Michele Borba, EdD, is an educational psychologist and parenting and child expert who is recognized for her practical, solution-based strategies to build strong families and strengthen children s behavior and character. Dr.…
Here are common causes of kid slacking (kids who dawdle, put things off until the last minute, are unorganized, have poor time management skills, and cut corners) that shouldn't be overlooked: Are expectations for your child appropriate? Could he be slacking because that violin class is over his head? Or that math class is way too easy? Meet with adult in charge to ensure expectations are ... Read More »
Slackers are kids who procrastinate, dawdle, cut corners or just take the easy way just in time for back-to-school. Sound like your kid? "I don't care! I quit -- this is too hard." "Why don't ... Read More »
Studies find that kids are most influenced by those persons toward whom they feel the strongest attachment and deepest respect. They are more likely to copy these individuals' moral beliefs. One of ... Read More »
If you've been clear with your expectations about cursing, yet it still continues, it's time to set a consequence. Here are things to do for "repeat offenders:" Create a swear jar. Each time the ... Read More »
Studies show that it takes a minimum of 21 days for children -- and adults! -- to learn a new social skill. So help your child rehearse the skill until she can transfer (or use) the skill in real ... Read More »
Once you tune up your communication skills, your next step is to tweak your conversation topics. If communication with your child has shut down a bit, then start with topics that interest and excite ... Read More »
The good news is that social skills can easily be taught. Studies from UCLA and Duke University -- as well as countless of other child development institutions -- prove that even children with the ... Read More »
Research from Concordia University, Florida Atlantic University and the University of Vermont puts the importance of helping our children learn friendship-making skills up a notch. The three-year ... Read More »
Here are ways to help your child make friends and adapt to moving to new surrounds: Visit the surroundings As soon as convenient, let your kids get acquainted. Go to the local library, ... Read More »
To help your child feel emotionally safe after a tragedy: - Anticipate Concerns: Kids zero in on those violent terms faster than we do and depending on their age may misinterpret those events. ... Read More »

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