Sure, you praise your kids. And they look at you with beaming little faces. Such a warm feeling, if only for a moment. But, is that all there is to praise? What’s simmering in the brain behind those sparkling eyes? It may well depend on the precise nature of the praise you … [Read more...]
Teens are at a fascinating stage of life. Curious explorers on the doorsteps of adulthood. Rapidly becoming more aware of themselves and of the adult world around them. Both bold and frightened of what lies ahead. Parenting your teens is an adventure for you, as well. Guiding them towards independence. Preparing them to hold their own in an ever-changing world. It’s a worthy cause, and no small feat.
Below you’ll find posts on the topic of parenting teens, with emphasis on ways to help your teens become intellectually capable, independent adults.
If you want a more systematic approach to help your teen build strong study habits, you might consider my free 12-part Learning Coach course for busy parents.
What is the opposite of being motivated to succeed? Well, it must be lack of motivation. Or not caring. Because surely nobody is motivated to do poorly. Or are they? A study published in the Journal of Educational Psychology shows that in fact some students purposefully behave in … [Read more...]
“Trust me?” You send him off to school. Drive him to soccer practice. Then there’s dinner. And, you know, a little TV. Says he’s getting homework done. But there doesn’t seem to be that much. Gets it all done in school. Hmm. Trust me. Hmm. You want to trust him. You don’t have time to … [Read more...]