Every parent of an acting-out child knows that once your kid has a reputation for being a troublemaker at school, it’s very difficult to undo that label. That’s because your child becomes the label. When the teacher looks at him, she often just sees a troublemaker.
For many parents, getting their kids to do their homework is a nightly struggle. Some kids refuse to do their homework. Others claim that they don’t have homework, but then the report card comes out, and you realize that their work was not being done.
When we discipline our children, our primary goal should be to help them develop the long-term character strengths we want them to have.
Hopscotch, jump rope, dodgeball … did you know that playing these games as a kid actually made you smarter? Exercise, particularly the kind that challenges your body to move differently or learn new tasks, helps grow neurons and increase the nerve pathways in your brain.