Are My Kids on Track: Boys & Empathy

Responding with empathy is more naturally instinctive for some individuals than others.  Just as one child might be stronger in math and another in spelling, we all bend in certain directions.   Some of us are more extroverted, some of us more introverted.   Some more analytical, some more creative.   We could circle around the nature vs. nurture argument for days, months or years. Bottom line - both are contributing factors.  

Some individuals more naturally think of others, and some more naturally think of themselves.   During adolescence, we all spend more time thinking about ourselves.   Sadly, some adults never move beyond that tendency...

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Are My Kids on Track: Boys and Perspective Part Two

It’s vital for boys to understand males often experience emotions with physicality attached to them.   It’s why boys are prone to screaming, hitting, punching, balling up their fists or gritting their teeth.  I’ve worked with boys who even growl like an animal when the emotion erupts inside of them.   When a boy can channel the physicality of the emotion into something useful, he can offset the possibility of hurting others (or himself).   We will explore more of this in chapter four with the milestone of Resourcefulness.

In a non-problematic time, I have boys make a list of five things they could do outside and inside involving movement of some kind.  It’s not that listening to music, reading or playing on the iPad isn’t useful...

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Happy Countdown to Mother's Day

Happy Countdown to Mother’s Day!  We’re about to start our own Mom’s brand of March Madness at Raising Boys and Girls!  It’s been so fun hearing from those of you who are reading our new book, Are My Kids On Track?!  So, in honor of Mother’s Day, we’re about to start 12 weeks of Giveaways featuring YOU!!!  Each week, we’ll highlight a different milestone from the book.  (If you’re late to the Are My Kids on Track party, it includes 12 milestones we believe are crucial for kids to reach and are happening less and less these days.  There are 4 emotional, 4 social, and 4 spiritual).  So, here’s the plan...

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Are My Kids on Track: Boys and Perspective Part One

Boys are primarily visual, spatial and experiential learners.   Did you notice auditory is nowhere in that list? Despite knowing this, we fall into the trap of talking at and talking to boys way too much, forgetting they learn best by going through the motions.  Think about the Compassion story I shared.  You’d be correct in assuming though I’d spent a lifetime understanding the concepts of poverty and hunger in third world countries, it didn’t become real to me until I traveled to South America, visited those sites, interacted with children and families, and heard their stories.   The experience expanded and deepened my perspective.   

I challenge parents to avoid lecturing about hungry children across the world, when their own kids don’t clean their plates and waste food.  Rather than lecturing, take them to a local Soup Kitchen and serve as a family.   They will develop perspective differently...

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Are My Kids on Track: Girls and Perspective Part Two

Building Block #1: A Scale aka Drama-mometer

On my fortieth birthday, I had a kidney stone. Forty was not the new thirty for me. It was miserable . . . blew my “stubbed toe might be the most significant pain” theory right out of the water. Since then, I’ve heard from many women that one teeny kidney stone causes more pain than natural childbirth. I now have a new understanding of those little scales they hang up in the ER. You’ve seen them. They’re numbered 1–10 and have a little happy face on the left side at 1 . . . and a miserable face at 10 on the right. I wish every home had a similar pain assessment tool for girls...

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Are My Kids on Track: Girls and Perspective Part One

We are only 5 days away from the release of "Are My Kids on Track?" Have you pre-ordered your copy yet? We are so excited to share this new parenting resource with each of you! Nashville, we would love to see you, on Tuesday night, February 14, at the book release party! It will be from 6-9pm, at K. McCarthy, in Green Hills.  There will be book signing, festive treats, holiday shopping, and give-aways!

Today, we hear from Sissy, in the book on Girls and Perspective.  This will be a two-part series so tune in next week for the second half...

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