We’ve been showing a video of the classic “marshmallow experiment” for years at parent education seminars across the country. We re-constructed the experiment with a group of local parents here in the Twin Cities about ten years ago, and it serves as a catalyst for important conversations about the role that self-discipline plays in our children’s success and happiness....More...
Tag: Executive Function
Dr. Dave Walsh and Erin Walsh • April 12, 2016 • No Comments
Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • July 7, 2015 • No Comments
I have been cooking with my parents since I was a kid. Usually this involved sitting on the counter tasting the cookie dough batter (yes, with raw egg!), but not always. Sometimes I also helped by licking the brownie mix from the...More...
Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh • February 27, 2014 • No Comments
Emotion coaching helps kids learn how to manage powerful emotions and turns would-be power struggles into learning opportunities. Whether or not you know it, your children already sees you as their emotion coach. So here are five steps to start honing your coaching skills:
- Listen. Pay attention to...
Posted by Erin Walsh • February 27, 2014 • 1 Comment
At a recent workshop I asked parents to share something about their children that they were really proud of - not in terms of accomplishments, but in terms of behaviors they have been working on. This distinction is important.
You no doubt feel proud if your child makes the honor roll or sinks the winning basket in an important game. These are indeed accomplishments. Sometimes,...More...
Posted by Dr. Dave Walsh • January 10, 2014 • No Comments
A young woman approached me after a recent parenting seminar. “Hello, Dr. Walsh, my name is Isabela,” she began. “Can I ask you a question about my daughter?”
“Sure,” I responded.
“My family is from Guatemala. My mother lives with us and takes care of my baby daughter Flor while we are at work. Since my mother cannot speak English, my...More...
By Guest Blogger Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • January 7, 2014 • 1 Comment
You can hardly turn on the news without hearing about childhood obesity. This shouldn’t be surprising given the statistics: Roughly 33% of school-aged children and adolescents in the United States today are ...More...
Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh • December 30, 2013 • 1 Comment
For some of us, New Year’s resolutions can feel like just the thing that we need to make the changes we’ve been putting off. Yet sometimes the feelings of optimism and determination don’t last through the first few weeks of January. Many lofty New Year’s resolutions simply become pesky reminders of our failure to follow through.
Does that mean that resolutions...More...
By guest blogger Kiyah Duffey, Ph.D. • August 15, 2013 • 13 Comments
“You have to finish what’s on your plate before you can have dessert.”
It’s something that many of us likely heard as children, and have possibly even used with our own kids. Wanting our children to learn not to be wasteful (or...More...
Posted by Erin Walsh • May 20, 2013 • 4 Comments
I just wrote a blog post about self-regulation, technology, and the importance of managing the environment to set our kids (and ourselves) up for success.
Here are 8 ways to reduce digital distractions and boost productivity:
- Cut out background media and discourage multitasking (the exception to this might...
Posted by Erin Walsh • May 10, 2013 • 2 Comments
We live in a world that begs our attention and engagement at every turn. Even as I settle in to write this blog post, Ping! A new email; Beep! someone posted on my Facebook timeline; Bzzz. my phone alerts me to a text even though I've put it on vibrate in a weak attempt to avoid incoming distractions.
Given all these temptations, it is amazing that I am still here typing away. Thank...More...
Dr. Dave and Erin Walsh • April 30, 2013
Posted by Erin Walsh • April 29, 2013
Want your child to succeed in school and life? Then look beyond IQ scores and test results. We've written before about the importance of self-discipline, but the story doesn't end there. A whole host of mental skills—constituting what is called executive function--determine how as opposed to what...More...