PW! Update Feb. 16, 2021
Nurturing Curiosity And Invention: How Parents Can Put Their Children On The Path To Innovation
Children combine familiar elements to solve problems. Parents and teachers can foster curiosity and invention, which leads to innovation.
In December 2020, Gitanjali Rao, a 15-year-old inventor from Colorado, was named Kid of the Year by Newsweek. Showered with accolades, children like Rao are often treated as if they are unicorns, completely different than others their age. But that need not be the case. Virtually everyone begins life with the necessary building blocks to construct new ideas (defined here as a solution to a problem or an explanation for phenomena). However, by age five, only some children are still on a path to become adept at such thinking, while most leave it farther and farther behind. But such a fate is not inevitable.
What would it take to help all children be able and eager to pursue ideas? The answer lies in two processes that begin during the early years: inquiry and invention. If you have ever watched three-year-olds at play, you have seen how children first pursue ideas. It usually begins with a problem: A child wants to fashion a tent out of blankets and pillows, understand why some bugs fly and others do not, or figure out how far the stars extend in the sky. Parents and teachers can fan the flames of children’s natural drive to think things through. To do so, adults should give children plenty of opportunities to solve the problems that grab them, spend time talking with them about the intellectual puzzles that haunt them, and guide them to test their speculations and revise their ideas. Parents and teachers should also be willing to talk with children about things that are unfamiliar, unknown, and perhaps even uncomfortable. By building on children’s powerful drive to inquire, invent, and mull over complex problems, adults can help them become avid, supple, and astute thinkers.
“What would it take to help all children be able and eager to pursue ideas? The answer lies in two processes that begin during the early years: inquiry and invention.”
Do You Want Your Child To Obey You? Give Them Due Process
Research shows that parents’ legitimacy increases when they set rules based on morality and safety. Constructive practices are more effective than harsh ones.
As children move into their preteen years, they increasingly differentiate between rules and obey the ones they think are legitimate. One of the most promising ways to bolster parents’ legitimacy is to treat children fairly.
Parents often try to make their children comply with rules through punishments, but in our study, parental practices of procedural justice predicted obedience more strongly than did punishments. Procedural justice practices include allowing children to give their side of the story, explaining to them why they are being reprimanded, and talking politely.
“Research shows that parents’ legitimacy increases when they are fair judges.”
How to Handle Big Temper Tantrums Over Little Things
by Ariadne Brill.
Don’t you absolutely love it when your child giggles and embraces you with so much happiness in their heart?
When children are happy, we tend to join in their fun and feel a sense of ease.
Tears and temper tantrums on the other hand can be hard to accept, let alone deal with in a calm way.
I am a certified parent educator, and not once in the last decade has a parent told me that they enjoy their child’s temper tantrums!
It doesn’t matter whether your child is 2, 12 or 22… we can all agree that tantrums are not desirable. Tears, screams and meltdowns are hardly something we want to see our child go through. Understandably, it can be difficult to stay calm and respond nicely when a child has a massive temper tantrum.
When parents reach out to me for coaching and support, how to handle their child’s temper tantrums is a very common concern.
NEWS / RESEARCH
Kids of the Covid generation: The road ahead
Source: Knowable Magazine
What will become of children growing up during the pandemic? There’s reason for concern, but the research on resilience is reassuring. A developmental psychologist explains what adults can do to protect youngsters from long-term harm.
Stop Trying to Raise Successful KidsAnd start raising kind ones. by Adam Grant and Allison Sweet Grant
As anyone who has been called out for hypocrisy by a small child knows, kids are exquisitely attuned to gaps between what grown-ups say and what grown-ups do. If you survey American parents about what they want for their kids, more than 90 percent say one of their top priorities is that their children be caring. This makes sense: Kindness and concern for others are held as moral virtues in nearly every society and every major religion. But when you ask children what their parents want for them, 81 percent say their parents value achievement and happiness over caring.
Check out additional articles here: https://www.adamgrant.net/writing/articles/
10 PSYCHOLOGIST RECOMMENDED BOOKS THAT GOT KIDS THROUGH 2020
Psychologists have released a list of 10 books to help build your children up emotionally!
After the year we just had, it’s SO important that we foster our children’s emotional growth so that they deal with stress & anxiety, embrace their uniqueness, understand they are loved, and much more!
Let's be honest: 2020 wasn't easy for anyone... And when it comes to our children, it can be very difficult to explain the complicated events going on in the world. Psychologists everywhere have noticed an uptick in children experiencing anxiety, stress, confusion, and other issues that have come as a result of 2020. We should note that these are completely normal things for children to experience, but what is the best way to work through these feelings? Many psychologists have turned to children's books to teach young readers how to deal with their emotions. Here’s a list of the books that these psychologists are recommending to children, each one has been tried and tested with overwhelmingly positive results.
RIGHT NOW, I AM FINE BY DANIELA OWEN
This book is a mindfully written self-help guide to aid children in dealing with stress and anxiety, by uncovering their emotions and following a simple calming routine. Dr. Daniela Owen, Ph.D. is a clinical child psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She works primarily with children, adolescents, and their families and specializes in using evidence-based treatments to help with managing anxiety, worry, anger, and low mood. Through her children’s books, Daniela brings to life concepts and strategies that can be helpful for children everywhere.
I CAN YELL LOUDER BY JENNIFER GAITHER
A great resource for dealing with frustrated children, this book teaches that you don't have to yell and throw a tantrum to get what you want. We know how kids can get when they haven't left the house all day or are just plain angry about not getting what they want. This book will help your child understand how to communicate what they want in the proper way!
ZEN PIG: THE ART OF GRATITUDE BY MARK BROWN
Zen Pig might just be the cutest way to help your child learn how to focus their emotions when they are stressed out or anxious. Zen Pig teaches children the value of gratitude, mindfulness, and compassion in a way that's easy for them to understand. This inspiring book is one of the best ways to help your child learn about their emotions. Especially in trying times, this book is sure to help your child calm down.
RIGHT NOW, I AM BRAVE BY DANIELA OWEN
In the second book of her Right Now series, Dr. Daniela Owen, Ph.D., provides an excellent tool for parents to help their children learn what it means to be brave. Dr. Owen explains the choice that we all have when we face situations that may make us anxious or fearful. This book is perfect for the uncertain times we face today and can be very effective in teaching children how to deal with their fears
A MOTHER'S LOVE BY MARILEE JOY MAYFIELD
Psychologist's say that the most important thing we can do for our children is let them know they are loved, especially when the world around them seems to be falling apart. The special bond a mother shares with her children is one of the most powerful forces of nature. This beautifully written book will help your child understand the unconditional amount of love you have for them.
REVERIE: I BELIEVE IN ME BY APRIL AND JACK JONES
Inspire your child’s greatness - learn from a unicorn! This amazing book is perfect for teaching children to follow their passions in life. It follows the story of Reverie the unicorn as she follows each one of her passions, despite the people doubting her. We could all use some hope after the year we just had, and this book is full of it! Psychologists have noticed that this book is quick to enliven the spirits of children who may be sad or frustrated.Believe in yourself and your dreams, even when no one around believes in you, because with hard work and diligence, any dream can be achieved!
THE SECRET WORDS BY DOMINIC ANGLIM
A huge part of helping children feel better is helping them build their self-confidence. This book is written to do exactly that! Follow Rija the lemur's adventure through the Madagascar forest and learn about the importance of self-confidence! When Rija discovers 4 "secret words," she realizes that she can do anything she puts her mind to. The illustrations in this book are adorable and your child will learn to believe in themselves by the end of this exciting story. Psychologists love the meaningful, yet fun the lessons in this book.
A FRIEND IS SOMEONE WHO.... BY MARILEE JOY MAYFIELD
This fun, rhyming book is great for children who are beginning to make friendships and understand what it means to care for someone else. Psychologists often recommend it as a resource when helping socialize children. It focuses on values such as compassion, empathy, and kindness. This book also dives into self-love and teaches children the importance of becoming their own friend, especially during hard times.
FIONA FLAMINGO BY RACHEL URRUTIA CHU
Fiona Flamingo is recommended by psychologists to help children understand and manage their feelings. This colorfully illustrated book teaches that it's ok if you don't understand your emotions and it's ok to be scared, angry, and sad at times. It's a great resource for helping children see that their differences are a good thing and that being unique should not be looked down upon. And the story is so much fun!
RIGHT NOW, I AM KIND BY DANIELA OWEN
Sometimes children just want to think about themselves, but we live in a world with lots of other people. It's important to be aware of and kind to all of these other people. This book is a guide for children to help them understand why being aware is important, and what actions they can do to show kindness. In the third book of her Right Now series, Dr. Daniela Owen, Ph.D. helps children learn what it means to be kind and aware of other people.
11 Simple Self-Care Habits for Kids
Self-care isn’t selfish — it’s a basic need of being human! By teaching your child simple acts of self-care and including nurturing routines into your family life, you can show that taking care of ourselves, and each other, is important.
Caring for yourself isn’t simply taking a bubble bath (though it can be!), but it’s building in sustainable routines of taking breaks, naming feelings, and caring for your body. Creating healthy habits of rest at a young age empowers kids to continue to be resilient in all life brings. What a gift to give your kids!
As a parent, it’s easy to get so caught up in my grown-up problems that I forget my kids have struggles of their own. It can also be easy to forget that children absorb grown-up tensions, too. My family of six has been balancing remote learning along with the disappointments of not being able to gather with friends and family as we’ve used to, and it hasn’t been easy on any of us.
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