Discipline

Are You Better Than a Goldfish?

Rhonda Scharf | Posted 07.02.2015 | Canada Living
Rhonda Scharf

According to a recent study by Microsoft, the average attention span has dropped from 12 seconds in 2000, down to a pathetic eight seconds today. Believe it or not, a goldfish can concentrate for nine seconds. Why can't we focus?

Parents Need To STOP Shaming Children On Social Media!

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.22.2015 | Canada Parents

I’m calling the growing parenting trend of publicly shaming children on social media “digi-punishment.” Some recent examples that went viral are...

Kids Need You to Trust Them

Susan Valentine | Posted 05.14.2015 | Canada Parents
Susan Valentine

As parents and caregivers, how can we best help our children shape their sense of self? Trust. Through trusting them, demonstrating trustworthiness, and instilling a sense of trust. The more we trust our children, and are open to listening to their feelings and experiences, the more they learn to trust their own internal state.

Why Sticker Charts Are Risky Business For Kids

The Huffington Post Canada | Alyson Schafer | Posted 05.07.2015 | Canada Parents

We need to take a serious look at the sticker chart systems that have taken hold in this country. Just because they are mainstream doesn’t mean they...

Creative Discipline Tactics That Actually Work!

The Huffington Post Canada | Kristy Woudstra | Posted 04.28.2015 | Canada Parents

Coming up with effective discipline tactics is not an easy task. After repeat offenses by our kids, we often wonder if anything is sinking in and star...

How to Turn 'Status Quo' Into Status 'Go'

Kathy Buckworth | Posted 03.14.2015 | Canada Living
Kathy Buckworth

If we expect our children to not listen to us -- whether it's going to bed, eating a meal or not hitting their brother -- then I'm going to guess that, surprise, they're not going to listen to us. By the same token, if in the work world we expect our employees to keep doing the same things over and over again, in an inefficient way, that's exactly what they're going to do.

Don't Make Santa Your Parenting "Fall Guy"

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 02.19.2015 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

Sure, Santa may determine that a child's behaviour is not up to snuff and is therefore a reason to deny said child of gifts on Christmas Day. But why does Santa have to be the judge, jury and (figurative) executioner on December 25th? Whatever happened to parental responsibility and the ability to look one's child in the eye in an attempt to deliver the verdict?

University of Calgary Abortion Display Verdict Not a Victory for Free Speech

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 08.27.2014 | Canada Alberta
Samuel Mosonyi

The University of Calgary recently reversed the guilty verdict of seven pro-life students who were found guilty of non-academic misconduct for setting up a display with graphic photos comparing abortion to the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide. The court decision has been heralded by some as being a victory for free speech on campus. But it's not.

Why is your kid the boss of you?

Melissa Carr | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Melissa Carr

We've all heard about baby-led weaning. Even child-led potty training and child-led playing makes sense. But when did child-led-every-f*%king-thing in your life happen?

The Top Five Parenting Mistakes You Can't Afford to Make

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

There are parenting methods that are known to be detrimental if not downright damaging to a child. Try doing these and you'll more or less guarantee that your child will grow up to be a person who, let's say, won't be the most well-liked or respected in their social circle.

What I Learned This Week: Keep Grinding It Out

Andy Nulman | Posted 10.04.2013 | Canada
Andy Nulman

I think the best way to observe blog post number 1,000 is to write blog post number 1,001...the one you're now reading. And if there's one thing I'd like to celebrate with writing it, it's the value of discipline. I raise a toast to all those who have the discipline to grind it out, to keep showing up, and to pound through pain.

Why Only Certain Children Learn From Their Mistakes

Natacha V. Beim | Posted 09.14.2013 | Canada Living
Natacha V. Beim

A new study from Michigan State University shows people who think they can learn from their mistakes have a different brain reaction to errors than those who don't. Children who expect to make mistakes are much more willing to try new things and take on difficult tasks. As a result they're open to learning more both at school and in other environments.

Five Questions to Ask Before Sending Your Kid to a Sleepover

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

For those of us who have been there, the thought of your child spending the night at someone else's home can be quite anxiety-producing. After all, we won't be there to watch over them, make sure they're safe. Here are the five questions parents should ask before sending their child to a sleepover.

Parenting Isn't a Competition

Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick | Posted 07.24.2013 | Canada Living
Lianne Castelino and Andrea Howick

If we celebrate each others' successes rather than use them as a lightning rod for competition, our kids may actually understand the idea that what you have is really not important at the end of the day. What is important is who you are and how each of us treats each other.

The Cost of Spanking Our Children

Yummy Mummy Club | Posted 09.13.2014 | Canada Living
Yummy Mummy Club

I often hear this when talking about discipline methods for children. The key word in this sentence is "okay." What is our definition of this term, and is "okay" really what we want for our children? We now have a greater understanding of the impact of spanking and yelling, and how it negatively affects a person throughout their adult life.

Are Parents Scared Their Punishments Will Go Viral?

Samantha Kemp-Jackson | Posted 01.20.2013 | Canada Living
Samantha Kemp-Jackson

When it comes to discipline, many parents have taken a large step backwards, and technology is to blame. In this day and age of smart phone journalism, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook shares, parents have become wary and hesitant of punishing their children in case their actions at any moment are recorded and uploaded to a willing audience in a matter of seconds.

Willpower

Silken Laumann | Posted 06.17.2012 | Canada Living
Silken Laumann

I am reading a book right now called Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister and John Tierney. My partner David thinks this is hilarious, since I am, apparent...