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The Eighth Intelligence . . .

Harold Gardner put forth Multiple Intelligence Theory (MI) in his book Frames of Mind in 1983. Gardner’s theory redefined aspects of human intelligence, and one of the strengths of Gardner’s work was that he could accurately pinpoint parts of the brain that correlated to each described intelligence. Frames of Mind included seven types of intelligence: …Continue reading

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Understanding naughty . . .

All parents experience times when their children exhibit challenging behaviors. Understanding the causes behind those challenging behaviors can help. If we make the mistake of looking only at children’s behavior rather than their level of distress and needs, we miss an opportunity to really understand and connect with them and to ease their difficulty. During …Continue reading

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Understanding naughty . . .

When your child is being difficult, he or she is not trying to be a little bundle of naughtiness. Your child is simply a person, like anyone else, with complex emotional, psychological, and physiological needs. Children, however, do not have the means to cope with these complex needs. Last week we started discussing the emotional, …Continue reading

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Understanding naughty . . .

Your child has emotional, relationship, and physical needs that feed into behaviors, so when your child is being naughty, it is important to think about what is causing the behavior. Ask yourself, “Why is this behavior occurring now?” As a parent, if you can figure out why your child is behaving in a particular way, …Continue reading

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Strong emotions . . .

Everyone has all sorts of emotions. We all can feel intense joy and contentment or we can feel hurt, afraid, frustrated, sad, angry, and anxious to name a few. If we are lucky, we have found a way to express our feelings freely, safely, and constructively. If feelings are not expressed, emotions leak out in …Continue reading

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Talk to your baby . . .

Talking to your baby is one of the keys to enhancing your child’s brain development. How nice that it is so easy to do and costs nothing! Even the youngest babies are learning language, and when you talk to them, you are teaching them communication skills. Whether you are recounting your day, telling your infant …Continue reading

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