Sign up

All Ages

Why Don't They Like Me? 30 Social Skill Shortcomings

Chloe has many friends. She is 13 years old. Making and keeping a friend was never a problem for her. The phone is ringing at home and her mother is the ‘driver’ around town. Weekends are packed with playdates at home, with many slumber parties happening. Being invited to birthday parties is a weekly event. Chloe’s mother, Julia, is glad that her daughter has many friends.

Read more ...

What's in a Word? Five Encouraging Things to Say to Kids

It’s no secret that kids need encouragement to thrive. But what exactly does encouragement sound like? It’s different than praise or admiration or guidance. It is common to want to give evaluative feedback to kids for their work (“Good coloring!”) or to tell them what we like about their accomplishments (“I like how you set the table”) or what we expect of their behavior (“You need to try your best at school today”). Though these kinds of responses are well meaning, they teach kids to rely on our evaluations rather than to learn to form their own judgments about behavior.

Read more ...

Gifts of the Introverted Mom

Ah, spring - green shoots, swelling streams and family schedules bulging with soccer, T-ball and end-of-year field trips! It’s enough to make an introverted mom wish for winter’s return!

Read more ...

Parenting Challenges - New Ways To Look At Common Problems

In today’s world, it’s easy for parents to feel competitive and to think they need to parent their children the way “everybody’s doing it,” says family therapist and educator Michael Gurian, author of Nurture The Nature: Understanding and Supporting Your Child’s Unique Core Personality (Jossey-Bass). But it’s important to understand your child as an individual and to set healthy limits that work for your family, he says. We asked Gurian’s advice on some of today’s common parenting challenges.

Read more ...

Calgary’s Child Magazine © 2024 Calgary’s Child