In Teaching Kids to Think, Dr. Darlene Sweetland and Dr. Ron Stolberg offer insight into the social, emotional, and neurological challenges unique to this generation. They identify the five parent traps that cause adults to unknowingly increase their children's need for instant gratification, and offer practical tips and easy-to-implement solutions to address topics relevant to children of all ages.
"In the aftermath of reading this book, I’ve caught myself from answering for my kids, giving them solutions, and so forth more often. I hope I can keep it up, because I am determined to raise kids who know how to think for themselves!" - Rebecca Reads
"Teaching Kids to Think will help you understand where this sense of entitlement comes from--and how to turn it around in order to raise children who are confident, independent, and thoughtful" - Hancock Public Library
A must-read for parents and educators, Teaching Kids to Think will help you understand where this sense of entitlement comes from – and how to turn it around in order to raise children who are confident, independent, and thoughtful." - Nonfiction Author Association
The average American child spends only four to seven minutes a day outdoors. Those same children devote more than seven hours daily to staring at screens, replacing reality with virtual alternatives. Most boys rack up more than 10,000 gaming hours before the age of twenty-one. Children can now recognize greater than
Over the past two generations, parenthood has gone through radical readjustments. As children went from helping on the farm to being the focus of relentless cosseting, they shifted from being our “employees” to our “bosses!” Even the most organized people have little to do to prepare themselves for having children. They
To parent perfectly is a mirage. There is no ideal parent and no ideal child. The Conscious Parent underscores the challenges that are a natural part of raising a child, fully understanding that, as parents, each of us tries the best we can with the resources we have. Thus, the objective
Giftedness should extend far beyond a category or a label; it should certainly not be confined to a score or an IQ or achievement test. The test simplifies the recognition of some talents, but the complex potential of a child’s talents, sustained interests, and special aptitudes cannot be represented by performance
Do you ever find yourself asking, after an especially agonizing interaction with your kids, “Can’t I do better than this? Can’t I handle myself better, and be more effective parent? Can’t I discipline in ways that calm the situation rather than create more chaos?” You want the bad behavior to stop,
There's nothing more frustrating than watching your bright, talented son or daughter struggle with everyday tasks like finishing homework, putting away toys, or following instructions at school. Your smart but scattered 4- to 13-year-old might also have trouble coping with disappointment or managing anger. Drs. Peg Dawson and Richard Guare have
The bottom line is that most things hold more meaning when they are earned than when they are given.
While athletics has so much to offer children in the way of teaching diligence, hard work, and perseverance, it can only do that if parents support those lessons.
While video games enable children to feel a temporary reprieve, it can be the start of a vicious cycle where alienation from the social demands of being with peers is relieved isolating oneself through game playing.
Children regularly say that the smart kids are the ones who don't have to study, and that school is easy for them.
it is very easy for them empathize with their children as they experience as the same trials and tribulations of confusing social dynamics and want to protect them.
Parents want to do everything in their power for their children, and that translates into feeling pushed to meet their needs quickly. In doing so, they enable a pattern of instant gratification.
Parents attempt social rescues including buying children the top brand-name clothes or electronic gadget so they will be accepted by their friends.
Parents get caught up in the hysteria that every grade and every assignment will impact their child's chances of getting into a choice college.
Often feel compelled to "save" their children from a negative experience by fixing their problems for them.