Children should not spend their days sitting in front of screens and being inactive. They need to move to help their bodies and brains develop properly. Unfortunately, inactivity is exactly what our world seems to be encouraging them to do. It's important to teach kids about the benefits of fitness and to help them channel their natural energy in productive ways.
Whether you are on an extended road trip or just on your way to the grocery store, it’s common for children to get bored during the ride. This can lead to undesirable behaviors like making loud, annoying noises, fighting, and kicking your seat. If this is an issue you deal with on a regular basis, here are some tips that can help you and your child find relief.
Whether your child responds to your directions by saying, “In a minute!” or he ignores your commands completely, dealing with a child who doesn’t follow directions can be frustrating. Some parents respond by doing the task themselves, while others resort to yelling or nagging in an effort to gain compliance.
If your child doesn’t follow your instructions the first time you speak, examine the
Organizational psychologist Adam Grant says protecting kids from struggle may be counterproductive. He shared one tactic he uses with his own children.
A lack of impulse control is at the root of many behavior problems. An impulsive 6-year-old may hit when he doesn't get his way and an impulsive 16-year-old may share inappropriate content on social media without thinking about the potential ramifications.
Without appropriate intervention, impulsive behaviors can get worse over time. But the good news is, you can teach your child impulse control techniques.
The more impulse control your child gains, the less likely he'll be to grab things out of your hand and he'll be more likely to...
Mentally strong kids are prepared for the challenges of the world. They’re able to tackle problems, bounce back from failure, and cope with hardships.
To be clear, mental strength isn't about acting tough or suppressing emotions. It's also not about being unkind or acting defiant.
Instead, mentally strong kids are resilient and they have the courage and confidence to reach their full potential.
Helping kids develop mental strength requires a three-pronged approach: teaching them to replace negative thoughts with more realistic thoughts, helping them learn to control their emotions so their emotions don’t control them, and showing them how to take positive action.