Is your child a braggart? 'I'm the smartest kid in school.' 'I've got more Lego than you!' 'I got a higher Math score than you did!' No, your child isn't being obnoxious. He's just learning social skills, and he doesn't know how to assert himself without putting people off. It's also normal for them to start comparing themselves to peers, and react to another child's … [Read more...] about What to do when your child keeps bragging
Social skills don't come naturally to young kids. Some are really shy and withdrawn, and others become a little bit too rough and pushy. Maybe they grab toys or insists on setting the rules (causing, of course, the shy kids to withdraw even more). Pushy or aggressive kids aren't bullies. They're just learning how to deal with others and to balance their own need for control … [Read more...] about Is your preschooler too pushy?
Studies show that children who excel in school don't necessarily have higher IQ's. What they do have is curiosity. This fuels their desire to learn more about the world, ask questions, read, and engage in classroom discussions. They don't hate school and they won't just give in minimum work just to pass. Building curiosity starts at home, and the good news is that its' not … [Read more...] about How to develop your child’s curiosity
It can be quite tricky to bring a young child to a restaurant. It's normal for a toddler or preschooler to grow restless, unruly and bored. Within minutes he will be running around the table, if not climbing right on top of it. And what if he breaks a glass or starts throwing food in the air? It's enough to make parents give up on eating out and resigning themselves to … [Read more...] about Tips on teaching toddlers restaurant manners
Children don't mean to be rude. They don't realize that some comments and behavior cross the line between being cute and funny, and being plain obnoxious. For example, they may have seen a cartoon character roll his eyes or shoot a witty comeback, and then tried to do that with you. Then they wonder why something that was perfectly okay on SpongeBob Square Pants has made Mommy … [Read more...] about What to do when your preschooler talks back