WHY SHOULD YOUR KIDS COOPERATE? “You can make a child do what you want it to do by a whip or a threat. But these crude methods have sharply undesirable repercussions. … I am very fond of strawberries and cream, but I find that for some strange reason fish prefer worms. So when I go fishing … I don’t bait the hook with strawberries and cream. … The only way on earth to influence the other fellow … [Read more...] about WHY SHOULD YOUR KIDS COOPERATE?
GROWING UP WITH YOUR KIDS Parents storm at their kids, “When are you going to grow up?” Kids whine to each other, “I can’t wait till I’m all grown up.” Adults roll their eyes at peers who lick lollipops: “He’s forty years old and refuses to grow up.” Everyone’s goal should be to keep growing up in the best sense, throughout their lifetimes. Here’s a challenge for parents: every month … [Read more...] about GROWING UP WITH YOUR KIDS
BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP Fill in the blank: “When I was your age I didn’t have...” “When I was your age I was...” “When I was your age I knew better than to...” However you ended those sentences, I can predict one thing: your children aren’t that interested. Especially if you’re planning to tell them a few things about how ungrateful or irresponsible they are. “Times Have … [Read more...] about BRIDGING THE GENERATION GAP
The Skill of Stick-To-Itiveness One would think that stick-to-itiveness—also known as perseverance or determination—would be employed daily in every home, school, and office. Every one of us is born rich in that trait: witness the number of times any toddler falls and gets up before learning to walk consistently. Yet many adults—and even children as young as five or six—run their lives according … [Read more...] about The Skill of Stick-To-Itiveness
“IT TAKES FOREVER TO GROW UP!” Why should Christmas be the only holiday honored with the catchphrase “keep that spirit all year round”? The values at the “heart” of Arguments of “You aren’t old enough” vs. “But I can handle it!!!” have been a bone of parent–child contention since our ancestors lived in caves. It doesn’t help that kids think privileges should come before responsibilities, … [Read more...] about “IT TAKES FOREVER TO GROW UP!”