Month: November 2014

Underestimating your child

Wherever I look these days I see articles and commentators making a big thing about not pushing children and that they should be free to enjoy their childhood rather than being thrown into formal learning. I couldn’t agree more, however, it is a shame that so many of these arguments and articl

Undue Praise

Good job! Well done! Nice work! I myself use these words often. It is something that we have all done and we will no doubt continue to do through forces of habit, but just how useful are these words? GoStrengthsOnline recommend 3 ways to praise children without using these terms and why it is so im

Processed Meat

Processed meats have been in the news for some time now and gained some notoriety in terms of health problems but before we get into that, take a look at how some of these foods are made. Processed meats are generally higher in calories than fresh meat so add to unhealthy weight gain. They al

The Stanford Marshmallow Test

What is the Marshmallow test and just why is it an important? In the test children are sat down in front of a tasty marshmallow treat. They are told that they have a choice. They can either eat the marshmallow now or wait 15 minutes and they will receive two marshmallows instead. Which option would

Manners for the sake of manners

There is a huge difference between teaching children polite manners and asking them to regurgitate phrases like “thank you” and “please”. When we tell children to say polite things or say good morning to others, we are doing more damage than good. Simply forcing a child to