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).
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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.
Here is part 2 from the New York Times excellent series on mindfulness for children... the big takeaway? Mindfulness training can be applied at every age to foster resiliance. Don’t make mindfulness seem like something only to be used in times of trouble — present it across a child's development as a tool to be used in a variety of situations.
The New York Times has recently released a series of Well Guides describing how children of all ages can benefit from mindfulness - the simple practice of bringing a gentle, accepting attitude to the present moment. In this installment we look at impacts on infants. In our next installment, we'll continue on with how mindfulness training can impact Toddlers, Young Children, Older Children and Teens...
In the last few years mindfulness has emerged as a way of treating children and adolescents with conditions ranging from ADHD to anxiety, autism spectrum disorders, depression and stress. The science for kids is in...
Kids in social-emotional learning programs that are coupled with mindfulness show greater empathy, perspective-taking, and emotional control. Learn why kid-focused mindfulness training (the kind we spearhead and practice at Kidevolve) can and should be a key ingredient in SEL learning programs at home and at school.
Kid's doing mindfulness doesn’t have to mean 20 minutes of quietly sitting and taking deep breaths. In fact, this is exactly the wrong approach for most young children. Starting to think about different ways of getting kids the benefits of a regular mindfulness practice, without all the boring bits, is EXACTLY what we're all about at Kidevolve...