Curiosity, a devotion to passion, persistence, self-control, and a tolerance for failure are five of the most important skills shared by successful adults, according to Karen Quinn, an expert on school admissions and author of "Testing for Kindergarten." Her book covers all the ins and outs (and secrets) behind the world of intelligence tests. Here, she delves into what she discovered along the way about preparing your kids, beyond testing success, for life.
Lunch is important — it's a perfect chance to pencil in some much needed "me time" or do something healthy for yourself. Quit trying to power through the day. Instead, indulge in a mini-break daily. We've got eight reasons to love your lunch, plus tips on how to make the most out of your midday break.
Many kids look to professional athletes as role models, icons, and heroes. So when sports celebrities like Tiger Woods or Lance Armstrong get into trouble, they might feel let down. Here's advice on how to handle those tough situations and turn them into teachable moments.
Recapture your holiday spirit with these four simple steps, courtesy of family psychologist Dr. Susan Bartell.
If you decide to host a big family gathering during the holidays, you can make it into fun activity, and even get your kids involved in the process. Older children can help in the kitchen, while younger kids can be occupied with other activities. You can have a great Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Hanukah and an overall memorable holiday season you, your children and your family will remember forever.
Take a step back from the season's commercialism to give thanks for the small things in your life, and in turn teach your children to be more thankful and optimistic.
Crowded, bustling malls, repeated trips to the airport to fetch long-lost relatives, and the constant shuffling of cookies and turkey out of your oven can translate into one reaction: stress. Christmas may be the season of love and celebration, but sometimes holiday festivities can become overwhelming.
New clothes: Check. Hannah Montana backpack: Check. Transformers lunch box: Check. No. 2 pencils, color-coded notebooks, and butterflies in stomach: Check, check, check! A new school year means different teachers, unfamiliar kids, and a whole new routine. This can be stressful for even the most confident, easygoing child—and for parents, too. But work together, and those first days can be a good learning experience for the whole family!
Postpartum depression doesn’t just affect new mothers.
Children with low self-esteem may appear to be well adjusted, but their attitude oozes defeat.
Like it or not, moms are usually the home “sheriffs” and the ones charged with “putting out the fires.” Momagers® (mom and manager) must be great problem solvers who can quell the almost daily sibling or spousal flare-ups. Effective mothering, put simply, requires fine-tuned conflict management skills.
I’ve been studying optimism – and how to teach it to children – for more than 15 years. The research is clear: optimism is a critical skill for happiness, health and success.
New pilot program in Rockland schools
When Alissa Torres was seven-and-a-half months pregnant, her husband, Eddie, started a new job at the World Trade Center. His second, and final, day was September 11, 2001. Widowed, Torres went on to give birth to the couple’s son, Joshua.