Life Lessons

Helping Children Learn Responsibility

Helping Children Learn Responsibility

Making Reward Changes

Making Reward Changes
The first and most important thing you need to do is stop giving material rewards for every little thing. It's an easy trap to fall into, but if you continue to do so, you're child will always want to know "What do I get for it"? You have to take a firm stand that you will not be giving rewards for every little thing.

Strategies To Curb Selfishness

Strategies To Curb Selfishness
The first most important thing is that parents need to know that there's no gene for "spoiled". So along the way, our kids do come hard-wired for the capacity to feel for others, as long as we nurture it, and I think that's the gift you're really trying to instill in your child.

Teaching Fairness And Values

Teaching Fairness And Values
I strive to be fair and just to others regardless of their age. I am teaching my 4-year old son to relate to others in a very just and ethical manner.
My father always said that he lived with his neighbors in mind. This was another way of saying he lived in harmony with his surroundings. I believe that this harmony is a result of fair, moral and ethical values.

Appreciation And Blessings

Appreciation And Blessings
We find that our lives are hectic; we're busy with school, work and volunteering and there are so many things and people that we take for granted. We just don't take time to appreciate the things that we do for each other in our home, at work, at school. So I had an idea that I would have my children write down some of the things that they are thankful for.

Helping Kids Understand Cultural Differences

Helping Kids Understand Cultural Differences

Parenting Priorities

Parenting Priorities

We have a pretty unusual situation. I have quadruplets, 3 1/2 year old girls, and then I have a baby boy who is 20 months old. So right off the bat it is not typical these days for a mom to have 5 children when she's 30 years old.

Teaching Kids About Currency

Teaching Kids About Currency

I have traveled abroad quite extensively. One night at home some years ago, I was dumping change from my pocket, and some of the bills fell out too. My 4 year old daughter thought that these bills were all called “dollars”. In that instance I realized I had a wonderful opportunity to teach her about currency (and Cultures) from around the world.

Helping Young Children Make Friends

Remember to teach your kids if you want to have friends - you have to be friendly. Teach your kids to be friendly, how to say, "Will you play with me?"
Teach them to share and to take turns. You can also use a three minute timer to indicate when their turn is over. That makes a kid feel more secure that they have had their fair share of time.

Best/Worst Part Of Child's Day

Best/Worst Part Of Child's Day
Every night as we get ready for bed, I ask my son what were the best and worst parts of his day. I have always felt this helps him open up and at the same time gives me a little insight into his world.

I love to share in his delights, and on days when he does mention a "worst part", we can talk it over to see how we can make tomorrow better.

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