A foundation piece of self-esteem is a child’s growing sense of skills and abilities. Are they being challenged? Are they learning new things? An easy way to build this in is giving challenges in play. If they are building with blocks, challenge them to build it taller. If they are climbing, challenge them to do … Continue reading Giving Challenges Builds Self Esteem
I am the mom of two daughters. Claire is 12 years old, and Alicen is 15. They are both active, healthy, fun-loving and kind. They have great friends. Among other things like volleyball and playing guitar, Alicen enjoys shopping and I enjoy taking her. After reading an online article about the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch, … Continue reading (Why I Will) NEVER Shop at Abercrombie & Fitch Again
Hi Dr. Rene, My two-and-a-half-year-old is going through a lot of the typical two year old stuff. He has a growing imagination, talks lots, tests boundaries and is experiencing new fears. I am taking this all in stride, but I do find myself thinking that he doesn’t seem very resilient. He seems so sensitive to … Continue reading Helping a Child Be Resilient
It’s an all too familiar scenario… Mom is almost ready to leave, children are still coloring in the kitchen. Mom says, “hey, time to get your shoes on, and could you turn off the tv, please?” Mom keeps moving to put the breakfast dishes in the sink. Children ignore mom’s request and keep coloring. Mom … Continue reading Want Kids to Listen? Stop Repeating Yourself!
I really wanted to like the new America’s Supernanny program on Lifetime. I had high hopes that the Supernanny would share valuable information with families about positive discipline and child development issues. Afterall, they advertise her as “saving families” and providing families “guidance and assistance on how to best raise their children.” I’ve tuned in for two … Continue reading America’s Supernanny Tired and Confused
Go deep in their interests. If your child is excited about dinosaurs, go to the dinosaur museum, get the dinosaur books, puppets and videos, learn about paleontology online or go on a fossil dig. Share your own interests. If you are a gardener, get them in the garden with you, or get them a children’s … Continue reading Self-Esteem Tips – The Easy Way
Provide challenges in play – Challenges in play give children practice at rising to the occassion, at testing their skills and trying new things. When they are building with blocks, challenge them to build taller. When they are working on mazes, challenge them to go faster. The more opportunity to meet new goals, the more … Continue reading Building Confidence