Esther Wojcicki is the author of How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results. She comes at child-rearing from a practical and thought-provoking perspective, arguing that many of us have gone too far on keeping our kids safe, removing obstacles and scheduling their time - to their detriment… instead of empowering them to make choices, fail, figure it out. We particularly love her acronym “TRICK” (Trust, respect, Independence, Collaboration, Kindness).
We’ve known for a long time that boys and men face insurmountable odds in trying to navigate regular human emotions while adhering to the ever-present ‘bro-code’ - which requires them to be tough, in control, dominant, emotionless… never a tattler and not a sissy.
This incredible documentary on the North American "boy crisis" explains how to raise a healthier generation of men and features interviews with experts and academics, as well as thought-provoking commentary from real-life boys and men who live this conundrum every day as their reality.
We’re so excited to announce (drum roll)… that our Creative Mind Journeys are finally live on Apple Podcasts! Thank you to all of our wonderful supporters, creative talent, business advisors and volunteers! Because of you, we’ve produced an incredible offering of free, first-of-their-kind audio tracks to get kids turned on to mindfulness in a totally novel way. We began this journey with love and a mighty vision, and we’ve received this back tenfold. Special shoutout to Jeff Warren - whose incredible spirit, creativity, meditative wizardry and extreme generosity has allowed us to hone our style and expand our blueprint with tons of integrity. Much gratitude also goes out to Hope, Sophia, Jason, Amy, Christine, Marni, Alex, Nick, Kathleen, Sonja, Ella, Connor and Michael - all early champions and essential contributors to where we are today.
So…. to get started, go to the Kidevolve Imaginarium Podcast in Apple Podcasts and click on Subscribe. Then, grab some kids aged 6-12 (preferably ones you know) and have a listen to our latest selection of tracks - now re-organized into courses to address key EQ learning areas like Self-Control, Sleep, Resilience and Empathy!
Only three short years ago, CBC launched a series of groundbreaking videos called Small Talk. Their big idea is to talk to real kids about issues like fear, friendship, love, mistakes, sharing. The videos are about 3 minutes long and feature a wide range of natural conversions with all type of kids.
Small Talk is a show about kids, for kids, by kids! Host Dave Keystone sits down with spirited kids to chat one-on-one about a variety of topics that cover both the serious and silly. Shot in the beautiful Canadian countryside, Small Talk is fun, insightful and completely unscripted.
Check them out! They are very real, on target, uncontrived and illuminating.
Want to hear an exceptional podcast on how to raise great kids?
Barbara Coloroso is an internationally recognized speaker and author in the areas of parenting, teaching, school discipline, nonviolent conflict resolution, reconciliatory justice, and grieving. Her bestselling books include kids are worth it! , Parenting through Crisis, and The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander.
Check out this Knowledge Project podcast - one of the best we’ve heard on parenting in some time. Here, Shane Parrish interviews Barbara as she shares her foundational principles of child-rearing, how to get kids to be accountable for their actions, and what we can do as parents to raise confident, happy children.
Some of our favourite Barbara Coloroso quotes:
I came up with three basic tenets. One, kids are worth it. I believe they're worth our time, energy and resources to help them become all they can become. Second, I won't treat them in a way I, myself, would not want to be treated. And third, it must leave my dignity and the child's dignity intact.
Praise-dependent, reward-dependent children make wonderful henchmen for bullies. They will do the bully's bidding because they want whatever reward that bully is dangling in front of them.
If you make a mistake, it's a very simple formula. Simple doesn't make it easy. With a mistake, you own it, you fix it, you learn from it and you move on.
Deep caring is not liking somebody. I tell kids, “You do not have to like every kid in this classroom, but you must honor their humanity.” Deep caring is a must to relieve somebody else's suffering, and wishing them well, which by the way, is the antithesis of mean and cruel.
Ever wondered what it takes to create one of Kidevolve’s super engaging Creative Mind Journey audio tracks or why kids like them so much? Check out our second podcast where 10 year old Ella Davies interviews our lead creator Jeff Warren about his favourite Kidevolve characters and why he thinks learning mindfulness is cool for kids of all ages.
Jeff and Ella find a comfortable groove, chatting and sharing information about why mindfulness is important and how it can help kids learn more about what’s going on inside.
This much we know: Taking deep breaths relieves stress in your body; compassion relieves stress in relationships. Understanding that both are psychophysiological phenomena can impact how we parent and how we teach the next generation to function better in the world. Also, we need to realize that not every child is born with the same compassion ‘set-point’, so helping kids build and enhance what they start with is essential for healthy communities in the future.
There are, of course, many ways to introduce kids to Mindfulness meditation. We’ve discovered this deck of 55 innovative mindfulness games for kids, brought to you by Susan Kaiser Greenland (author of Mindful Games and The Mindful Child) and Annaka Harris (author of CONSCIOUS: A Brief Guide to the Fundamental Mystery of the Mind and the children's book I Wonder).