I am constantly having an inner struggle with myself about how I raise my kids. I know, we all are. For me, the questions revolve mostly around: am I pushing them enough? Am I pushing them too hard? I grew up amongst a circle of high achieving athletes and they are the ones I often … Continue reading The Power of Habit: a book for building thriving, high achievers.
//www.youtube.com/get_player What a breakthrough! Annika has been taking violin since October. Until yesterday she had only done many different finger and muscle strengthening exercises. To be honest it’s been a struggle. I got mad at her after last week’s class and came close to quitting classes all together. I know I sound like a tiger … Continue reading It’s NOT about the violin.
I’ve mentioned before that I’ve had some of the roughest weeks with P lately. Everything is a power struggle. Dinner time in particular has been horrific. She doesn’t want to eat. She doesn’t want to use utensils. But, put a piece of cake in front of her and she can eat like an aristocrat with … Continue reading Lessons in Parenthood
I don’t know why my life feels so busy lately. At night, when I usually write I’m exhausted. I’ve been sleeping more…. like 10-12 hrs a night. One reason could be because P has been a handful. Terrible twos are nothing compared to the attitude 3 brings. Her defiance is shocking. I know she’s teething … Continue reading Defiance
Part of our pre-school transition program includes parenting discussions. We reached a topic that I’m having a real hard time with: giving children too much praise. We all read an article called “Five Reasons to Stop Saying”Good Job!” ” by Alfie Kohn. I understand the concept behind the theory but I’ve been having a hard … Continue reading Too Much Praise?
As I mentioned, I’ve had a few rough days with P. A couple days ago she didn’t want to pick up her toys. After asking several times and in many different ways I finally said “ok, no more toys”. I picked up everything from her play table and put it away in boxes and bags. … Continue reading Consequences
Discipline seems to be a four letter word to people of our generation. I think it conjours up memories of how our parents disciplined us; spanking, yelling and making us feel lousy all around. There is a backlash happening where no discipline seems to be the alternative choice. Parents are afraid of making their child … Continue reading Discipline