Helping Kids Benefit From Their Love of Music

I once heard someone say that a singing child is a happy child. When children throw tantrums, they don’t sing. They sing when they’re playing with toys or splashing in the tub. As a father and a researcher, I’ve learned that music and children are inseparable. And this relationship is so powerful that music can […]

Why Parents Should Teach Optimism, And How to Do It

When it comes to the thought processes of optimism, one of the most important habits of mind that children can develop is optimism. Children who practise optimistic thinking are more resilient, they are less likely to give up in the face of challenge and they tend to interpret experiences in a way that gives them […]

The 10 Most Powerful Things You Can Say to Your Kids

Effective conversation helps parents create lasting, meaningful relationships with their kids. These 10 powerful statements can get you started on your way. The Pew Research Center recently showed parents across America a list of 10 skills, asking the question: “Which of these skills is most important for a child to get ahead in the world […]

5 Ways to Bully-Proof Your Kid

Did you know that 25% of public schools report that bullying among kids happens on a daily or weekly basis? And that 1 in 5 high school students report being bullied in the past year? The good news is that because bullying has made national headlines, schools and communities (and even celebrities) are taking a […]

Raising a Powerful Girl

How do you raise a powerful girl and what does that mean? Powerful girls grow up feeling secure in themselves. They learn to take action, making positive choices about their own lives and doing positive things for others. They think critically about the world around them. They express their feelings and acknowledge the feelings and […]

6 Ways to Maximize Digital Screen Time

The many claims made by the technology industry may persuade you that there is no limit to the educational value of computers, e-readers and even smart phones. Like other toys and tools within your child’s reach, however, digital screen time is likely to serve your child best when it extends natural play. You’ll want to […]

How Dads Create a Blueprint for Relationships

Today, many dads are far more involved in raising their children than at any other time in history. They play an active role in everything from paternity leave to diaper changing and from drop-offs to pick-ups. Dads are homework helpers and soccer coaches. There are dads who stay at home while their partner works. Other fathers, […]