for different ideas and versatility in problem-solving.
Resilience is the ability to overcome adversity or trauma through intellectual and emotional strength. It is having confidence in one?s ability to resolve difficulties; and includes the executive functions of analysis, planning, logical thinking and problem-solving.
Fulfilling the needs for shelter, security and protection are essential for all other growth and learning. Children need to be safe ? physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.
Being tenacious is basically self-regulation ? a continued effort to manage your emotions and behavior to achieve a goal, and to make the right decisions, regardless of the difficulties or opposition. Tenacity is developing the toughness and stamina to stick with it long-term.