Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Resiliency, Competency & Self Esteem!

Life coping skills are essential for our teens. It is so important for us to help our kids become more self resilient.  The resiliency creates competency which grows self esteem!

This is a good list to aim for. Many of the tools in The Tool Box can help us help our kids Chap 3: Nuts & Bolts, Communication; Chap 4: The Level, Emotional literacy, Chap 6: 3-in-1 Oil, The Art of Compromise and Chap 9: The Glue, Self Esteem and confidence.

Even during the best of times, parents wonder whether their teens are developing all the skills they need to be successful in life. A problem in this “appraisal” process is that parents see their teens in some of their most regressed and infantile states—when they are at home with their families! Furthermore, new neuroscience research indicates that the human brain does not reach maturity until a person reaches their early twenties. So, how do parents of teens know what to look for in the development of life skills?

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014



The Wild, Wonderful Teenage Brain: Hardwired to Test Parental Patience?

Understanding the teen aged brain.... Science is giving us insight into how the brain is wired and how it matures. This is valuable information as we try to stay connected with our teens.
Are you fuming with anger, sick with worry or just plain bewildered? You’re probably living with a thrill-seeking, risk-embracing teenager, simultaneously capable of precocious wisdom and incredibly foolish choices.  Although teen transgressions, such as driving too fast, skipping curfew or choosing delinquent pals, may seem like personal affronts, this behavior actually may have very little to do with you, says Temple University psychology professor and researcher Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D. According to Steinberg, teens act differently because their brains are, in fact, different.
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Tuesday, April 8, 2014


Are Punishments and Consequences Different?  YES!

"Cause and effect are fundamentally different from a child doing something, and the parent (or school) giving them a "consequence." That's not a consequence at all, but a punishment. The result of this is that our children don't learn a valuable lesson. Instead, the result is that they resent us. And resentment leads to further acting out on the child's part."

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014


Creativity and Failure... Why they go hand in hand!

"Sometimes, the ideas fail and they move on. They have to learn to adapt and I love that...How can you not love something that makes your kid enjoy going to school?"
Sara Born

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