Making Your Child Feel Important

7 Ways to show your child s/he belongs and is important to the family (and counting…) Children love feeling significant in real ways, so give them chores with responsibility that carries consequences for the family. A 3-year-old can set the cutlery. A 13-year-old can...

Name that feeling

Only half jokingly I have often said that this one skill could change our world. I find that Elaine Mazlish and Adele Faber explain and illustrate it best in their book How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk. Even as an experienced clinical...

Gratitude is Everywhere

Do I need to feel gratitude first and then express it or the other way round? A few years ago New York Time columnist Arthur C. Brooks addressed the chicken or egg conundrum about gratitude and found studies which strongly suggest that we can cultivate gratitude. A...

4 Basic Needs of Children, 2 Essential

(& 4 Misguided Ways Children Try to Get Those Needs Met) in 8 Parts When I recently concluded a parenting course and asked participants what they’d take with them on the journey, most of them referred to the teaching on the two fundamental needs of children, so I...

What is our job as parents?

Lani R Hill, co-founder of the nascent Children’s Movement [link to interview on THHP?] proposes that parents and teachers see themselves more as “soul guides.” Soul in this sense means simply the essence of that child’s being. What are his or her core traits and...